They are so cute. How can you not buy one or two or three?
Many of you reading this article have been diagnosed with type 2 Diabetes or know someone with Diabetes. Having type 2 Diabetes means your body has developed a resistance to insulin and, thus, your blood sugar is higher than it should be. Most likely, you’ll take daily doses of metformin to increase your insulin sensitivity, exercise to lower your blood sugar and, in some cases, inject the insulin you need.
Having struggled with Diabetes for a while, I’ve grown used to the tiresome blood sugar tests and to the routine of taking medication. I’ve also tried my very best to stay on a rigorous, sugar-free diet, which I’ve achieved with various degrees of success according to my mood, my cravings and, I’ll admit it, to my own sweet tooth.
Christmas cookies, why can’t you be harmless?
But if someone allowed me to choose a final Diabetes-free week - without worries about carb-counting, blood sugar highs and lows - it would be Christmas. There is nothing as hard as resisting the mash potatoes on the table, the yummy-looking sugar cookies your neighbor kindly offered, the nice box of chocolates people are sharing at the office, the pumpkin pie on your best
friend’s Instagram or Google Plus, the sweet potato pie on your favorite Facebook page, the pecan pie your mom
excels at. Food’s everywhere! And I am the original Cookie Monster as O have mentioned many times--one for each hand please!!
And it seems that the more you avoid it, the harder it gets: how can you be so rude as not to taste everything that’s being offered to you? How can you resist your sugar cravings all the time? How can a little, tiny Christmas treat do you so much harm? Some people eat a whole box of them and don’t have to worry! I know I’m not alone. A lot of you must feel the same. So what can we do to make Christmas time easier?
Oscar Wilde once said that the only way to get rid of temptation is to yield it - and that’s why I’ve given up resisting everything. I’ve found that if I don’t allow myself even one little treat, the frustration alone will make me crave them even more. In previous years I let my cravings grow so much that when I finally gave in, I ate too much. Worse - I often ate things that looked good, but weren’t as tasty as I thought they would be.
This year, I’ve decided to give in and eat a small chocolate piece each day after dinner. And when I say little, I mean it - European portions. Since I still have to clean up the kitchen afterwards and take care of the house, I use the chocolate calories almost immediately and I do not get sugar highs. On Christmas day, I’ve decided to allow myself only one dessert - my favorite pie, PUMPKIN which will satisfy me more than anything else. And you, how are you coping with the holidays this year?
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