Over the next 12 days, we will be sharing daily posts to motivate you to think about your health and well-being during the holiday season. Some posts will focus on handy tips, while others will offer a reflexion. We hope these words will inspire you and we invite you to share them with friends, neighbors and family.
If you are diabetic or has a loved one with diabetes, you know how important routines are to maintain the body’s glucose levels. This can be a challenge, however, during the holiday season when food and desserts are abundant. Here are some holiday tips:
- Plan your meals in advance. If you are going to a party and know there won’t be many healthy options, snack or eat ahead of time. If you are going to a family gathering, take some food you can eat or ask for a special dish. If you are going to a restaurant, look up their menu online or call ahead to know what you can order.
- Use comfortable shoes. If you are going to the mall to buy gifts or going to a holiday party, make sure to wear comfortable shoes to avoid lesions, scrapes, and cuts. Before going to bed, it is advisable to check your feet with a small mirror, especially if you feel discomfort or pain.
- Rest when possible. Overwhelm is common during the holidays, whether taking care of family guests, running errands or doing last-minute shopping, cooking or getting the house ready for a gathering. It is important to schedule moments to rest and take it easy. Avoid stress as much as possible.
- Drink plenty water. It is easy to get dehydrated, which is why drinking water throughout the day is important. Did you know the “hunger” we sometimes feel is really thirst?
- Schedule your yearly annual check up. Start the year off with the right foot by scheduling your annual check up in January.