Do you have a favorite Easter candy? What is it? Jelly beans – what color? Like Peeps? Chocolate Bunnies? What about those Cadbury creme eggs? If you grew up with these traditional candies presented to you in a basket on Easter morning, whether you have diabetes or not, it is natural to have nostalgic craving for it. Happy memories are associated with it. I have a knee jerk desire for it when I see it. It is the only time of year when this stuff is available, so there that added sense of urgency. Holidays trigger emotional eating. We are faced with well-meaning hosts and “Food Pushers” you can successfully avoid the rest of the year. If your own internal challenges with eating aren’t enough, you bear the scrutiny of others and find yourself at events where you are stuck with no healthy options. Make your own rules about how you want to manage holiday eating. Don’t blindly follow Grandma’s rules because it is her house, and you don’t want to hurt her feelings at your own expense. You know yourself well enough to plan an ideal celebratory meal with the people who make you feel comfortable. If you chose to eat nothing but candy and hard boiled eggs for Easter breakfast, that’s cool. It was your choice and your plan. If you chose not to eat Grandma’s desserts because they weren’t worth the calories or the insulin to you, then Good For You! The goal is to feel happy about how you ate the day after Easter.
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