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Managing Diabetes During the Holidays

November 30, 2015 by  
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A healthy meal for managing diabetes of sliced turkey with roasted potatoes, sugar beets, yams

The holidays can be a challenging time for managing diabetes. There are so many comfort foods that we love to eat around the holidays. Fighting the urge to gorge ourselves can be hard. But with a little prior planning and self control, you should be able to enjoy almost all of your favorites, in moderation of course.

Before you start cooking, consider any changes you can make to your favorite foods to make them more blood sugar friendly. Instead of mashed white potatoes, try substituting mashed cauliflower. Instead of putting marshmallows on top of your sweet potatoes, try just sprinkling some cinnamon on top.

There are so many non-starchy vegetable options available. Making a variety of vegetables can make your holiday meal and healthy, hearty, and beautiful. Some examples of non-starchy vegetables include: greens, mushrooms, asparagus, green beans, cauliflower, broccoli, peppers, zucchini, brussel sprouts, peas, eggplant, pumpkin, carrots, and many more. Just a selection of a few of these will add color, flavor, and variety to any holiday feast.

Focus on lean proteins. Turkey, chicken, pork roast, salmon, steak, lamb chops, and venison are all great options. They are all extremely versatile, and can be seasoned almost any way you prefer.

Before you get ready to make your plate, start with a plan. Break your plate down into fourths. Half of your plate should be filled with non-starchy vegetables. A quarter of your plate can have small portions of carbohydrates and your favorite comfort foods. The final quarter of your plate should consist of a lean protein.

Fortunately, most things in moderation are fine for a diabetic to eat. With so many diverse and delicious choices for both sides and meats, having a enough satisfying options at your celebration should be a piece of cake. Just remember to think about your options in advance, and hopefully you will be able to enjoy the celebrations without sacrificing your health!

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