Beat the food police this Easter

Wednesday, 8 April 2020

Easter can be a tricky time of year for people living with diabetes. The food police are often on hand to question your food choices and offer advice.

You might be gifted with Easter Eggs and Hot-Cross buns. However, you might also be gifted with varying attitudes towards how you manage your diabetes.  Many of which might make you feel under pressure from those who are there to support you.  Whether it’s an overly-caring aunty or a cousin who’s researched the latest and greatest, it can be tricky to remind yourself that everyone has your best interest at heart.

So how do you navigate various opinions of what you ‘can’ and ‘can’t’ eat while keeping stress levels to a minimal during these celebratory times?

Talk to a health professional  

Whether it’s your GP appointment, Diabetes Educator, Dietitian or the Diabetes NSW & ACT Helpline, talking to someone can be an excellent step in boosting your confidence when it comes to answering questions about your diabetes and how you’re managing it.

Be prepared

If you’re eating with your immediate family offer to help with cooking.  That way you can choose a dish that will be suitable for you and make it easier to manage your blood glucose levels. Check out our recipe section for healthy meal options.  If you’re ordering take away from a restaurant, have a look at the menu ahead of time rather than rushing through it on the day.

If you know there will be lots of chocolate along with negative comments around what you choose to eat, come up with a useful phrase to let people know how you are feeling.  Our Psychologist on Call has the following suggestion ‘When you comment negatively on the food that I eat, it makes me feel upset.  I would like you to trust that I know what I am doing.’

Check your blood glucose levels

It can be tempting to put off checking your blood glucose levels.  This can be especially true if you feel down when results are outside of your target range.  But remember, it’s not a test you can pass or fail, it’s just information to help you manage your diabetes.  It might be a good idea to talk to your Diabetes Educator or GP to help you put a plan in place for when they are outside your target range.

Plan an activity

If you know Easter is likely to consist of a lot of eating and chatting but not much moving, include an activity everyone can join in on.  For example, a timed Easter egg hunt in the backyard or a game of cricket, a stroll around the block. Whatever activity you choose, make sure it meets the current COVID-19 restrictions on social gatherings and exercise.

Talk to someone

If you find that you’re feeling stressed or anxious about Easter talk about it with your partner, friends, family or your healthcare team. It can be comforting to share your worries with someone who will listen and provide support.

Many people living with diabetes experience common feelings of worry and frustration.  These feelings can often arise from concerns about how you are looking after yourself and whether you feel supported by those around you.

If you need some extra help getting ready for Easter call us on 1300 342 238. We’re here to help and listen.

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