Handling Diabetes during the Holiday Season

The holidays are a time for get- parties with family and friends and indulgent treats. With such a focus on food and eating during these get-togethers, a restricted diet due to diabetes can make these moments especially challenging. The CDC estimates that 29.1 million (9.3% of the population) Americans has diabetes with 11.2 million being over the age of 65.

Helpful hints from Visiting Nurse Service of New York:

 ·         Planning Ahead: Take in to consideration the timing of your meal. If it will be earlier or later than your regularly scheduled meals, plan in advance for how you will be handling these changes to prevent blood sugar reactions.

·         Try Healthy Alternatives: For diabetic friendly options, try smaller portions of your favorite dishes, or make some simple changes. For example, taking the skin off the turkey and avoiding starchy sides can help to reduce some of the sodium intake. Ask for low sodium brands of gravy, and season side dishes with ingredient besides salt, such as garlic or ground pepper. Try to use low-fat yogurt instead of sour cream to top off your plate.

·         Be Selective: When choosing your options for what you will be enjoying that evening do some advance research to know what options are best for your needs. For example, choosing pumpkin pie over apple will offer you higher amounts of fiber, and lower amounts of sugar and calories.

With just a little preparation, diabetes patients and their families can enjoy all that this holiday season has to offer.

[SOURCE: Visiting Nurse Service of New York]