Halloween 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.
Most people with diabetes can work a sweet treat or two into their meal plan. So go ahead and enjoy a small portion of your favorite candy or sweet food—just make sure it fits into your carb count for the day.
Check nutrition labels for carbohydrate information and be sure to note the serving size.
Choose Sweets Carefully
Fiber helps stabilize your blood sugar. Choosing fiber-rich foods like citrus fruits and berries can help you maintain glucose control. And if you’re looking to satisfy your sweet tooth, try a sweet potato with some cinnamon sprinkled on top.
Lower-carb options, like dark chocolate, will give you more bang for your carbohydrate buck, too. Plus, there’s some evidence that the flavanols in cocoa help improve your insulin sensitivity. Dark chocolate has more flavanols than milk or white chocolate.
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 great 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.