Has a family member or friend scolded you for your choice of dessert? Have you ever attended a family holiday party where Aunt Matilda or Uncle Henry loudly announced “your diabetic, you can’t eat that piece of cheesecake”?
March’s Diabetes Roundtable guest educator, Susan Weiner RD, MS, CDE, CDN offers this ‘diva’ advice:
The truth is: YOU can have some dessert if you have diabetes. You are in control of your food choices and your diabetes management. So, while relatives and friends might be well meaning with their advice, they might be way off-target, especially when you didn’t ask for it!
Your blood sugar level may be affected by the food you eat and by the total amount of carbohydrate that you eat. So, if you eat a meal or dessert that contains a large amount of carbohydrate, your blood sugar will most probably go up. If you eat more fiber with your meal, snack or dessert, your blood sugar might rise at a slower rate or might not become as elevated. Exercise and stress also can affect your blood sugar!
If you are in the mood for a dessert, Susan’s advice is to have it and enjoy it. Just remember to always test your blood sugar. Test as often as necessary! If your blood sugar is high, you might decide to hold off on that piece of cake until you’re back into target range. If you are with a friend, consider splitting a high-carb dessert. Or, if you just want a taste, take a spoon off your friends’ plate. Sometimes just a fork-fill can satisfy your craving. Whatever you decide to do, it’s TOTALLY your choice.
Contact Susan Weiner: www.susanweinernutrition.com
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