Friends and family questioning your diet — from “Why won’t you try what I made?” to “Should you be eating that?” — can make holiday meals more stressful than they need to be. These suggestions can help.
● Prepare for comments ahead of time. Let people know you’re making choices that fit into your diabetes management plan and work for you.
● Educate. Calmly explain why you’re making the choices you are and why they matter. This can be a good time to dispel common diabetes myths.
● Know how you want to respond to common questions, such as:
● “I’m working to see how eating fewer carbs will impact my blood sugar. This is important because high blood sugar negatively impacts my energy, sleep and mood.”
● “I appreciate the offer, this dish looks wonderful! But eating it might raise my blood sugar too high, and I’m working to carefully manage it this year.”