Holiday food hoarder

If your family is anything like mine, the holiday season means extra cooking and baking. Even before Thanksgiving, I was questioning whether or not I could be healthy during the holidays.

I had a great time with Victoria, another member of the diabetes community, during Thanksgiving. But I had a horrible time with my diabetes management during the long weekend. Despite increased basals, site changes, reservoir changes, and every other change I could make, I could not get my blood glucose to stay in range. I was determined not to have it ruin the holiday, so I did the best I could and enjoyed the time with a good friend.

With the memory of my Thanksgiving troubles, I was pretty worried about my diabetes management for Christmas. Not only are the food choices plentiful and sugarful, but I have to deal with traveling across multiple time zones and spending multiple hours in the car. Other than a troublesome Christmas Eve dinner that involved some ill-timed spikes from a glass of wine and delicious homemade bread, I had probably the most consistently in-range blood glucose results of any holiday season in recent history.

Maybe it was because the in range numbers took the focus was off my graph, but I started thinking more about a different holiday problem I experience, and I am hoping I am not the only one.

I am a holiday food hoarder.

Any time there are sweet treats around the house, I want to save them. I want to save them because I might NEED them. If that doesn’t sound like a hoarder, I don’t know what does.

I love baking and I love sharing the final product with family and friends, but sometimes I worry. Last year, my mom and I made some red velvet whoopie pies and when she wanted to give the last few away, we got in a huge fight. I didn’t want to eat them at the time, but what if I was low later and needed a snack? What if I NEEDED those whoopie pies later?

This year I made cake balls and peanut butter cup cookies and my mom made buckeyes. All three treats were the perfect bite-sized snacks. We loaded them up and took them to my brother’s house.

Every time we enjoyed an afternoon snack or a treat before bed, I found myself counting how many treats were left. Not because I necessarily wanted to eat them at that point, but because I wanted to save them for the future – just in case.

Am I the only food hoarder or do you find yourself keeping an eye on your sweet treat counts as well?


  • LOL! This happens in our house as well. I look at our counter and see Cookie Mountain overflowing into Cake Valley with a dozen candy cane bridges in between. Our little girl has entered 2012 thinking that chocolate, candy, and cookies and three foundational food groups.

  • Oh my goodness. There are more people like me that do this? I didn’t realize that is what I was doing but you pointed it out. I have 2 whoopie pies in kitchen that I guess that I am hoarding. I think I had better get rid of them…give them to the kids or throw them out.

    • Isn’t it weird?! Until that fight with my mom, I had no idea I was doing it. When I started to think more about it, it made “diabetes sense” but not normal people sense. It’s hard to let it go!

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