Easter Dinner with Diabetes

Posted on: April 3rd, 2015 by JayHawkPharmacyBlogger
Make sure you don't have to worry about your diabetes being a problem during the Easter meal.

Make sure you don’t have to worry about your diabetes being a problem during the Easter meal.


Easter is a time when many of us choose to spend time with our families. We share meals, and on holidays many of us tend to eat maybe a little too much. But for the millions of people with diabetes, eating too much can be tricky. Jayhawk Pharmacy is here to help guide you through your Easter meal to make sure you can still enjoy it without having to worry about how it’ll affect your diabetes. See if these tips can help you out.

  • Don’t wait to eat: By the time you get to the Easter meal, it could already be the afternoon, and it may be later than you usually eat on any other given day. The Easter ham shouldn’t be your first meal of the day if you have diabetes. Be sure to eat in the morning so your blood sugar is at a more normal level before the big meal. Another benefit to eating throughout the day is you’re less likely to overindulge during the meal.
  • Take care with the side dishes: While there may not be as many side dishes at Easter as you might see during Christmas or Thanksgiving, you still need to take care if you have diabetes. Mashed potatoes and gravy are high in fat and carbs. Using low-fat milk and margarine for the mashed potatoes and the gravy is a healthier option for you than using a lot of butter.
  • Limit the Candy: Many of us don’t realize how much candy we actually consume on Easter. If there’s just one piece of candy inside one of those plastic eggs, that doesn’t seem so bad. That mentality, however, can get you in trouble if you keep eating the candy. If you can, try and limit the sweets. You can also try sugar-free candy or make an Easter dessert with artificial sweetener to keep your sugar levels from going through the roof.

Jayhawk Pharmacy is here to help you enjoy the Easter holiday with your family. We offer diabetic footwear, power mobility devices and wheelchairs to help you get around easier. Contact us to learn more.

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