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    Spring Holiday Tips
    Louise_WebMD_Staff posted:
    Share your tips for managing blood sugar and a healthy lifestyle during a time of year when every meal seems to celebrate carbs from soup to soup nuts or from basket to peeps.
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    Louise_WebMD_Staff responded:
    I definitely didn't help matters yesterday by purchasing both Easter candy and some interesting Passover items from the supermarket last night.

    I need some healthy basket ideas for my mother. I have so restricted her "snacking" that I don't really want to give her candy at all since she has a lot of diabetes friendly candies left from Christmas and Valentine's day.
    rubystar2 replied to Louise_WebMD_Staff's response:
    Give your Mother some healthy nuts and maybe some fiber bars and different teas to have hot or iced.
    Louise_WebMD_Staff replied to rubystar2's response:
    LOL at the fiber bars. The entire family finds my insistence on fiber amusing.

    Teas are a good idea. She drinks a ton of Crystal Light Peach Tea...but maybe a variety would be fab.
    Louise_WebMD_Staff responded:
    Also any ideas for a nursing home basket?
    phototaker responded:
    I brought some nuts, sugarless candy, and sugarless gum to an older diabetic woman in our swim class that broke her hip. You could bring a magazine or book she might enjoy, a special movie, if they have something to show it on, a fun exercise tape(chair exercises...Kaiser has these for diabetics or people who are in wheelchairs). You could find a beautiful flower photo to hang up in her room. Does she like crafts or puzzles? Does she like Sudoko (or something like that). What about Scrabble or cards so she can play with other people?
    rubystar2 replied to Louise_WebMD_Staff's response:
    For a nursing home basket, how about fruits and nuts and.............fiber bars. ROFL
    Louise_WebMD_Staff replied to phototaker's response:
    A movie is a good idea. Unfortunately, my sister has significant brain damage as a result of an abusive spouse and a seizure disorder resulting from that she isn't so good with the puzzles/games.

    She does like crafts though. Maybe I will hit the craft store and find some easy crafts and a movie or two. (the cheaper the better since they get lost and broken) Thanks for the good ideas!
    Louise_WebMD_Staff responded:
    What about holiday meal tips? I can't decide if my strategy of just serving my mother one Eggs Benedict is good enough or if I should lighten the sauce and if so how much. Last time I tried that there was near rebellion.

    Then there is the dinner. What do you have for dinner for the holiday?
    rubystar2 replied to Louise_WebMD_Staff's response:
    Louise, I was very upset after reading your post about your sister. I am so sorry this happened to her and I certainly hope justice has been served.
    Louise_WebMD_Staff replied to rubystar2's response:
    Oh I am sorry. I forget that I have discussed it a lot on caregiving but not much here. It was a long time ago and I think in cases like this justice can never be served. Just forgiveness.
    DianeR01 replied to Louise_WebMD_Staff's response:
    Hi Louise!

    Give Mom one eggs benedict. Full fat, she will enjoy it. Then give her an appropriate snack a little later. Maybe dress up some fresh veggies on a pretty plate?

    We will have a ham and au gratin potatos along with a couple of veggies and some good rolls. I will probably make a small batch of lemon bars for desert. I will enjoy a little of everything including the lemon bars, but the key is a little! I will probably steam some green beans and the spinach in my garden is ready to be picked so we will probably have both. The salt in the ham and the fat in the potatoes will satisfy me so I won't feel the need for any creamed veggies or rich sauces. I will have a bite or two of the lemon bar and make sure I go for a walk both morning and in the afternoon. I may even put some time on the elliptical.

    You are welcome to join us, your mom too. I bet we would enjoy your company!

    For your sister in the nursing home, why not check out the 99 cent store. They have some toys, games and crafts which if lost would not be a loss and she may enjoy. We have magnetic letters on the fridge which we get a kick out of.....

    Have a wonderful weekend
    rebitzman responded:
    This is my first Passover as a diabetic, and as my earlier messages on the subject indicate, I was a bit apprehensive about how I was going to handle this carb happy holiday. Have to confess that I "tasted" everything at the first seder (resulting in a 60 spike in my numbers) but learned from that "unfortunate" experience and was much better second night.

    That said, I have noticed that in spite of my best efforts - limiting carbs - whole wheat matzah (which, for the record, is TRULY what I imagine eating hardened library paste to taste like).......... my numbers have been "odd". Higher (not high) than I'm used to in the morning (~100) - plummeting through the day (average pre-dinner reading has been in the high 60's) with a seriously wide swing that I don't experience during the rest of the year (or rather - months, since I've only been AWARE of my diabetes since mid-November).

    It will be interesting to see how quickly things return to "normal" after the holiday ends (Tuesday night - three stars here in Green Bay should be around 8:10 for anyone wishing to buy back their chometz quickly).

    Finally - our family tradition has been to go out for (and gourge on) pizza once Passover ends. Still formulating the "new" tradition, and am open to suggestions!
    Louise_WebMD_Staff replied to DianeR01's response:
    How did you know that lemon bars are my favorite? Thanks for the invite! Of course, I will not just have me and my mother-but half of the herd of children (three instead of the six) and my partner. Three teens might totally throw you off

    Your Easter dinner sounds fantastic. I think I will do something similar. Do you make your own rolls? I have had some massive bread failures since moving to Illinois. My southern recipes just don't work right in the climate and with the local flour.

    99 cent store sounds like a good plan. I hadn't thought about that. Thank you.
    Louise_WebMD_Staff replied to rebitzman's response:
    60 is not bad for a first seder spike. I am not diabetic and my blood sugar certainly goes up more than that during a seder. (Did you get a less sweet wine? I think that the blood sugar lowering properties of alcohol are completely overruled by the sugar level of classic Passover wine-though most families don't choose that anymore) Whole wheat matzah is indeed foul.

    Do you have a good middle eastern or Tapas place in your area? Somewhere you could have something that has a hint of Israel and feast but less carbs?

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