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Type 1 Diabetes: How to Navigate a 4th of July Barbecue

 

Nothing screams Independence Day like a backyard barbecue but it is yet another seasonal festivity that revolves around food. From all your grilled favorites, every type of potato and macaroni salad you can think of, and tables decorated with red white and blue themed desserts, the endless choices can be overwhelming especially when you throw type 1 diabetes on top. Creating a plan beforehand will make you feel more confident in your blood sugar management when attending a barbecue and we are here to help!

 

Carb Count Before the BBQ

If the array of food has you feeling overwhelmed even before you arrive, consider looking up the carb counts for your barbecue favorites. You can save this list in the note section of your phone and have an easy reference point ready to go. Rather than scrambling at the last minute trying to figure out the carb count for your plate.

 

Bring Your Favorite Dish with You

Showing up to a barbecue with your favorite dish can offer you safety and security. There are going to be a lot of unknown foods that you may not be sure how your blood sugars will respond to. Going to a BBQ with a safety-net of your favorite food can offer you the comfort of knowing how your food was prepared and how much to dose for so you can spend more time enjoying quality time with your friends and family.

 

Do a Walk Through The BBQ Options

Scope out the food scene prior to grabbing your plate and consider which foods look the most appetizing to you. With buffet style meals, it can be easy to load up your plate as you make your way down the table that you may end up with more than you actually intended on eating.

 

Stay Hydrated

Being outside all day in the hot summer sun can increase your risk of dehydration which can lead to elevated blood sugar levels, too. Do yourself (and your blood sugars) a favor and pour yourself a glass of water.

 

When living with type 1 diabetes, it can feel like you are constantly preoccupied by your management and can’t enjoy yourself. Next time you are at a BBQ, keep these tips in mind to help you have a good time alongside diabetes.

Amanda Ciprich

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