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Foot Health: Tips on healthy holiday feasting for those managing diabetes

By Dr. Jamie Settles Carter
Special to KyForward

It’s that time of year again! This time of year is full of yummy family feasts, work pot lucks, and parties!

This is my favorite time of year. However, if you are one of the 29 million Americans that has diabetes, this time of year can be daunting and stressful. With so many delectable goodies laid out before you, your glucose meter can sometimes take a back seat.

Unless you are doing all of the cooking yourself and your doing an entire diabetic friendly meal, you have some challenges ahead head of you, but do not fret! Here are a few tips to help keep your blood sugar in check, while still enjoying the holidays.


· Stay on schedule-It is important to stay on your regularly scheduled diabetic medicine and insulin, unless your primary care doctor advises differently. Gatherings are often scheduled at irregular meal times, which may be difficult, but it’s important to keep your blood sugar levels properly maintained.

· Stay active- Use the holidays as motivation to get moving! Start a new tradition of taking a walk before the big meal. If bad weather is an issue, find activities that you may do in the house, such as walking on a treadmill. Even something as simple as washing the dishes counts! You can also make plans to go shopping. The goal is to avoid sitting for long periods of time if possible.

· Be picky- Choose a few of your favorite dishes that only come around once or twice a year that you want to be your indulgence. Remember, you don’t have to sample every single dish that is set before you.

Also, portion control is very important with diabetes. You can also enjoy that low fat, high protein, carb free Turkey. Just don’t smother it in grandma’s gravy!

· Focus on family- Remember the real reason for the feast, family! Spend time catching up with family and friends, people you don’t see regularly. Instead of gravitating to the kitchen for a taste or going back for a second helping, talk to great uncle Larry about how his new job is.

Having diabetes isn’t a reason to avoid family and friend get-togethers with all their tasty treats. Just enjoy it responsibly! Wishing you and yours a happy and safe holiday season.


Dr. Jamie Settles Carter is a Podiatrist and partner at Lexington Podiatry

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