Healthy Holiday Eating Tips (Part 1)

It’s that time of year again. Holiday parties and family gatherings can present a special challenge when it comes to eating healthy – especially for people who are trying to prevent or control diabetes.

The key to a diabetes-friendly gathering is having a variety of healthy food selections, including a selection of vegetable dishes. Check our book “Every day diabetes guide: Carbs, calories and… cake?” for a variety of interesting, and tasty, veggie recipes.

Mediterranean-style Roasted Vegetables Spiced Beets Oven-fried Okras

The good news is, if you do practice portion control, then you won’t have to completely sacrifice all of your favorites!

The National Diabetes Education Program (NDEP) has a few tips to help you stay healthy and enjoy the holidays:


  • Don’t starve yourself before that special meal – you’re more likely to eat too much if you are super hungry. Have a healthy snack and drink plenty of water before you leave home.
  • Go to the party with a plan. Check out the buffet first, and then decide what and how much you will eat.
  • Enjoy the conversations and savour every bite. Eating slowly reduces your chances of eating too much.
  • Drink water. Water is a healthy, zero calorie beverage – compare that with 1 cup of eggnog at 343 calories!
  • Be the life of the party! Focus on party activities instead of the buffet table.

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