Holiday Tips For Diabetics

Author: Dr. Linda M. Gaudiani

Dr. Linda M. Gaudiani MARIN COUNTY, CA – The season for family, festivity, and food — lots of food – is here. Temptations and parties are everywhere! How do you stick to your diabetes meal plan when everyone around you seems to be splurging? Marin General Hospital's Dr. Linda M. Gaudiani shared tips to help diabetics survive and enjoy the holiday season.

Holiday Tips

  1. Plan Ahead – think about what you will eat, how much and the timing of your meals so you can enjoy the holidays while keeping your blood sugars on track.
  2. Don't skip meals – Make sure to eat your regular scheduled meals before going to your holiday party. This will help control your appetite and regulate your blood sugars so you can avoid overeating later on.
  3. Stay Active – plan a family walk or a game of Frisbee, soccer or touch football around the holiday meal to burn some of the extra calories consumed.
  4. Skip the high-calorie beverages – instead of egg nog and apple cider which have tons of sugar try spiced herbal tea or carbonated water with a twist of lime or lemon.
  5. Revise your recipes – Try healthier versions of your favorite holiday recipes by using less sugar in cranberry sauce and desserts and less fat by adding low sodium vegetable broth to mashed potatoes instead of cream, chose white turkey meat with no skin, use a small amount of olive oil instead of butter on vegetables.
  6. Focus on your vegetables – Offer to bring a green salad or a side of steamed vegetables to your holiday party.
  7. Be selective – have a reasonable portion of your favorite foods and pass on the rest. Don't' feel like you have to sample everything on the table.
  8. Enjoy dessert – allow for a small portion of your favorite dessert by cutting back on one serving of carbohydrate at dinner.
  9. Don't give into pressure – Decide ahead of time how much you will eat and how you will handle the social pressure. If there is someone else who is watching what they eat, ask them if they want to join you for a walk while the dessert is out on the table.