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4 tricks to ensure the diabetic in your house enjoys the festive season

Festivals are perfect occasions for families to get together. Often, these gatherings are characterised by a variety of food in a typical Indian household.

My parents are both diabetics. They are quite strict about what they eat. But my heart goes out as I see them resisting the temptation during these festive times as the atmosphere is steeped in celebration and merriment.

To make this time easier for them we chalked out a schedule to enjoy the festive season while ensuring their blood sugar levels remain under check. The idea was to take control naturally through these simple yet effective tips.

 

Staying hydrated

The absence of an adequate amount of fluid in our body can lead to severe dehydration. For diabetics, it can worsen as water helps control blood sugar levels by flushing out the excess glucose from the body. Setting a target of finishing a bottle of water every 2 hours during the day ensures adequate water intake and good glucose regulation.[1]

 

Opting for options low in Glycemic Index (GI)

We explored ways to make the daily diet healthier. We discovered Aashirvaad sugar release control atta and started using it for all home-cooked meals.

Aashirvaad sugar release control atta is a blend of whole wheat flour and pulse and legume flours forming a unique “Special Grain Mix”. Ingredients like oats and methi ensure that this atta is high in protein and fibre with a low glycemic index. It releases sugar slowly in the body and thus helps in preventing sugar level spikes.

Aashirvaad sugar release control atta is clinically tested to have GI values lesser than 55. This formulation is carefully curated, and all its ingredients are chosen and used in optimal proportions. It has similar taste and sensory profile as any other atta. We switched to this variant for the whole family as it is a healthier alternative.

It’s important for diabetics to #KnowGITakeControl as low GI foods release sugar slowly in the body thus preventing a spike in sugar levels. It also gives a feeling of fullness after a meal for a longer time. They not only improve blood glucose control but also facilitate weight management.

Monitor blood sugar regularly and ensure daily medication

When you’re out, staying up late and trying different foods, your blood sugar levels are going to be affected. Hence, it’s important to monitor the numbers more frequently during this period to get an accurate idea of blood glucose levels. Whether feasting at home or outside, we ensured daily medication was not skipped.

 

Maintain a routine of physical activity

To fight diabetes, diet control must be supplemented with appropriate physical activity. We ensure that my parents continue to find time for activities like walking, whether after meals or in the morning. This helped keep sugar levels in check even on days of slight indulgence.

Festivals can be a tricky time especially for those with diabetes given all the sweet and savoury food around. However, following these simple practical tips can help in keeping blood glucose levels under control while enjoying the festive season to the fullest.

 

Reference:

[1] https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/nutrition-and-healthy-eating/in-depth/water/art-20044256

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