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Tips to keep your diabetes in check this festive season

Tips to keep your diabetes in check
this festive season

The festive season is here and it can really throw people, with diabetes, off schedule! And as much as you want to nosedive into the delicious sweets, you must not forget your health. Diabetes is a serious health condition that does not forgive carelessness. While it is completely understandable to let go sometimes in favour of keeping the mood of the occasion, you should not disrupt your diabetes care routine.

Here are a few tips to help you enjoy the festive season when you have diabetes.

  • Monitor yourself

    If you are diabetic, you probably already have the Glucometer or glucose monitor for yourself. It is a portable device that instantly computes your blood sugar levels in the comfort of your home. If you do not have one, it is advisable to get one as it enables you to immediately check your insulin levels as soon as you feel distortion of any sort. Thus, helping you in taking quick action before the problem gets worse.

    It is important to mention that the reading provided by the glucometer is supposed to represent a bracket of readings and not an exact one. So, work around it accordingly.
  • Eat small portions

    This is a very helpful trick for not just maintaining sugar levels, but also maintaining weight in general. It may not be that easy to plan your meals in advance in the peak festive season, but eating less than you crave will save you from hurting your glucose levels adversely. This effectively applies to sweets as well. According to American Diabetes Association (ADA), diabetics should eat 4-5 small meals during the day instead of three larger meals.
  • Watch out for the carbs

    It is important to track the total amount of carbohydrate when it comes to managing blood glucose. Carbohydrates include sugars, starches, and fibre and affects your blood glucose more than any other nutrients. When you consume carbohydrates, your digestive system breaks down the sugars and starches into glucose, raising your blood sugar levels. Chapatis, potatoes, rice and bread are all carb-rich foods and also form a major part of your diet. Limiting their consumption is the key. Go for brown rice instead of white rice and brown bread instead of white bread. While buying any food outside, do check the total grams of carbohydrate per serving on a food label.
  • Make food yourself

    Since eating glucose-rich foods made by others at various events seem to be the problem, a simple solution is making your food yourself. If you are hosting a party or treating your friends and colleagues at work, instead of purchasing junk food and sweets from outside, prepare them yourself at your home. Include lots of non-starchy vegetables such as cucumber, mushrooms, onion, tomato etc. Avoid starchy vegetables like potatoes, corn and peas as they contain more carbohydrate. For desserts, you can include fig mousse, phirni, ragi oats ladoo, cottage cheese kheer etc.
  • Exercise frequently

    Exercise should already be a part of your daily routine as it's a great way to lower blood sugar. But extending your exercise time by 10 minutes or so during the festive season will prove to be extremely helpful. If you happen to overeat at some point during the day, the best way to get rid of excess consumption is by exercising frequently.

    Another effective alternative to burning away those carbs is including the workout in your daily routine. For example, walking home from work instead of using a vehicle. Consult your doctor about an exercise plan before you start exercising.
  • Say no to Detox

    A very common practice during the festive season is to detox your body right after it. No matter how hard we try, we tend to overeat and aggravate sugar levels during the festive season and this may tempt you to undergo detox. Detox is performed by consuming only selected foods and juices throughout the day with preference to the liquids. It deep cleanses your body from the inside. However, detox diets aren't recommended for diabetics as some of the diets may include a higher carbohydrate intake, causing blood sugar to rise.
  • Doctor's help

    You must not shy away from consulting your doctor at any point because your doctor knows your exact needs and requirements and would provide the right advice on what to eat and how to avoid the unsuitable food. You may also ask them for specific medication for the purpose of immediate relief.

    Maintaining a healthy weight, eating a balanced diet is essential for effective management of diabetes. Let your friends know about your diabetes as they will be more likely to help you stick to your plans.

Other than these, you can also think about gifting an array of presents like spa vouchers for rejuvenation, a collection of different lights to make the house shine brighter, herbs and seasonings as they are an important part of Indian kitchen and many such gifts. So, make sure this Diwali you don't just gift but introduce a new lifestyle habit for your loved ones and you.


The purpose of this blog is to promote broad consumer understanding and knowledge of various health and wellness topics. It is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health care provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition or treatment and before undertaking a new health care regimen, and never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read on this website.


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