** This post originally appeared on Ninjabetic’s blog as a guest post on November 22, 2010. Posted here simply for archival purposes
When George, aka Ninjabetic, asked if I’d be interested in doing a guest post, I was more than happy to oblige. George is one of those guys you can form an instant bond with and I consider him to be a close friend. His ability to find enjoyment in something at any given moment is amazing. As is his love of bacon, but I digress…
As the holiday season closes in upon us, we are once again thrust into 5 or 6 weeks of insanity. I try to not even leave the house on Black Friday, do 90% of my shopping online and will seriously consider severing my own foot to avoid having to set it inside a shopping mall.
Lots of foods and goodies around and stress of wanting everything to go right during the holidays can make for a few weeks of being constantly on the ol’ glucocoaster. And that’s ok. We’re not perfect and shouldn’t expect ourselves to be.
And the D-police we’re bound to run into? Most of them just want to help so, after you get them to pass the yams, try to have a brief, but insightful, conversation about why you CAN eat that. And if that doesn’t work, feel free ask them “Why are you still talking?”. Maybe take a stack of the Diabetes Etiquette Cards from the Behavioral Diabetes Institute along with you to hand out at the door? Tell folks there WILL be a test at about the time the turkey overdose starts to kick in.
Other folks get stressed this time of year too. Try and remember that a simple “please”, “thank you”, “can I help?”, holding a door open for someone, or just a “Merry Christmas” can go a long way. It really can be just the littlest thing this time of year that can at least give a brief respite to the constant turmoil the holidays can bring.
Well with all that being said I wish you all a correction-bolus free holiday season with much warmth and joy for you, your loved ones and friends.