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Easter is a tricky time for people with diabetes. Like Christmas, it’s full of temptation. All the chocolate and treats can make it difficult to manage blood glucose levels.
That said, with the right approach it’s possible to manage your diabetes well and enjoy yourself.
However you choose to navigate Easter and diabetes, have a plan. Keep an eye on the calories you consume.
Chocolate and blood glucose
A bit of chocolate is fine for most people with diabetes. It depends on your diabetes. Everyone with diabetes reacts to different foods in different ways.
Easter eggs are a big temptation over the Easter period. There’s no need to avoid them altogether, but keeping portions small is smart.
When it comes to chocolate, you need to know what works for you.
This kind of knowledge can take time. If you’re unsure, carry out blood tests. First, test your blood sugar. Then eat some chocolate. Then test your blood sugar again. Soon you’ll realise what works for you.
Also, try spacing chocolate eating over the Easter period. This is easier to manage than eating it all at once.
Sugar-free Easter eggs
There are sugar-free Easter eggs. They are both good and bad.
The good thing is they have less of an impact on blood glucose levels. This is because they use alcohols instead of sugar.
But these alcohols can have a laxative effect. Especially if you eat a lot of it.
Dark chocolate Easter eggs
Dark chocolate is better for people with diabetes than milk chocolate. Dark chocolate contains a lot of natural cocoa. Milk chocolate contains more added sugar.
At Easter, having dark chocolate Easter eggs rather than milk chocolate is a good idea. Especially if you have diabetes.
Diabetic Easter eggs
Diabetic Easter eggs are another option. But they are not much better for blood glucose. They are also more expensive.
This advice applies to all diabetic chocolate.
Easter alternatives for people with diabetes
You might not want chocolate at all. That’s understandable. There are plenty of alternative treats.
A card with a voucher might be a better gift. Or a bunch of flowers.
There are also food alternatives. Hot cross buns, for example.
Children, diabetes, and Easter
Easter is a difficult time for children with diabetes. Most children enjoy the fun of Easter. But Easter tends not to be very healthy. Not being able to join in can make children with diabetes feel left out.
A good solution to this problem is to replace chocolate treats with treats that aren’t food. Toys or books, for example.
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Last reviewed: August 26, 2015 at 9:44
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