Happy Halloween! 3 Tricks for Grown-Ups with Diabetes

Halloween treats diabetesHalloween typically conjures up thoughts of costumes, trick-or-treating, scary ghosts and goblins, and fun and silliness—especially if you’ll be celebrating with your children or grandchildren. With a bit of creativity and planning, those with type 2 diabetes can worry less about the treat part.

Try these tricks to enjoy a spooktacular holiday that’s less of a fright for your blood sugar levels.

Embrace Moderation
Most people with diabetes can work a treat or two into their meal plan. But you should still ask your health care provider if sweets are OK for you.

If your doctor gives you the go-ahead, enjoy a small portion of your favorite candy—just make sure it fits into your carb count for the day. Check all nutrition labels for carbohydrate information (even sugar-free sweets may not be free of carbs or calories) and note the serving size.

Avoid Temptation
Buy candy the day you’ll be handing it out. To avoid overeating it, never purchase your favorite kind. Select flavors you don’t like and give them away to trick-or-treaters. Better yet, distribute small toys or trinkets instead.

Decide what you’ll do with leftover candy ahead of time. Donate it, give some to friends, toss it—whatever it takes for you to avoid overindulging.

Create New Traditions
Like other holidays, Halloween doesn’t have to be all about food. Consider the types of activities you, your family, and friends enjoy and create new customs that center around spending time together. Consider these ideas:
Carving pumpkins can be a fun family activity. Bonus: Roasted pumpkin seeds are a great, healthy snack.
Tell ghost stories with a flashlight or around a bonfire or fireplace.
Set up a haunted house and invite friends over to experience it.
Create a spooky scavenger hunt with trinkets and toys to find.
Throw a party so everyone can dress up and appreciate each other’s costumes, without going trick-or-treating.

Count Your Carbs

The amount of carbs you need depends on your weight, activity level, and diabetes medication. That’s why it’s important to work with a diabetes professional to set a carb goal that is right for you. Learn more about how Nuvance Health can help by visiting our Diabetes and Endocrinology Services at:

Norwalk Hospital  
Danbury Hospital