Festivals in India come with their set of enjoyment of culture, fun and scrumptious dishes that are difficult to resist, especially when you are with your family and friends. But with all this, we tend to forget the health risks we are surrounded with and indulge ourselves in eating more sweets and frequent snacks, resulting in higher blood glucose levels!
Though, a lot of people with diabetes put off festivals fearing the problems that may arise due to high blood sugars and simply resist themselves from that delicious piece of mithai, but, it is true that, we all want to binge during special occasions. Isn?t it?
To ensure you do not put yourself at risk of hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) or hyperglycemia (high blood sugar), we?ve listed a few tips that can surely help you to eat right this holi while enjoying the real spirit of the festival!
1. For the festival day, cut back on other carbohydrates during your meal to leave some room for extra bites of snacks and sweets.
2. Drink plenty of water just before snacking on festival day. This will bring a feeling of fullness, bringing down your craving to eat more. Drinking enough water also helps your body eliminate excess glucose through urine.
3. Do not miss your insulin intake as prescribed and do not skip your exercise routine on the day of the festival.
4. Always remember to check your blood sugar levels during the festival day. This will help you plan how you are going to manage your diet in advance, relax and enjoy delicious food over the festive season.
5. Combat overeating: On an average a healthy adult requires around 2,000 calories a day but constant snacking in between regular meals during festivals results in intake of 1,500 extra calories. Hence, choose wisely amongst the various choices you have keeping the calorie count in mind and limit your meal portions by taking a spoonful instead of a full serving.
6. Schedule your special meals for lunch: For partying with your family and friends on festival day, plan your special meals during lunch to burn those extra calorie intake during the day?s activities and movement. Also, try to keep your breakfast and dinner light and healthy to manage the intake of calories.
7. Select protein rich food item from the assortment. Proteins break down into glucose less efficiently than carbohydrate, resulting in slow effect of proteins on blood glucose levels.
8. Stay active to compensate for the extra calories that are consumed. Dancing can be one way of losing those extra calories you eat during festival day and inturn can be a way of enjoyment with your family and friend.
9. If you eating out try not to arrive hungry or you are likely to overeat. Keep your regular meal pattern and have a small filling snack just before you head out such as a piece of fruit.
10. It goes without saying that please stick to your usual routine diabetic diet plan as much as possible to avoid any health risks and enjoy your festival to its fullest!
Wishing you a very Happy Holi !
Kawaljit Kaur: Kawaljit is a healthcare professional with an experience of over 15 years in healthcare operations. Her last corporate position was Vice President-Operations at Centre for Sight. As a writer, she has an expertise in writing medical contents and those related to present healthcare scenarios for various platforms that include medical professionals, healthcare companies, web health portals, hospitals and at present also heading the healthcare magazine.