The holidays are often uncomfortable for those with diabetes. A challenge to your diet meant in concern can come across as prying or rude, so have a good comeback ready when you go.
Cash Paid for Diabetic Test Strips: The holidays may have a bittersweet feeling to them for diabetics who have concerned relatives. As good as their intentions may be, some may come across as the self professed protectors of the diabetic among them. If this sounds familiar, don’t avoid family gatherings, but instead learn some tactics for dealing with the sugar cops at the table.
The holidays may have a bittersweet feeling to them for diabetics who have concerned relatives. As good as their intentions may be, some may come across as the self professed protectors of the diabetic among them.
As a diabetic you are most likely fully invested in the situation and have spent countless hours planning your future by changing your diet, increasing your exercise routines, and consulting with expert endocrinologists and diabetic counseling specialists. There is probably no one alive who knows better about your personal situation. You know what to eat and what not to eat. If you are an adult, there should be a built in respect for your opinion when it comes to taking care of yourself. Remembering just that can give you a different demeanor and people will be less likely to believe you need to be pitied or cared for as though you can’t do it yourself.
Another thing to remember is that they are most likely uncomfortable with your condition and want to help in some way. If you know what your own boundaries are, you can portray that to your hosts if dining away from home. Let them know ahead of time if you know they will serve many things that you won’t be able to eat. Try to work out a compromise by helping them to choose something that will agree with your diet. This is a great way to make your hosts feel as though they are helping as you will collaborate to put the meal plans together.
- There is probably no one alive who knows better about your personal situation.
- You know what to eat and what not to eat.
- If you know what your own boundaries are, you can portray that to your hosts if dining away from home.
This might not work so well if you don’t know the hosts well. Calling ahead to ask them to serve or not serve certain items might seem rude or forward. In this case you can casually mention that you are diabetic and will provide some dishes that you are able to eat. In many cases when that conversation takes place, the hosts will be alerted that you’ll bring some food that will be your main dishes and they won’t feel offended when you eat only what you yourself brought to the meal. Let them know upfront. Have a reply ready in case someone is insensitive and gives you a difficult time for eating a bit of specially prepared baked goods. You might let them know you appreciate their concern, but you have it under control.
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