All-you-can eat buffets can throw off even the most fastidious healthy dieter, which can pose particular dangers for diabetics trying to control their blood sugar.
But you don’t have to avoid those special events, office parties, or family get-togethers out of fear of overdoing it at the buffet table. Here are five tips for outsmarting the buffet from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that can help make healthy choices easier:
Be selective: Have a small plate of the foods you like best and then move away from the buffet table.
Load up on veggies: Start with vegetables to take the edge off your appetite.
Don’t rush: Eat slowly. It takes at least 20 minutes for your brain to realize you’re full. Taking your time to dine will make it less likely you’ll overeat.
Avoid or limit alcohol: If you do have an alcoholic drink, have it with food. Alcohol can lower blood sugar and interact with diabetes medicines.
Choose healthier options: For instance: Have pumpkin pie instead of pecan pie. Even with a dollop of whipped cream, you’ll cut calories and sugar by at least a third.
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