4 top holiday travel tips for type 2 diabetes
Less stress. More merry.
The holiday season can be wonderful — and not-so wonderfully stressful, especially when you’re managing type 2 diabetes. Regular schedules and routines are interrupted by travel, social events, and a seemingly endless array of tempting sweet treats. Want to stay on track while savoring the season? Use our quick tips to stay grounded and healthy.
1. Plan ahead
Being prepared and flexible will go a long way in helping you maintain your overall health and well-being during the holidays. The single most helpful thing to do? Meal planning and prepping. Stop by the grocery store on the weekend to stock up on nutritious food items you’ll need throughout the week for healthy meals. Having packed lunches and snacks will prevent you from going out and not being in control of the menu. If you need help with meal planning while taking Pendulum Glucose Control, contact our Registered Dietitian for a free nutrition consultation.
Make your calendar your best friend and create digital reminders or sticky notes for what you plan to eat. Also, use this method to block out time for exercise — even if it’s just a quick walk.
2. Pack your pillbox
Traveling to relatives for the holidays? Tote your portable pillbox with you to ensure you don’t miss a single dose of your medications, vitamins, supplements, or Pendulum Glucose Control. Friendly reminder: keep Pendulum Glucose Control cold with refrigerated ice packs or a cooler while you’re en route. If you’ll be flying, pack it in your suitcase with the ice packs or call your airlines ahead of time to see if the flight attendants wouldn't mind putting your pillbox in the fridge during the flight.
3. Stay active
Exercise is often the first thing to slide during the holiday season — we totally get it. But it’s important to get in at least 30 minutes of physical activity daily or as recommended by your healthcare provider. It can be as simple as a brisk walk around the neighborhood (bonus: enjoy the holiday lights along your route!). Stuck on a plane, train, or long car ride? Do a few stretches in your seat or take a stroll up and down the aisle if you can.