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Holiday eating with diabetes

by Elizabeth Daigle, Izard County Family and Consumer Science Agent

Is holiday food a stressor for you or someone you know? It can be if you or a family member are managing Type 2 Diabetes.  

To have a happy and healthy holiday season, it is important to make the best decisions for your health. Tips to help you make the best decision regarding diabetes and healthy habits during the holiday season include when dining out choose whole grains, fruits, vegetables, lean meats, and healthy fats.  Choose foods that begin with grilled, sautéed, baked, boiled, steamed, and roasted.  Ask for sauces and dressings to be served on the side to control amounts. 

For potlucks, family dinners, or office parties, offer to bring a homemade salad, vegetables, or a side of fresh fruit. 

To assist your management of Diabetes, fill up on raw vegetables, low-fat cheese, or low-fat deli meat before you eat your meal. Drinking water before and during the meal also helps. 

Don’t forget to exercise during the holiday season. Being aware of what is on your plate and staying physically active will help you enjoy your holiday meals with the ones you care about most. 

The Izard County Cooperative Extension Offices wishes you a wonderful healthy and happy holiday season.  Family and Consumer Science Agent ~ Elizabeth Daigle  

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