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.
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.