Tis the season to be jolly as we focus on the birth of Christ and we spend quality time with our family and friends. We are oftentimes confused about gift buying and so today I would like to use this opportunity to make some suggestions about the kind of gifts my readers may want to consider when purchasing for diabetics. I hope to include some items from what I like to call a “diabetic wish list” for Christmas.
In the spirit of the line “all I want for Christmas,” I encourage you to continue reading and perusing the suggestions I think would make a diabetic happy for Christmas, as we continue to be diabetic-free and to be in the best of health. Please see below for a few things from Amazon and a synopsis about each item.
Mixed Nuts and Seeds Holiday Gift Tray 12 Variety Gift Basket
In a previously written article, I explained the importance of nuts and seeds in our diet, especially those of us who are diabetic. Some people are still hanging dearly to the myth that diabetics should avoid fats if they want to be able to control their blood glucose.
This is however far from the truth. We should choose our fat wisely and we will be amazed. Fat is healthy for diabetics and we should consider eating some nuts and seeds on a daily basis in order to see our blood glucose falling closer to the normal range.
Yes, moderation, like with everything else that we eat and do should always be the order of the day. For more information about nuts and seeds for diabetics, please read this article entitled “The Truth About Fat and Controlling Diabetes with Diet. If you are excited enough about this gift idea, then go ahead and click the picture above to purchase from Amazon.
Let us now take a look at the above mentioned holiday variety gift tray of mixed nuts and seeds. This is a good gift to send to someone in an office and would make the perfect alternative to a gift basket filled with sweets and carbs to be avoided by diabetics. I am sure that you agree with me that our gifts should be thought of and that we can play a major role in helping someone to prevent a spike in their blood glucose this Christmas.
Here is what you get and for a decent price from Amazon:
- Mixed nuts and seeds in a sturdy 12-section gift tray made of wood.
- brazil nuts
- corn nuts
- pumpkin seeds
- sunflower seeds
- Great snacks for diabetics and or the health conscious at heart.
- Plant-based foods which will help to lower blood sugar levels.
- Certified, freshly roasted Kosher protein.
Who can I give this gift?
- Your boss.
- Someone on a Paleo Diet.
- Someone on a gluten-free diet.
- Your teacher, preacher, cleaning attendant.
- Think about the many people in your life who would appreciate this beautiful, healthy gift of nuts and seeds.
Kindly note that this tray of nuts and seeds got a 4.9 out of 5 stars on the Amazon site. Go ahead and order your holiday gift tray of nuts and seeds at Amazon.
Deluxe Diabetic Healthy Christmas Gift Basket
I have started to remind myself that a few days of fun is not worth my throwing away all that I worked for in the past few months. I am entering this Christmas season with my blood glucose at least a half of what the readings were in the beginning of this year and it is my intention to improve the readings during the season rather than end it higher.
With this said, I am also encouraging my readers to do the same. We must ensure that we do not fall ill because we failed to act in an informed and responsible manner. Controlling our blood glucose should be on our minds at all times. We should be reminded that we have taken the journey of a lifetime to change our lifestyle to include whole foods and exercise and this Christmas should not be an exception.
For those of you who are desirous of purchasing gifts for your diabetic loved ones, you may want to click on the picture to the right and check out this gift basket which will help the recipient to keep their blood sugar more controlled. The foods in this basket have no sugar added. This is a basket of treats for diabetics. Please see below for the contents of the Deluxe Diabetic Healthy Christmas Gift Basket:
- Broccoli or Mushroom Soup. Please read this article about natural cures for diabetes, which includes some information about broccoli.
- Red Pepper
- Horseradish or Artichoke Pesto/Spread
- Pumpkin Seeds
- Tea with Cinnamon
- Hummus or Bean Dip
- Seafood Spread
- Kale Chips
- Parmesan Crisps or Parmesan
- Recommended Food Guide for Diabetes Prevention/Management
- Basket or Decorative Container
Grandma’s Original No Sugar Added Fruit & Nut Cake 2 lb. Ring
Yes, breathtaking! We are agreeing on this one. Let us also agree that being diabetic does not mean that we have to be left to one side of the table away from cakes and cookies. Let us give the gift of the traditional cakes made by grandma from scratch, using whole foods and sweetened naturally by the succulent fruits given to us by God.
As is customary, I will still exercise caution when eating this cake. As I have said before and will continue to say, moderation needs to be a diabetics’ friend. Everything that we eat and do should be in moderation. My doctor once said to me and I have proven him to be correct, “it’s ok to have 2 slices of bread, but not all at once. Pace them out.” I say the same to my diabetic readers and their caregivers. Have your cake for Christmas, but just a tiny slice now and an even tinier slice later in the day.
If you would like to send this caked filled with fruits and nuts, please go to Amazon to purchase. Remember that you will be helping someone to enjoy the season and start the new year with a more controlled blood glucose. Go ahead and give this gift of Grandma’s Original No Sugar Added Fruit & Nut Cake 2lb Ring
This is a rather fashionable way to give a medical alert in the event you are not able to speak. I pray that this will not be the case for any of my readers. We must, however, be practical and accept that there are diabetics all over the world who sometimes find themselves in situations where they are unable to say what is wrong with them.
Sad to say, this could lead to more serious complications. I remember one day at work, my sugar fell below 4 and my assistant saw me shaking at my desk. Because he knew that I was diabetic and he knew I needed to get something sweet to drink, he held the cup for me to drink. Within a few minutes, I was better and my blood glucose rose to a comfortable level.
What if I was in the presence of someone who was ignorant of my medical problem? It is for this reason that this medical alert necklace is highly useful. If you have to be taken to the hospital, then the medical team attending to you will also see that you are diabetic. This will guide them in their decisions and a timely decision could very well save your life.
I am encouraging diabetics to purchase this Diabetic Necklace. The chain is made from stainless steel and so you will have it for a long time without it changing color. It could read either Type 1 Diabetic or Type 2 Diabetic. There is a crystal in the shape of a heart and you can choose the desired color for the crystal. This means that you could invest in several colors to coordinate with your clothing. In the event you are purchasing one for Christmas, or giving one as a Christmas gift, then I would go with red to coordinate with the most popularly worn color for the season. Please note that these necklaces got a 4.7 out of 5 stars on the Amazon site.
There is so much more that you could buy yourself for Christmas, or that you could give to other diabetics and so I took the liberty of including an Amazon advertisement/display at the bottom of this page. Let me take the opportunity to wish for you a wonderful Christmas Season. I pray that you will have peace, good food, and drink and that you will take enough time to focus on the “reason for the season.”
Cherish the time with your family and friends and do ensure that you spend quality time with your loved ones. Spend each moment like it will be your last. We are all here for a short time, let us give thanks for all and everything, as we ensure that we exercise and eat in moderation so that our blood glucose will fall within the normal range or at least closer. I think that this is the best gift you could give to yourself and to the people who love you.
Merry Christmas when it comes and please enjoy the journey to Christmas Day.