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?
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?