What to Eat Wednesday: Dealing with Halloween

Don't let Halloween candy throw your diabetic health off trackJust the word Halloween can be enough to send you into a sugar-shock…but if you or your child is living with diabetes, it can be a dangerous time of year.

As you know, diabetics are at greater risk of foot health problems—and throwing your blood sugar out of whack with a huge candy infusion isn’t a great idea. That’s why I love this list of tips from Mott Children’s Hospital for helping diabetic kids have a fun and safe Halloween. Feel free to share any tips you might have in the comments!

 

Tips for having a happy, diabetic-friendly Halloween:

  • Treats don’t have to be sweets: encourage neighbors to pass out other goodies like stickers, small toys, books, etc.
     
  • Buy it back: offer to “buy” your child’s candy back, letting them use the money for a small toy or a book. That way they still feel like they’re getting a treat.
     
  • Modify your idea of Halloween: Halloween doesn’t have to be all about the candy. Focus on creatively decorating your house, your yard, your pumpkin. Look for local activities, such as haunted hayrides. Host a Halloween party for your child and their friends where you can supply healthy food choices.
     
  • Fun size it: Sugar is not completely off limits for children and adults with diabetes. Make sure the carbohydrate counts are factored into your or your child’s meal plan. A fun-size candy bar often runs around 10 -15g of carbohydrate. Be sure to check the nutrition label as some candy bars have more carbohydrates.

Remember: It is best to eat foods high in sugar with a meal rather than having them alone as a snack. By doing this it will have less impact on blood sugar because the body will be digesting protein and fat in addition to sugar.

Dr. Andrew Schneider
Dr. Andrew Schneider is a podiatrist and foot surgeon at Tanglewood Foot Specialists in Houston, TX.