Preparing holiday meals can be challenging when living with diabetes. Here are some simple tips to prepare for and manage the holidays.
Make sure to eat breakfast and continue eating meals and snacks regularly throughout the day. Fasting before a big meal may affect your blood glucose levels negatively.
Be aware of how many servings of high carbohydrate/starchy foods you eat. Stuffing, bread, pasta, rice, potatoes, and corn are examples of foods fitting into this category.
Make sure to include more fruits and vegetables in your diet. Raw, grilled, or steamed fruits and veggies are a great source of vitamins and minerals, are low in fat, high in fiber, and may help you feel full longer on fewer calories.
Avoid high-calorie drinks. Instead, choose water, unsweetened beverages, and coffee and/or tea without cream or sugar. Staying hydrated makes you feel fuller and is good for you.
Limit or avoid alcohol. Alcohol, especially on an empty stomach, can lower blood sugar. Make sure to talk with your health care professional about whether it is safe to drink alcohol.
Physical activity is an important part of managing diabetes. Walking keeps you moving and on track with your goals. It is a fun healthy activity you can do with friends and family.
Don’t be hard on yourself if you overeat or get off track. Instead, look ahead, problem solve, and come up with a plan that gets you on the path to healthier eating. Meet with a Registered Dietitian.
Be inspired to stay in the spirit of good health!
Contact Family Nutrition Center to schedule an appointment with our Registered Dietitians. Let us help you meet your health and nutrition goals.