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Holiday Cheer and Health; You Can Have Both! Surviving the Holidays With Prediabetes, Insulin Resistance or Type 2 Diabetes

I know it's crazy to think about it but...the holidays will soon be upon us! AND the holiday season is the hardest time for Diabetics or those trying really hard to prevent Diabetes

What's a Diabetic woman to do???? Learn the best ways for Surviving the Holidays with Diabetes (or Prediabetes) AND find out how you can join other ladies who want to survive the holiday season too! 

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The holiday season is a minefield of blood sugar control chaosWhy?  

  • All the Food!  
  • All the Stress! 
  • All the Disruption of your normal schedule! 

Holiday Season Risks

While it's great to hang out with family and friends over the holidays, you need to be aware that it comes with some risks to your health!

All that food, stress and schedule disruption can set you back...a lot!

How real are the health risks of the holiday season?  

Well, doctors know that come January most patients will have:

  • Higher A1c
  • Higher blood glucose levels 
  • Higher blood triglycerides 
  • Higher cholesterol 
  • Significant weight gain (over 3 lbs)  

And most Prediabetics or Diabetics will feel totally lousy after the Holiday Season 

(FYI! None of these terrible things have to happen!... more on that below) 

There Are Two Choices for Your Holiday Season

Here's what we know: the holiday season brings lots and lots of food, lots and lots of stress, and lots and lots of schedule disruption.

But what can we do about it as smart ladies who are determined to keep the progress we've made toward being healthy?

It really comes down to one of two very different choices you need to make: 

Choice #1: Wing it.

Or Choice #2: Get prepared.

Surviving the Holidays With Diabetes

Which choice sounds better to you? 

As smart ladies, we're picking Choice #2: Get prepared! 


And by getting prepared, we mean a REALISTIC and ENJOYABLE plan, not like one of the two unrealistic plans below

Two Unrealistic Holiday Plans

So...it definitely sounds like you need to get a Holiday Plan in place so you don’t take 10 steps backward and lose all the hard-earned progress you've made on your health.

But you definitely don't want to go with an unrealistic holiday plan like these two...(they're both totally crazy!)

The first unrealistic plan is to become a hermit and deny yourself any holiday cheer and hide until January. We know many ladies who choose this option – but this option sucks big time and is unrealistic.

The second unrealistic plan is to grind your teeth and tell yourself how much you hate the holiday season and just plow through it. Again, not very enjoyable or realistic.

A Much Better Option: Your Realistic and Enjoyable Holiday Plan

Here's what you can do instead: face the impending food fest, stress and schedule disruption head on... AND decide how to work with it and around it instead of running away.

Here's the easy way to do this:

  1. Admit the holidays are coming (which they are).
  2. Think about the BIG issues that you'll be facing.
  3. Breakdown those BIG issues into SMALL things you can do so you don't get overwhelmed.
  4. Get yourself organized now and have a workable plan so you won't be caught off guard.

One of The Things You'll Need to Add to Your Holiday Plan

When I help women come up with their Holiday Plans, there are many things we talk about.

But for now, let's just look at one of the big ones that I know will really help you: avoiding weight gain.

Surviving the Holidays With Prediabetes, Insulin Resistance or Type 2 Diabetes

The women I help don't want a terrible surprise when they step on the scale come January so we make sure they're prepared with realistic strategies.

Here are some of the strategies that the women I work with use to help keep their weight stable over the holidays. You can use these strategies too!

  1. Eat 3 regular healthy whole food meals a day.
  2. Eat 3 healthy whole food snacks a day.
  3. Limit your unhealthy stuff to a few bites at a meal (and no more).
  4. Don't eat large meals late at night.
  5. Avoid drinking coffee-shop holiday drinks (too many calories!)
  6. Limit the sweet desserts to your Thanksgiving and Christmas Meal and keep your portions small.
  7. Limit your alcohol to 1 serving per party/fancy meal or have none at all.

Can you see how helpful it will be to have decided to use those strategies in advance?

Now, I realize that avoiding weight gain is just one of the things you need to think about as you head into the holidays...but this will get you started when you think about coming up with your Holiday Plan.

This Doesn't Have to Be Complicated and Overwhelming

I truly hope you're going to come up with a realistic plan instead of throwing your hands up in the air and winging it this holiday season (and then gaining weight)...

But don’t think you have to get prepared for the holiday season alone.

We’ve got the perfect solution!

The ladies in our Healthy U Group (or The HUG) are already getting their plans ready for the holiday season...and you can join them today!

Better yet, if you join the Healthy U Group over the next few days, you can join our HUG Sisters on our "Live with Joan" Holiday Cheer and Health sessions!

These "Live with Joan" sessions are only for women in the Healthy U Group...and they are happening over the next 3 months...so you'll have to be quick and join the HUG in the next few days if you don't want to miss anything!

Once you're part of the Healthy U Group, you'll also see the HUG Sisters are getting ready for the Holiday Season with our very-easy weekly mini-assignments!

We're also cooking holiday food too!!! We've already been trying new recipes, like no-sugar crustless pumpkin pie!!! (so yummy!)

In the Healthy U Group, the holiday fun is already here...

  • In our "Live with Joan" sessions
  • In our weekly mini-assignments
  • In our Private Facebook Group

What Will Be Covered in The "Live with Joan" Sessions?

Each "Live with Joan" session is dedicated to a holiday season challenge every woman needs to be prepared for:

  • December 2019: "Live with Joan" Session We'll talk about How Your Regular Schedule Gets Disrupted and doable holiday solutions to keep your diabetes-prevention efforts on track. (we'll talk about food, exercise, stress and more!)
  • January 2019: "Live with Joan" Session– Even though the holidays will be over for this session, that doesn't mean we just forget about! Instead we'll talk about What Went Well and What Didn’t and How to Get Back on Track Quickly.


We're having our next "Live with Joan" session on December 5, 2019, so if you don't want to miss out, 
you'll have to join the Healthy U Group before then!

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How Is the Healthy U Group Able To Help You?

Our Healthy U Group is a ladies-only support and accountability group that helps women stay on track so they actually reach their health goals.

The reason it works is because the Healthy U Group overcomes the 4 common roadblocks that hold women back from reversing their Prediabetes, Insulin Resistance or even Type 2 Diabetes.

Want to know what those 4 common roadblocks are? And more about how the Healthy U Group will help you?

Then CLICK HERE...and we hope to have you join us for the "Live with Joan" Holiday Cheer and Health sessions as our latest HUG Sister.

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About the Author Joan Pasay

As a Nutrition & Lifestyle Therapist I felt compelled to start Power In The Group. Why? To guide and support women like you with Prediabetes or Insulin Resistance so you can regain and nourish your health...without all the confusion. Together we can enjoy the richest quality of life for ourselves, with our families, and within our society...wanna come along?

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