It’s that time of year for family gatherings and holiday parties where food is abundant. Temptations are everywhere and daily routines can easily get disrupted. So, how do you stick to your meal plan and keep your diabetes under control during these times? Here’s a few tips to help you stay on track and not feel like you’re missing out.
Have a Back-Up Plan
Often times there’s no way to know what types of foods will be available at parties or family gatherings. Make sure you have a back up plan just in case the food options aren’t exactly what you need.
- Bring a healthy dish
- Eat as close to your normal eating schedule as possible to keep your blood sugar steady
- Don’t skip meals thinking you can save up for a big dinner as this can cause a drop in blood sugar and/or a spike
- If you indulge, eat smaller portions
Be Physically Active
During this time of the year, the weather may not allow for getting out and moving around as much. With food the center of attention during the holidays, you can not afford not to move around. Find a way to get moving for at least 15-20 minutes after a meal as this will help with the digestion process and help keep blood sugars under control. Can’t go outside due to weather? Turn on some tunes and have a family dance off.
Eat Smaller Portions
Headed to a holiday buffet? Grab the smallest plate you can find and fill it with non-starchy foods to better manage your glucose. Now that’s not to say you can’t have a little bit of something that only comes around once a year, just be mindful of how much your eating.
Load Up on Veggies
There are so many flavorful and colorful vegetables to enjoy that are packed with fiber which helps to keep your blood sugar under control. Eating vegetables that are high in fiber will help to keep you fuller for longer which helps to prevent overeating and sugar cravings. Consider taking a colorful salad, steamed veggies or a broccoli salad.
Be Selective with Sweets
Instead of having the traditional pecan pie, swap it for a healthier version with cinnamon pecan energy bites. By doing this, you’ll save yourself calories and carbs without sacrificing any flavor. However, if you do choose to indulge, eat a smaller portion and limit other carbs like breads and potatoes during the meal.
Wishing you and your family a safe, happy and healthy holiday season!