Having a chronic illness and managing symptoms during the holiday season can feel like an overwhelming task. Actively managing diabetes symptoms and maintaining a stable blood sugar level is no different. There are a variety of factors that can lead to issues with either high blood sugar or low blood sugar. The four most common factors are non-diabetic friendly foods, alcohol, holiday travel, and stress. Let’s talk about some practical habits that you can put in place to overcome these factors and survive the holiday season with diabetes.
Common Holiday Triggers
No doubt it can be a major struggle to manage high blood pressure. (1) There are significant changes that are made to nutrition and lifestyle habits. The holiday season brings it’s own unique issues when working to manage your high blood pressure. There are three common triggers that can cause blood pressure levels to rise and lead to issues. These three triggers are high sodium foods, excessive consumption of alcoholic beverages and increased stress. Combine these factors and you have a recipe for disaster. Today let’s talk about some habits you can focus on implementing this holiday season that will help you maintain your high blood pressure. Continue reading “How to Enjoy the Holidays and Manage High Blood Pressure”
Overconsumption and the Holidays.
The holiday season is literally weeks away. Time to welcome all that comes with this wonderful time of year. This includes spending quality time with loved ones. Taking the time to enjoy the Macy’s Thanksgiving parade in the company of family and friends. Another holiday favorite is participating in Black Friday which is the official kick-off of the holiday shopping season. But I’m forgetting one of the most important parts of the holiday season and that is the food! Something that can cause significant stress is the abundance of food at parties and gatherings. This leads to concerns regarding weight management and adhering to a healthy lifestyle. Continue reading “Intuitive Eating During the Holidays”
Weight training has gained popularity over the past few years. This is primarily due to an increased desire for many women to participate in figure competitions and strength-based sports such as weightlifting, powerlifting, and CrossFit. While many of these sports and activities represent an extreme and reflect a specific niche, there are a variety of benefits associated with regular weight training. Specifically, weight training is beneficial for those that are concerned with preventative health and fitness. A consistent weight training program can increase and improve bone density, prevent bone loss, and improve balance and coordination which aids in preventing falls and fractures. All of these benefits are important for those that are seeking to decrease the risk of developing osteoporosis.