When you just survived a double wedding weekend👰🏻, I guess all you can say is "I DEUX." ✌🏼
Although I am still recovering from far too many pigs in a blanket, here are my best pro-tips for tackling wedding season🍾 💍:
1) Eat before you leave because you cannot predict when you will next see food. If I'm rushing, I eat a bar that has a mix of real nuts/chocolate such as Kind Bars. I avoid brands like Rx that contain dates (unless I'm hypo) as these tend to make my sugar spike faster. If I have more time, my go-to snack is turkey on half a whole wheat wrap like Ezekiel (~12g).
2) At weddings, my shugs tend to drop fast, as standing in heels, dancing & alcohol all decrease BGs. It's very hard to mingle, let alone hold a normal conversation when you're hypo. In general, I avoid eating >30g of carbs in one sitting, but at weddings I'm a little more relaxed about my intake, especially if I have a drink. Also (depending on my BGs at the time), I'll decrease my insulin on board.
3) Bring a Tide stick. I got low right before wedding #1, so I quickly clummed down some chocolate in my bag (yeah, not the best choice). As we all know, hypo & shaky hands go well, hand in hand, & I smeared chocolate all over my dress. A dear wedding guest let me borrow her tide stick, & I will now forever carry one in my purse.
4) Your purse is your BFF. Always have it nearby & fully loaded with diabssentials. For wedding #2, the meal came later than expected, & after the chocolate debacle from the night prior, I did not have any snacks left in my purse. Luckily my fiancé hunted down a server for some rolls. Now I always double check that I have snacks to avoid this kind of "hypo & helpless" scenario. Side note: make sure they are NOT meltable.
5) It's smart to have a sidekick at the wedding who is aware you're diabetic, can recognize the signs of hypoglycemia & knows what to do in an emergency. Bonus if they're a good dancer.
6) Relax & have fun. At the end of the day, highs & lows happen. That's just Type 1 diabetes. So take everything in stride-for better, for worse. Give yourself credit when things go well, but don't blame yourself when it's not all rainbows & unicorns. 🦄 💕