The need for Diabetes Care during festivals: Janmashtami 2022
Krishna Janmashtami 2022 will be celebrated on the 18th of August. Celebrations often take place at festivals in India. One of these festivals is Krishna Janmashtami 2022, which is also known as Krishna’s birthday. Festivals are fun and exciting events that bring people together. While it is great to have a good time at these events, they can sometimes cause some major problems for those suffering from diabetes.
Krishna Janmashtami is coming up soon. The question is, what can you do to keep yourself safe while you enjoy this wonderful time? If you ask us, one of the best ways to stay healthy at this time is to make sure your blood glucose levels are under control. To do that, it makes sense to eat foods that won’t impact your blood sugar too much.
Why should we take care of our health during festivals?
Blood sugar levels tend to rise dramatically during festivals, especially if they are high-intensity events. To prevent any serious complications, people with diabetes should follow their normal diet plan while attending festivals. People tend to eat unhealthy foods during the festival and neglect their diabetes. This can lead to serious complications for diabetics. It can be difficult for diabetics to control their blood sugar levels during Janmashtami 2022 celebrations since traditional dishes are cooked with sugar.
Many celebratory foods are also rich in carbohydrates, which quickly spike a person’s blood sugar levels. This leads to dangerous glycemic spikes that cause diabetic ketoacidosis and other complications. However, it’s important to note that not all festivals involve the same risks for diabetics.
While patients with diabetes should avoid celebrating during festivals, they need to do their best to follow through with their self-management plans for the festival themselves. This requires avoiding high-carbohydrate foods and limiting physical activity throughout the celebration period so that they don’t develop hypoglycemia or other complications associated with it.
How to take care of your diabetes this Janmashtami 2022?
A diabetic person cannot eat whatever he wants whenever he wants. He/she has to control his sugar levels. There may be some days when they have to take their insulin. But, at festival time, they get to indulge in loads of food and drink. So how does one manage diabetes during these times?
- Know what foods to eat
It’s never good to go out to a party without knowing what foods you should eat beforehand. There are many different types of food you should eat before heading out to a festival. Starchy items such as bread, pasta, rice, potatoes, and corn are probably safe options. However, there are others that aren’t quite as safe.
You should stay away from processed meats such as hot dogs, sausages, bacon, etc. These items contain preservatives that can spike your blood sugar level. Instead, opt for healthier choices like fruits, vegetables, whole grains, legumes, nuts, seeds, and dairy products. Don’t forget about healthy fats! Include foods rich in monounsaturated fat, omega-3 fatty acids, and vitamin E.
- Know how to deal with hypoglycemia (low blood sugar)
Hypoglycemia occurs when your body does not produce enough insulin or your body cannot use the insulin that is present. Symptoms include mental confusion and weakness, fatigue, headache, dizziness, palpitations, sweating, hunger, blurred vision, and cold hands and feet. People with type 1 diabetes need to pay extra attention to their blood sugar levels since they often experience hypoglycemic symptoms even when their blood glucose levels are within range.
Hypoglycemia can lead to seizures or coma. People with type 2 diabetes usually do not experience hypoglycemia because their bodies already make enough insulin, but it is still important to know how to treat it.
- Know how to inject insulin
Injecting insulin is a big part of managing diabetes and keeping your blood sugar levels down. Before injecting, always test your blood sugar level first. Make sure your blood sugar level is above 100 mg/dL. Then take a syringe and slowly inject the insulin into your lower abdomen. Leave the needle in place for two minutes after injection. Do not jab yourself in the stomach or thigh area. Insulin shots may sting a bit, but you won’t notice anything else.
Take note of the time you injected the insulin, because it’s imperative to know when the next dose is due.
- Keep track of insulin consumption
Keeping track of how much insulin you consume throughout the day is important. This way, you will be able to give yourself a sufficient amount of insulin to handle any changes in your blood sugar levels throughout the day. Your doctor will likely recommend a particular schedule for you. That might mean taking insulin at certain times throughout the day based on your level of activity, meals, and the weather.
- Carry snacks
You should carry snacks along with you whenever you attend a festival. This will ensure that you don’t run out of energy and end up feeling weak and tired. Carrying a few pieces of fruit and protein bars will help sustain you throughout the festival. In addition to carrying snacks, you should also have something to quench any thirst you may encounter. Watermelon slices and lemon wedges are both delicious and refreshing.
- Stay hydrated
You should stay hydrated during the festival. Drink plenty of water throughout the day to balance your blood sugar and maintain a stable heart rate and blood pressure. Avoid drinking alcoholic beverages, soda drinks, and caffeine-containing drinks. These can increase your risk of low blood sugar.
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Consume fresh and dried fruits: To keep the body energized, it is recommended to eat fresh fruits or even dry fruits. They boost energy levels and also protect the immune system. You may eat apples, blackberries, bananas, grapes, walnut, almonds, and dates.
Using milk and curd: Janmashtami is a special festival where Hindus celebrate the birth of Lord Krishna. Part of the celebration includes fasting, or not eating, for part of the day. To break the fast, people usually drink milk or curd (a type of yogurt). Sometimes people also drink shakes made with fresh fruits or sweet lassi (a type of yogurt drink).
If feel hungry go for some snacks: People observe Janmashtami in two ways: by fasting (by abstaining from both food and water) and by eating vrat ka khana. You can indulge in sabudana papad, sabudana khichdi, kuttu paratha, or Samak rice cooked in desi ghee and sendha namak if you are the latter.
Try on Snacking this Janmashtami 2022
- Eat Makhana
The most important thing to know is what foods to eat. The advice is pretty simple: don’t take up new diets during festivals specially Janmashtami 2022. Plan ahead, and do your research in the weeks leading into the festival so that you can stick to it once the day arrives.
But even so, it’s important to know what types of foods you can have and which ones you should avoid. Since these celebrations tend to last for several days, you may need to modify your diet prior to the event as well. If your doctor has given you strict instructions about which foods to steer clear of, this is a good time to follow those orders. Under normal circumstances, however, following these simple tips should allow you to enjoy yourself without having to worry about any major spikes in blood sugar levels.