Halloween is still a few weeks away, but most stores are ready for it. October is the season for spooky decorations, wild costumes, and overflowing candy. You may not think of mountains of candy as frightening, but if you have diabetes, that much sugar can certainly be spooky. You need healthy candy alternatives to enjoy Halloween.
Anyone can develop diabetes—children or adults. The condition can wreak havoc on the body, including the feet. Controlling the disease is crucial to your health. Unfortunately, most Halloween candy is overloaded with sugars that could negatively impact blood glucose levels. However, you don’t have to give up candy altogether. Paying close attention to and limiting what you or your child with diabetes eats can allow you to enjoy some treats.
Some candy is worse for your blood sugar levels than others. If you control the type and the quantity, you may be able to enjoy some sweets this year. Here are a few tips and healthy candy alternatives to help you enjoy Halloween, even with diabetes:
· Don’t snack on the road – Save your candy choices for when you get home instead of dipping into your “haul” for an early snack. That will help avoid accidentally eating bad candies.
· Choose safe candy to pass out – Hand out sweets that you know are safe for you or your child to eat—in case you have leftovers. Avoid chocolate and high-fat treats. Instead, try hard candies, lollipops, wafer-based candy bars, sugar-free alternatives, or apples.
· Stick to the “fun” size – Smaller is better when it comes to candy! Look for “fun” or bite-sized options of safe sweets.
· Only keep a portion of the treats – Go through your child’s trick-or-treat haul and pick out just a handful of sweets that are relatively safe for a child with diabetes. Then you and your little one can donate the rest to somewhere like a hospital or senior living home.
Trick-or-treating can still be fun, even if you have to watch blood sugar levels. If you’re concerned about eating the wrong thing, or notice foot pain when you tromp from door-to-door, contact Advanced Foot & Ankle Specialists of Arizona to see how we can help. You can call, fax, or use our website to request more information: in Chandler, call (480) 963-9000 and fax (480) 963-0375; to reach the Gilbert office, call (480) 981-1800 and fax (480) 981-0229.