The upcoming holiday season can be one of the most difficult times of year to sustain a healthy lifestyle. No matter how good your intentions, the temptation to over-indulge and under-exercise can be overwhelming.
Given the chance of a celebration, we often throw caution to the wind and join in with the eating and drinking opportunities that accompany parties with gusto. There’s absolutely no need to miss out on anything - your friends and family don’t even need to know - with just a few small changes you can have a wonderful holiday without any scary spikes.
We’ve come up with a few ideas for how you can make this time of year better and healthier than ever! You could follow a suggestion from each category, or mix and match a few to fit a particular occasion.
This selection of ideas is of course non-definitive - there’s lots of things you can do to maintain your health during party-season. We’d love to hear if you’ve got any tips for managing your diabetes around Christmas; leave us a comment on our Facebook page to join the conversation.
Update your party spirit
Have a bit more of a game plan at social events. You can distract yourself from chain-eating mince pies or consuming endless glasses of calorie filled mulled mine by having more fun doing alternative things such as:
1. Avoid the buffet - Spend time with the people you haven’t seen for a while rather than heading straight for the buffet. Eating sensibly before the party will avoid the temptation to fill up on calorific party treats. If you use FreeStyle InsuLinx then the built in calculator will help you with suggested mealtime doses so you should be all set before you arrive.
2. Spend time with the family - Finding things the whole family will enjoy can be tricky, however taking a walk between your main course and pudding at family celebrations can be a great way to re-energise, get endorphins going, burn calories, and catch-up.
3. Hit the dance floor - This is a great way to burn calories and simultaneously become the life and soul of the party. You also get to avoid any awkward/boring small talk… If you’re out partying for Christmas, remember to take your meter with you. All the blood glucose meters in the FreeStyle range come with a discrete carry case small enough to slip into your pocket or favourite clutch bag.
4. Go shopping - Buying presents for everyone can be exhausting, but on the bright side it is great physical exercise (Note: this is not applicable to online shopping). The excitement of end of season sales can really burn calories. The new FreeStyle Libre flash glucose monitoring system is great when you’re on the move as it’s possible to get a reading from the sensor even through clothing1. No need to start stripping off when it’s cold outside!
5. Use a pedometer - Christmas can include a lot of TV-watching & board game-playing which doesn’t involve much movement. Sometimes you just need a reality check about how little you are up and about. Try and do about 10,000 steps a day no matter what; it will really boost your energy, make you feel better… let’s face it, it’s not much and won’t take too long :-).
1. The reader can capture data from the sensor when it is within 1cm to 4cm of the sensor