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Diabetes Management: 5 Healthy Eating Tips for the Holidays

Diabetes Management: 5 Healthy Eating Tips for the Holidays
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By    |   Monday, 18 December 2017 09:56 AM

The winter holidays pose special challenges for people with diabetes, whose health depends on maintaining a healthy eating plan. Temptations are everywhere, and parties and travel disrupt daily routines.

So, how can you stick to your diabetes meal plan when everyone around you seems to be indulging in sweets and high-carb holiday foods?

Recognize that you may not be able to control what food you’re served, but you can control what you eat with the following strategies from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that can help:

Keep to a schedule: Eat at your usual times to keep your blood sugar steady. If your meal is served later than normal, eat a small snack at your usual mealtime and eat less when dinner is served.

Bring your own food: Invited to a dinner party? Offer to bring a healthy dish along.

Don’t skip meals: Fasting before a feast will make it harder to keep your blood sugar in control, and you’ll be really hungry and more likely to overeat.

Fit in your favorites: Enjoy dishes you really love and can’t get any other time of year, like your favorite aunt’s Christmas cookies. But be sure to slow down and savor a small serving, and count it in your meal plan. For instance, if you have a sweet treat, cut back on other carbs (like potatoes and bread) to compensate.

Recover from lapses quickly: If you slip up, get right back to healthy eating with your next meal.

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