Living with diabetes blog

Diabetes tips for navigating holiday treats

By Nancy Klobassa Davidson, R.N. and Peggy Moreland, R.N. November 23, 2011

With the fall and winter holidays coming up, it can help to have an eating strategy. The American Diabetes Association has some good tips:

  • Eat healthy items you like. If you're worrying about what will be served, offer to bring an appetizer or dish that you know you and others will enjoy.
  • It's a party, but don't overdo it. Plan to enjoy the food. You're in luck if the food will be available near your usual meal time. Try to eat the same amount of carbohydrates that you normally would for a meal. Allow for a small piece of your favorite treat and keep portions small.
  • Eat beforehand if your party or event is later than your usual meal time so that you don't go famished. Some protein, such as skinless chicken, turkey, fish, eggs, or low fat cheese with your meal will help to reduce food cravings. Drink plenty of water to stave off cravings for salty snacks.
  • Focus on reconnecting with friends and family instead of the food. Once you have eaten, station yourself away from food.
  • Drink in moderation. If you drink alcohol, remember to eat something first to prevent low blood glucose levels later. Keep it to no more than 1 drink for women and 2 drinks for men.
  • If you overindulge, get back on track the next morning. Include extra exercise, monitor your blood glucose levels and get back on track with your usual eating habits.

- Peggy

Nov. 23, 2011