Navigating Through Valentine Season

How to Stay in Control When Cupid Unleashes His Bow.

Remember a little chocolate is all you need. 

Remember a little chocolate is all you need. 

Valentine's Day can be tough for someone with diabetes. It seems like candy is everywhere this time of the year. Here are some simple tips to get through the season of love.

1. Remember the reason for the season.

Valentine's Day is about love. PERIOD. However, like most events in our society marketers are going to cash in. Remember when we were young and just a simple handmade card was enough. Now, as adults card companies, restaurants, flower businesses and hotels are in on the act. No need for us to be mad because their job is to sell and part of selling is to make us feel like we can't live without what they are offering.  Maybe we need to step and remind ourselves having someone who loves us is all we need.

2. Remember to count your carbohydrates.

I am not going to tell someone with diabetes to give up chocolate on Valentine's Day. First of all, for most people, especially women, this is not an option! On the other hand, watching your carbohydrate intake can prevent high blood sugar(glucose).  One chocolate dipped strawberry has between 18 to 22 grams of carbohydrates. This is barely over one carbohydrate exchange.  There are also sugar free chocolate options. However, remember, sugar free does not mean carbohydrate free. You need to find out how many carbohydrates are in a serving of candy you plan to eat and plan accordingly. 

3. Consider other options to celebrate the season.

If your love one needs advice on my what to give during the season flowers and cards are always an option. A romantic weekend is ideal and of course diamonds are always a girl's best friend! 

I hope this blog provided you some short and simple techniques to get through the season of Cupid. If you have any other ideas on how to manage your blood sugar during Valentine's Day please feel free to leave a comment below. If I don't hear from you in the next 48 hours, Happy Valentine's Day!