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Staying On Top of Your Diabetes During the Holiday Season

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Making Healthy Food Choices

Eating with some responsibility and thought is the key. Although your friends will think your weird.

REMEMBER THIS IS NOT YOU LAST MEAL ON THE PLANET!

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5 simple Holiday Tips

Want to enjoy the holidays and the food and still stay healthy?

The 5 tips below can help guide you through your next holiday event:

1. Focus on Friends and Family

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The holidays are a time to take it easy and catch up with your friends and family. The Focus is not on the food.

Play games, volunteer, or spend time outdoors, take a day trip to a museum.

2. It’s a Party, take it easy!

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Eat slowly, and really enjoy the foods that you may only have once a year.

If the meal will be served near your usual meal time, try to eat the same amount of carbohydrate that you normally would for a meal. If you plan to have a portion of dessert, cut back on another carbohydrate food during the main course.

  • Survey the foods served before filling your plate. Choose your favorite foods and skip your least favorite. Include vegetables and fruits to keep your plate balanced.
  • Make sure your portions are reasonable and resist going back for second helpings.
  • Be realistic. Don’t try to lose pounds during the holidays, instead try to maintain your current weight.

Now your friends might think your weird but thats a good thing!

 

3. Bring What You Like

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Try not to worry about what will be served. Offer to bring your favorite dish to share. If you count carbohydrates, check your recipe’s nutrition facts so you know how many carbohydrates are in one serving and the size of a serving.

Don’t skip meals. Before leaving for your  party or dinner, eat a light snack like raw vegetables or a piece of fruit to curb your appetite. You will be less tempted to over-indulge.

 

4. Drink in Moderation

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Avoid drinks that have high calorie mixers like regular soda, tonic, juice or margarita mix that are all packed with carbohydrate and calories.  Opt for sugar free mixes instead if you can.

 

5. Stay Active

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One reason that we have problems managing diabetes and weight during the holidays is our lack of physical activity. Sure, the holidays are busy, but plan time into each day for exercise and don’t break your routine. Make the holidays an active time!

  • Plan time for exercise. Exercise helps relieve holiday stress and prevent weight gain. A moderate and daily increase in exercise can help partially offset increased holiday eating. Try 10- or 15-minute brisk walks twice a day.
  • Beat the Crowds and Take the Farthest Parking Spot.
  • Take Advantage of Fitness Apps-  My Fitness Pal or  Nike Training Club.
  • Walk to Work or During Your Lunch Hour.

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