First, think beyond sweet treats! Every year when the bags of Halloween candy start appearing on grocery store shelves, I think to myself: how else might we celebrate? There are SO many fun ways to celebrate Halloween that don’t involve eating gobs of candy! Consider instead:
Also, please educate yourself. No matter how “easy” some people make it look, diabetes is 24/7 work, with no vacations or mental health breaks. Your small, thoughtful gestures make it HEAPS easier. Here are three things I wish people knew about diabetes, in particular Type 1 Diabetes, that would lighten our load on Halloween:
#1. We can eat sweets, but we need to plan for it. And not all candy is the same. Cheat sheets like this are handy!
#2. Certain candies are particularly useful for treating low blood sugar. (Tip: they store well in the freezer for up to six months!)
3. Sugar-free candy. Nope! Thank you, but no thank you. Sugar-free candy is not the magic bullet that people imagine it is. In fact, because it contains sugar alcohols (e.g., sorbitol, mannitol, xylitol) it can cause tummy woes when ingested in large quantities. Boo!
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