Holidays and Special Occasions
Parties and holidays often involve special or traditional foods and
drinks. Eating foods that aren’t normally part of your meal plan
can affect your blood glucose. But you can adjust your meal plan or
insulin dose to allow for these foods. (Ask your health care provider
to show you how.) Remember to check your blood glucose often
to see how different foods affect you. And talk to your health care
provider and clergy about safer ways to fast during religious holidays.
Social Situations: When It's Hard to Say “No”
Well-meaning family and friends may not always understand your
meal choices. This can be especially true at parties or other social
gatherings. But you don’t have to eat or drink something that
affects your blood glucose just to be polite. If you find yourself
eating or cooking to please others, try the tips below:
• You can accept any food and drink that is offered. But you
don’t have to eat or drink it. Just holding a drink or small plate
of food is often enough. This will usually keep people from
insisting that you have another helping or another drink.
• Plan ahead. Bring a dish to share that you know you will enjoy.
Then you won’t have to feel deprived if most of the offered
food doesn’t fit into your meal plan.
• At home, you can cook different side dishes or prepare
traditional foods in healthier ways. Talk with your family
about the benefits these changes can bring.