This weekend it’s again time to dress up, preferably scary, and walk around the neighborhood asking for candy. Her we give you the best tricks on how to avoid the worst halloween sugar bombs, and enjoying your weekend.
By Hildegunn Fossheim
Trick or treat?
Maybe you have plans to transform yourself into a creature of the night and scare all your poor neighbors into giving you candy? Or maybe you’re the scared neighbor that has filled the house with sweets in fear of getting your house egged.
One thing is for sure: a Halloween weekend equals lots and lots of sweets, and they aren’t exactly a blood sugars best friend. But don’t despair; there are some simple tricks you can use to enjoy yourself while at the same time avoiding the worst sugar bombs.
Carbohydrate and fat = bad combination
Most people with diabetes know that it pays to count the amount of carbohydrate in the food one eats, but did you know that it is equally important to pay attention to the combination of carbohydrate and fat?
If you eat a food with plenty of both fat and carbohydrates your blood sugar will naturally be high for a long time. However, if you choose a product with high amount of carbohydrate but no fat it will have a more positive impact on your blood sugar. The same applies for a product high on fat but with low content of carbohydrates – glucose levels won’t be as high.
Tips for insulin dosage when you eat sweets throughout an entire evening:
Insulin Pump: extended the bolus
Penn: divide the insulin dose into two. Inject the first half dose immediately and the rest one hour later. This way you will even out the blood sugar rise that is expected to last over several hours.
PS: But people are different, so check your blood sugar regularly throughout the evening. Measure a couple of times extra since a prolonged high intake of sweets is considered an extreme situation for many.
Read more about insulin calculation here.
Nuts coated with chocolate vs. pure chocolate.
By choosing nuts coated with chocolate you’ll get less amount of carbs overall than if you eat the same weight in pure chocolate. In addition, most nuts have a healthy type of fat compared to pure milk chocolate. Now, I’m not saying that chocolate-coated nuts should be a part of your everyday diet, but that it is a healthier option than plain chocolate.
Check the table of contents
To avoid the worst sugar / insulin-bang it pays off with a quick calculation before consumption. There are large differences in wine gums, liquorice and other sweets compared in the amount of carbohydrates and fats. By quickly checking the contents you can avoid the very worst sugar bombs, and enjoy the rest of the weekend.
What is your best blood sugar tricks for halloween?
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