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How to Manage Diabetes over the Holidays

At this time of year, there are many decadent treats strewn across the tables and in the ovens, so it is extremely important to watch what you eat if you have diabetes. Hopefully this list of scenarios will help you make the best choices for your health this season.\

Holidays bring out the best in people, and also the best of friends, family, and food. That’s why it is extremely important not to get carried away in the delicious feasts many families make for their special parties. Know when to stop eating or take a smaller portion.

The following scenarios are all too common at the end of the year:

The Potluck Office Christmas Party:

All your hard work will be worth it when you see that buffet set up by your eager coworkers. Just remember that you don’t need a huge portion of every selection. Try taking half of what you normally would, and only of the dishes that look absolutely too good to pass up.

Then, fill up the rest of your plate with vegetables, as these are more nutrient dense and are most likely also delicious! This allows you to have a little bite of some decadent pie or other homemade goodie.

Family Dinner:

If all is well between you and your family after last year when you ate almost all of the pie, come back with your head held high and try out your new portioning technique! Even though everything looks delicious, grandma’s greens are your best chance for a nutritious meal.

You should still try a bite or two of everything so your family doesn’t take offense, and make sure to thank everyone for their contribution because it helps bring a family together.

Cookie Exchange:

Cookie Exchanges are a great part of this time of year, but it’s important to remember how many carbohydrates are in all those cookies and other treats. For instance, a 2×2 inch brownie can have as much as 30 grams of carbohydrates! This is the amount most people with diabetes can handle as a snack, so make your choice of treat and stick with it.

However, if you ate a holiday dinner before the exchange, any carbohydrates in those potatoes, rice, or bread add to your carbohydrate count, so be careful and eat more salad.

Also remember that this applies to everyone, because eating healthy is everyone’s responsibility even if you don’t have diabetes. Good luck! Good eats! Have a great holiday!

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