TCOYD Presents Spotlight Series on Surviving the Holidays with Diabetes

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By : Suvarna Sheth

Taking Control of Your Diabetes (TCOYD), a San Diego, Calif. based non-profit organization with a mission to educate, inspire, and motivate people with diabetes will be hosting a special workshop, called “Surviving the Holidays with Diabetes.”

The workshop will cover important tips for travel with diabetes, holiday desserts that satisfy without the glucose spike, and much more.

“With all the travel, hectic schedules and the long list of indulgent foods, it’s hard to stay on top of what you’re eating and how your body feels amid all the stress and chaos,” Dr. Steven Edelman, professor of medicine at University of California San Diego, and founder of TCOYD tells dLife.

“When you throw managing diabetes into the mix, it takes extra effort on the individual’s part, to know what’s best for their body,” he adds.

As far as making wise food choices for the holidays, Edelman advises it’s okay to enjoy things that make the holidays special for you.

“Just remember to pay attention to portion size,” he advises. “Everything in moderation and learn how to dose your fast-acting insulin, if you are on it, and use exercise to help reduce your spikes as well.”

Another trick is to remember that if you choose to eat whatever everyone else is eating, try to find another area to balance it out.

It’s important for people to attend this series or others like it, because the holidays can be stressful as is, without having to worry about managing your diabetes and staying on top of your glucose levels.

“I’ve been there myself,” Edelman says, “So I want to share what I’ve learned and offered some helpful tips and tricks to help people enjoy the holidays in a healthy way.”

He says the key is enjoying the holidays as you would if you did not have diabetes, just learn how to handle specific issues that folks with diabetes have to deal with.

Edelman, a Type 1 himself, founded TCOYD in 1995 when he realized he wanted better care than what was currently offered to the diabetes community.

As an endocrinologist, he wanted to provide not only hope and motivation to the community he belonged to but also a new way of understanding what stood in front of those with diabetes.

Sarah Severance, wellness coach and manager of special projects for TCOYD will talk about holiday desserts that satisfy without the glucose spike.

Severance tells dLife she loves to experiment with new recipes. One of her creations is her famous cheesecake bites that are featured on the TCOYD website.

“Holidays are definitely a time for indulgence, but there are also ways to create satisfying treats without unnecessary amounts of added sugar,” Severance adds.

“We’ll show you how to enjoy the festive flavors you know and love without needing to rage bolus. Will our holiday treat feature pumpkin spice, cinnamon, apple, or cranberry? You’ll have to attend to find out!”

The series will take place on Wednesday, November 20, 2019, from 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm at the Schaetzel Center at Scripps La Jolla, Calif.

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