Tips for Surviving Sugar Loaded Holidays

Do you celebrate Valentine’s Day or Easter?

Talking about these two holidays in the same article may seem odd, as they are both celebrated for different reasons and are usually in two different seasons. However, Valentine’s Day and Easter have one big thing in common: CANDY!

According to the National Confectioners Association, “Seasonal candy sales account for more than 7.2 billion dollars each year (that makes up about 21 percent of annual candy sales).” What is even more surprising: Easter makes up the largest percentage of seasonal candy sales.

You might be wondering why I am writing about candy, especially when many of you probably do your best to avoid it. The fact is, candy is practically everywhere we go, so my goal is to provide some practical tips to help avoid those tempting chocolate kisses and chocolate bunnies!

Each holiday is filled with traditional food. In my opinion, what should matter (more than food traditions) is the time spent reconnecting with family and friends. There are plenty of ways to keep the festive spirit of both holidays without sabotaging your efforts to avoid candy.

Tips for Surviving Valentine’s Day

Instead of giving your valentine a box of chocolates or candy hearts, how about trying one of the following ideas:

  • Flowers – Instead of roses, which can be pricey, get a bouquet of hydrangeas, carnations, or alstroemerias
  • Hand written love letter – Forget the traditional greeting card and hand write a letter to your significant other
  • Handmade coupon book – Be creative! Coupons can be for intimacy, back rubs, chores, etc.
  • Set up a picnic at home – This works great if you have a fireplace. Light a fire and set up a blanket in front of the fireplace. Serve red wine* and cheese on paper plates. Play some jazz music in the background. (Don’t forget to dim the lights!)
    • *Red wine has approximately 4 grams of carbohydrate in one 5 ounce serving.
    • *Make sure to discuss consuming alcohol with your primary care physician first.
  • Make a special treat for your valentine. Make strawberry or raspberry flavored sugar-free Jell-O. Prepare in heart shaped mold. Top with whip cream.
    • ½ cup of sugar free Jell-O with 2 tablespoons whip cream has just 1 gram of carbohydrate

Tips for Surviving Easter

Instead of giving Easter baskets filled with candy, how about creating a themed Easter basket instead of candy?  Here are a few ideas:

  • Just paper goods: Stationary, adult coloring books, journal, and magazines
  • Hand care: nail polish, nail file, sugar scrub, and hand cream
  • Home spa: bath gel, bubble bath, bath salts, loofah, hot oil, body lotion, face mask, and candle
  • Fitness: exercise bands, small hand weights, water bottle, pedometer, and towel.
  • Low carb/carb free snack basket: party nut mix, sunflower seeds, turkey jerky, and cheese
  • Hot beverage lover: Tea, coffee, light hot cocoa mix (Tip: Swiss Miss Light has just 4 grams of carbohydrate per serving), coffee cup, and travel mug

Do you have a favorite way to celebrate Valentine’s Day or Easter that does not include candy?

Please share your ideas and creations with the type2diabetes.com community.

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