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Health Tip: Keep Diabetes in Check During the Holidays

Health Tip: Keep Diabetes in Check During the Holidays

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Prepare for the festivities

Holiday parties, desserts and buffets can throw your diabetes meal plan way off-track.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggests how to enjoy the holidays if you’re diabetic:

  * Enjoy a healthy snack before you go to a party, or pack one to take with you.
  * Have small portions from the holiday buffet, and make your table far away from the food.
  * Stick to low-calorie drinks, and limit alcohol to one drink a day for women, or two drinks a day for men.
  * Skip poultry with skin, ham with a honey glaze, and creamy side dishes and sauces.
  * Opt for veggie-based, light side dishes, especially fresh vegetables.
  * Enjoy fresh fruit, instead of a piece of pie.
  * Make socializing with friends and family the focus of the season, rather than food.