3 Diabetes-Friendly Holiday Recipes

3 Diabetes-Friendly Holiday Recipes

The holiday season can be an uncertain time for people living with diabetes. As someone with type 1 diabetes, I know the struggles of navigating parties, family dinners, and other holiday events. And when it comes to cooking for others, it can feel next to impossible trying to balance what is diabetes-friendly with what is easy to cook and tastes delicious

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6 Delicious Diabetes Recipes You'll Love This Summer

 
6 Delicious Diabetes Recipes You'll Love This Summer
 

6 Delicious Diabetes Recipes You'll Love This Summer

Finding recipes that make it easier, and not harder, to manage blood sugar levels when you're diabetic can be hard. And just when it seems like you've found some great recipes and foods, things go out of season, and you have to start the search all over again. 

Well, don't worry. Your favorite dietitians and diabetes experts have compiled 6 different recipes for you to try this summer. They're loaded with all the necessary blood sugar stabilizing things: complex carbs, protein, fat, fiber, etc. Check them out by clicking the button below...

This post was sponsored by Healthline Media. All thoughts and ideas are my own...


10 Ways to Treat Low Blood Sugar with Real Food

 
10 Ways to Treat Low Blood Sugar with Real Food
 

10 Ways to Treat Low Blood Sugar with Real Food

Shaky. Fuzzy. Sleepy. Tired. Low. Crashing.

These are all words I used growing up as a type 1 diabetic, to describe how I was feeling when my blood sugar was low.

I was diagnosed when I was 5. So I came up with some interesting ways to describe how I was feeling to my parents and other adults in my life. 

So, what is the proper treatment for low blood sugar? To answer that question, we first need to know what’s considered low blood sugar, or hypoglycemia. The American Diabetes Association (ADA) defines hypoglycemia as anytime your blood sugar is lower than normal. This can be different for each person with diabetes, but it usually means blood sugar less than 70 mg/dL. Symptoms to look out for include:

  • tiredness
  • increased appetite
  • cloudy thinking
  • blurry vision
  • an inability to concentrate
  • pale facial complexion
  • sweating

I’ve sometimes described it to my non-diabetic friends as an almost “out of body” experience.

Once you start to feel these symptoms, it’s important to immediately test your blood sugar to confirm if you are, in fact, experiencing hypoglycemia.

Once you’ve confirmed your blood sugar is low — or lower than normal — how should you treat it? Essentially, you want fast-acting carbohydrates: simple sugars with little to no fiber. You also want to avoid high-fat foods. The fat that will often stabilize blood sugars after meals can actually delay how quickly your body absorbs those needed simple carbohydrates. In the case of low blood sugar, that’s the opposite of what you want.


 
10 Ways to Treat Low Blood Sugar with Real Food