7 Tips for a Diabetes-Friendly Holiday Season

'Twas the night before Christmas and the food was divine, but along with great meals comes an expanding waistline!

Actually, we beg to differ. There is no reason a healthy diet and lifestyle can’t fit into your holiday activities. After all, most recipes can be made more healthy by simply cutting down on their fat or sugar content (try baking your favorite holiday goodies with Splenda or Stevia). And, as always, staying active and managing your portions is critical. To help make the holidays a little more diabetes-friendly, here are seven essential tips for managing your weight and blood sugar:

Stay active. Remember to try and maintain your usual activity level regardless of how busy the season is. Or better yet, add a little more exercise than usual to ward off the added calories.

Remember to try and maintain your usual activity level regardless of how busy the season is

Use the plate method to keep track of what you’re eating. It’s simple; just allot half your plate for a pile of veggies, then leave a quarter of your plate for carbs and a quarter of your plate for lean protein.

Keep track of your portions. Enjoy your favourite foods, but only eat as much as you normally would. Besides, the less you eat during the big holiday meals the more leftovers you’ll have for later.

the less you eat during the big holiday meals the more leftovers you’ll have for later

Don’t get saucy. Limit your added sauces, gravies and other fats, like butter. Chances are your food tastes great as it is, so there is no reason to drown it in added fat.

Stay hydrated. Drink plenty of water, and skip or limit the rich holiday beverages (peppermint lattes, eggnog, Irish coffee).

Limit alcohol consumption. Alcohol is full of empty calories, and the more you drink the more likely you are to make poor dietary choices. Most importantly, always remember to test blood sugar frequently after drinking to prepare for potentially dangerous blood sugar drops.

... always remember to test blood sugar frequently after drinking to prepare for potentially dangerous blood sugar drops

Don’t skip meals. if you show up hungry, you’re increasing your odds of overeating. -

See more at: The Canadian Diabetes Association

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