We celebrate multitude of festivals and each one has a common denominator “ calorie rich delicacies. Sweet sugary Rasgollas, crisp deep fried Puris, fragrant Biryanis and of course Laddoos, Pedas, Sheera etc. There is temptation everywhere, making it even more difficult to resist.
A downer however, is that people around a diabetic person seem encourage them to eat whatever they feel like. Along with increase in consumption of calorie rich food, festivities breakdown your regular nutrition schedule. Due to frequent guesting and pooja ceremonies, exercise schedule goes for a toss too.
Here are some of the bigger issues:
- Diabetics, for certain festivities, observe strict fast which means water is not consumed throughout the day; this causes dehydration. At dusk, when food is consumed, it leads to a spike in blood sugars. Dehydration combined with hyperglycemia (high blood sugars) can lead to dizziness, fatigue, headache, confusion and rarely unconsciousness or coma.
- With the festiveness, comes lots of party and dancing. Due to less amount of water or food intake during continuous dancing sessions, one could suffer from low sugar and dehydration. As an exact opposite, high-calorie snacks and colas are offered periodically, which trigger high blood sugars
- During the festive season, it is a dictum to visit family, friends and neighbours. This involves partaking in the delicacies prepared by hosts; this comes with the fact that the food they offer must be eaten “ hungry or not, one must eat!
Festivities can also be enjoyed while one keeps a track of their food and workout schedules.
Here are some quick tips to keep diabetes in check:
- Plan your meals in advance: If you™re venturing out, predefine what you will eat. Carry some nuts or fruits in case you have no suitable options
- Do not skip your meals: This can impact your blood sugar levels
- Keep your calorie intake in check: Do pay attention to portion size. Eating low protein meats and vegetables is a good option
- Do not give up on desert completely: The best way to have a piece of your favorite sweet is to plan your carbohydrate intake a few hours in advance
- Always stay hydrated: Always carry water bottles with you. An oral glucose gel is also a good option.
(Disclaimer: Writer is Dr TejalLathia, Consultant Endocrinologist, Hiranandani Hospital, Vashi. Views expressed are personal opinion.)