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Go sugar-smart this Diwali

Dr Sanjiv Agarwal, Oct 13 2017, 21:15 IST

Festivals are synonymous with delectable desserts and it is hard not to savour these sweet treats when the celebrations are in full swing. This Diwali, don’t let diabetes dampen your festive spirit.

To ensure that you enjoy Diwali without putting yourself at risk of hypoglycemia or hyperglycemia, here are a few tips to manage your sugar levels:

Natural sweeteners: While buying sweets choose delicacies that are made with natural sweeteners like dates or figs (anjeer), instead of buying traditional sweets like kaju katli or laddoos that are loaded with sugar.

Cook healthy: You can enjoy the traditional delicacies by tweaking the recipes. Use healthier ingredients like millets and quinoa to prepare snacks. You can even go for baked or air-fried alternatives.

Plan your meals: If you are heading out for dinner, eat smaller portions during the day. Eating a small meal that consists of fruits, rice or wheat puffs etc. at regular intervals can help maintain blood sugar level. Eat a light snack of soup or salad before going out for dinner to avoid bingeing.

Attitude of gratitude: Do not stock boxes of sweets or chocolates in your fridge, as you may be tempted to gorge on these. Share these with your friends or the needy.

Avoid alcohol: For many, alcohol intake increases due to several social events at this time. Drinking alcohol will increase your calorie intake and may also spike the blood sugar level.

Exercise: Don’t miss out on your regular workout. Look for ways to keep yourself active through the day even during holidays.

Eat healthy, drink sensibly and enjoy the festivities!

(The author is managing and medical director, Diabetacare)

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