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With parties, restaurant visits and family dinners, it can be easy to go overboard with food and beverages during the holidays. So plan in advance to keep your blood glucose and weight management efforts on track and enjoy the many food-sharing occasions. Here are some “challenge areas” or holiday WATCH-OUTS and some ideas on how to manage them!
A few extra bites at the festive buffet table, a bite while cooking or cleaning up after meals, or sampling baked goods at the grocery store - all are… bites, licks, and tastes or BLTs! Food tidbits eaten mindlessly, when we are not really hungry can add hundreds of calories in one day! Here are some strategies to limit them:
Watching portions is a key strategy to avoid overindulging while enjoying a variety of foods. Use some of these tips to WATCH those portions:
For more information on portion control, read Portion Control 1, 2, 3.
Alcoholic beverages are often part of holiday celebrations. The Canadian Diabetes Association suggests that people with diabetes can drink alcohol in moderation, which means consuming no more than two drinks per day for men, and one drink per day for women. Drinking alcohol can lead to low blood glucose, so while drinking, monitor your blood glucose and eat carbohydrate-rich foods.1 Here are some tips to help manage your intake:
To keep your blood glucose and weight management efforts on track this holiday season pay attention to these holiday WATCH-OUTs.. Don’t be discouraged if you overindulge, adjust your food choices at your next meal and plan to be more active!
1. Alcohol + Diabetes: Is Alcohol a Choice for Me? Canadian Diabetes Association 09/11