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Maintaining a balanced diet during the holidays while managing diabetes can be challenging, but it's essential for your health. Here are some tips for eating well during the holidays, along with some diabetes-friendly recipes you can prepare at home and take with you to gatherings:
Tips for Eating Well During the Holidays:
Plan Ahead: Before attending holiday gatherings, plan your meals and snacks. Knowing what you'll eat can help you manage your blood sugar levels.
Portion Control: Be mindful of portion sizes. Use smaller plates and utensils to help control portions, and avoid going back for seconds.
Balance Carbohydrates: Keep track of your carbohydrate intake. Focus on foods with a lower glycemic index (GI) to help stabilize blood sugar levels.
Choose Lean Proteins: Opt for lean protein sources such as turkey, chicken, fish, or tofu. Protein can help keep you feeling full and stable your blood sugar.
Load Up on Vegetables: Fill your plate with non-starchy vegetables like broccoli, Brussels sprouts, and spinach. These are low in carbs and high in fiber.
Limit Sugary and High-Fat Foods: Minimize consumption of sugary desserts, pastries, and high-fat dishes. If you want to indulge, do so in moderation.
Embrace Moderation and Mindfulness:
When the desire to indulge arises, remember the power of moderation. Experiment with modest portions of various dishes and savour each morsel by eating slowly and mindfully.
Stay Hydrated: Drink plenty of water throughout the day. Sometimes thirst can be mistaken for hunger.
Control Alcohol Intake: If you choose to drink alcohol, do so in moderation, and pair it with food to slow the absorption of alcohol.
Mindful Eating: Pay attention to what you're eating and savor each bite. Eating slowly can help prevent overeating.
Test Your Blood Sugar: Regularly monitor your blood sugar levels during the holiday season, especially if you're trying new foods or recipes.
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