Well, I might have a crowd of people with torches outside my door for saying this out loud, but I can’t help myself: it’s really okay to eat Christmas cookies…even if you have diabetes.
Of all the cookies in the world, I think Christmas sugar cookies (gluten-free at my house) might just be my absolute favorite. (Well, those and the Samoa’s the darn girl-scouts sell, but those aren’t gluten-free, and thus I am deeply deprived and resentful.)
Here are 3 reasons why (and how) you can totally enjoy cookies with Santa, if you so please:
Eating a few cookies doesn’t mean you’re eating cookies all day long
There’s a big difference between adding 30 (or, gasp, even 50) grams of carbs onto your total carb-tally of cookies if the rest of your day was really low-carb.
For example, today, I ate two homemade psyllium husk rolls with two eggs (a meal for which I need zero insulin). For lunch, I had an avocado with a bell pepper, a snack of 2 slices of cheese and a few strawberries. Dinner was sautéed cauliflower with red peppers along with a spoonful of natural peanut butter and a low-carb “Orgain” protein shake.
If I wanted to add 3 or 4 gluten-free sugar cookies to this day, would that really be the end of the world? I think not. In fact, the total carb-count would be well below 100 grams.
Life is short and cookies taste good
There’s also a big difference between eating cookies every single day…and eating cookies a couple nights out of the week.
If you’re in a long-term and ambitious pursuit of losing 100 pounds then I totally understand why those few nights of cookies are definitely going to impede your progress. But if you’re living life, managing your blood sugars to the best of your abilities, and your relationship food doesn’t mean you’re binge-eating on a regular basis, then enjoying a few Christmas cookies during the holiday season (or any season, for that matter) is really not going to break the bank.
You can of course also make Diabetes Strong’s sugar-free peanut butter cookies if you really want to avoid the sugar…
Man (and Woman) made insulin, and I’m gonna use it
Certainly, this one only applies to those of us with type 1 or type 2s who use insulin, but it’s worth saying.
I can only applaud and admire those who follow strict low-carb, ketogenic diets month after month. Seriously, that’s awesome. But for me, ya know, I love eating low-carb most of the time because the benefits of it are obvious in my blood sugars and my waistline, but at the end of the day, I also just love cookies.
I’m not gonna waste my fabulously precious insulin on boring (in my opinion) carbs like bagels or bread. I don’t care one bit about pasta or juice or maple syrup and pancakes. But I will spend my insulin on a few delicious homemade, gluten-free, Christmas sugar cookies.
And I will enjoy every single sweet and scrumptious bite.
Ginger & Santa
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