Eid al-Fitr is the time to eat well. After a whole month of hungry fasting, now everyone is free to eat as much. But for you with diabetes, certainly you can't eat as much as people without diabetes.
You have an unwritten obligation to always keep your blood sugar levels within normal range. All food on the Eid al-Fitr is an enemy for you because almost everything contains carbohydrates, sugars and cholesterol. These're the three types of foods you should limit.
So should you avoid all the pleasures at the table before? But be calm, yes? You can still enjoy Eid al-Fitr dish as long as you stick to the rules. Check out!
1. One dish is enough
Rendang contains 195 calories for every 100 grams. Super delicious kheer also has 249 calories. Ketupat has a higher calorie than rice, which is 176 calories. One serving of rice is only 135 calories.
Well, now count if you eat them all plus chicken biryani whose calorie is above 300 per one cup. In one meal you can include an average of 800 to 1,000 calories. For people without diabetes, eating all at once won't cause problems because their bodies will respond by secreting insulin as needed.
However, the opposite occurs for you. Insulin resistance makes glucose unabsorbed and accumulate in the blood. Eid al-Fitr menus in one meal alone have spent a daily allowance of calories. Suggestion for you is that you're allowed to eat Eid al-Fitr dishes but don't be crazy!
Take small portions with just one type of dish. You can choose rendang, chicken biryani or kheer. All is in order to avoid your blood sugar levels soaring. A healthier alternative is to take one type of dish and add vegetables.
2. Be careful of pastries
Similar to main course, cheese straw, pineapple tart and wafer contain a lot of calories. You wanna snack on cheese straw? One cheese straw has 54 calories. And one pineapple tart contains 74 calories. Can you eat only one?
Instead of overflowing, it's better for you to choose a healthier snack, like boiled peanuts or fruit that don't contain much sugar.
3. Don't be tempted by syrup
Every visit, surely you'll be treated with syrup of different colors. Everything is sweet. You may be able to avoid this drink at home. Keep this habit by subtly refusing these sweet drinks and asking for water only.
Water is also effective because it can make you feel full longer and help the body remove toxins through sweat and urine.
4. Keep track of blood sugar
Finally, always monitor your blood sugar levels regularly as usual. You're advised to measure the value of blood sugar several times a day, for example, in the morning and evening, especially for you who use insulin.
The figures obtained can be a reminder that you don't become crazy with hunting dishes and keep maintaining your health during Eid al-Fitr.
One more, don't forget to exercise. Keep doing physical activity even though it's only running in the morning around the park, biking or swimming. Exercise helps lower your sugar levels so that your efforts to stabilize it during Eid al-Fitr ain't too hard.