Diabetic? These 10 ways can make the wedding season sweeter for you

Your blood sugar may shoot up during the wedding season binge. Here are a few tips to manage diabetes without it being a spoilsport!
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Diabetes can get spiked up and difficult to manage during the wedding season. Image courtesy: Shutterstock
Dr Anish Desai Updated: 30 Oct 2023, 11:11 am IST
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The wedding and festive season in India is in its absolute pomp and show. For some, it may be a reason for families to get together, while others may seek comfort in food. These festive events have a display of sugar-rich sweets and snacks, leading to an indulgence. This needs mindful eating practices to manage diabetes and to prevent your sugar levels from going through the roof!

The current pandemic, wedding, and festive season have become a reason to pay extra attention to our well-being when we have health conditions like diabetes. Managing health smartly and effectively is crucial in diabetic patients as they have the risk of heart disease, foot problems, and kidney disorders. Managing glucose and HbA1C levels, maintaining a healthy lifestyle, and regular consultation with the doctor is crucial in controlling diabetes efficiently.

However, it isn’t easy to maintain a healthy diet plan during the wedding and festive season as they are often centered around food. But, proper planning can help us to make healthier choices while enjoying the wedding and festive season with family and friends.

Tips to manage diabetes during the wedding and festive season:

1. Better planning:

Before going into any event, it is important to have a plan for what to eat. If you are planning to eat only snacks then select snacks with lower calorie count. Selection of snacks with low calorie count will help to prevent a spike in blood sugar. Pro tip: Avoid consumption of dips or sauces as it contains hidden calories, salt and sugar.

2. Avoid skipping meals:

During the festive and wedding season, skipping meals can affect blood sugar levels. Try to consume food at each meal time to maintain a healthy blood sugar.

3. Drink a lot of water:

Drinking water is crucial for being healthy but recent studies show that it also helps in burning calories. Staying hydrated is usually associated with consuming less calories with sugar, cholesterol and salt.

4. Opt for healthy snacks:

Choosing healthy snacks options such as olives, nuts and fruits can help to prevent spike in blood sugar level.

Choosing the right snack will help you keep a tab on your blood sugar. Image courtesy: Shutterstock

5. Avoid bakery foods:

Bakery foods are usually high calorie foods and can cause an increase in blood sugar level. Avoiding bakery food during the festive and wedding season helps to maintain healthy weight and blood sugar level in check.

6. Avoid alcohol:

Alcohol consists of a larger number of sugar and calories which can cause an increase in blood sugar level. Therefore, avoiding alcohol consumption can help to keep your blood sugar level in limit.

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Manage diabetes by bidding adieu to alcohol at the wedding. Image courtesy: Shutterstock

7. Eat low carbohydrate food:

Choosing low carb foods such as veggies, nuts, meats during the wedding season can help to keep yourself in a safe zone. Carry some guilt-free snacks to avoid extra oily and processed snacks for emergencies.

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8. Carry your medicines:

If you are traveling to another city for the wedding, remember to carry your medicines for diabetes.

9. Do regular exercise or yoga:

Start your day with yoga or exercise as it will lower blood sugar levels and burn extra calories.

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Control your diabetes with exercise and diet. Image courtesy: Shutterstock

10. Monitor blood sugar level:

With all of the festivities at home and the constant visitors, it’s easy to lose track of your sugar levels. As a result, it’s a good idea to check your blood glucose levels before and after meals to keep track of any swings. This will also give you a good indication if you need to stop eating sweets altogether or cut back on how much you eat for the next several weeks until your blood sugar levels are under control.

The takeaway

The most essential thing to remember is to spend time with your loved ones throughout the wedding season. Make time to relax and unwind with friends and family to avoid the stress. And, once the festivities are over, don’t forget to get back to your regular routine and burn off those indulgent foods.

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