The holidays are a time of celebrating with friends and family and that means feasting. Turkey, ham, roasts, potatoes, cookies, pie… the traditional holiday dinner is a huge part of what brings people together and raises spirits all around. But it’s also raising something else: your body’s blood sugar levels. Even if you consider yourself perfectly healthy, we all need to make sure we are doing all we can to support normal blood sugar. This is especially true during the holidays, when the foods are richer.
How Does Sugar Effect My Body?
You might think it's just another piece of pumpkin pie, but did you know that sugar metabolism relates to:
- Normal pancreatic function
- Normal cardiovascular function
- Keeping stable energy levels
- Proper weight management
- Keeping a healthy, normal appetite
What are the Holiday Danger Foods?
Foods high in sugars and starches are the ones that lead directly to spikes in blood sugar levels. The next time you sit at the dinner table you may want to limit how many servings you have of the following holiday “danger” foods:
- Potato dishes
- Deep fried foods
- Cakes, cookies, and pies
What Else Should I Do to Maintain Normal Blood Sugar Levels?
Outside the obvious step of limiting your intake of starchy and sugary foods, there are a few different ways to combat the holidays’ effect on your body:
Keep up your exercise regimen
Don’t let the holidays take you off track with your normal workout routine. If you’re not able to get your normal exercise in, keep as active as possible and try to work in some kind of physical activity into your holiday celebration.
Don’t stress out
Stress has many effects on the human body and one of them is altering blood sugar levels. Try to keep your stress levels low and give your body a break this holiday season.
Try some bitter melon
Bitter melon is a gourd-like vegetable that grows in tropical climates like Asia, Africa, and South America. It supports the pancreas, which helps maintain already normal blood sugar levels. Along with a healthy diet and exercise, it also supports how sugar is stored in the body and has been linked to cardiovascular wellness, healthy energy levels, and weight management. Bitter melon has been used for years around the world and has been shown to be safe for long-term use.