Thanksgiving just passed, which means Christmas is almost here, which means…family, presents and lots of food! I think we can all admit that the holidays can be a bit panic inducing, but for those of us living with diabetes, that panic may not be misguided. Even a few days of forgetting about your meal plans and dietary rules can throw your blood sugar out of whack, putting your health and well being at risk.
I’m not telling you this to scare you, or to try and ruin your holiday. Instead, I want to help by sharing these suggestions (courtesy of BBC GoodFood) for holidays swaps you can make that will make your holiday enjoyable without sacrificing control of your diabetes. Happy holidays!
What to Eat
Turkey: Remove the skin and eat white meat to reduce your calorie intake.
Pigs in blankets: Use low-fat cocktail sausages and pierce the skins. Wrap with lean back-bacon (with the excess fat trimmed off) and grill, rather than fry or bake, to allow any excess fat to drain away. Try and limit yourself to two or three.
Roast potatoes: Keep the amount of fat you add to a minimum by dry-roasting or using spray oil.
Stuffing: Avoid high-fat, high-calorie sausage meat. Instead use vegetarian stuffing such as sage and onion or chestnut and cook separately from your protein.
Vegetables: Try to fill at least two-fifths of your plate with vegetables. They are low in calories, help you feel fuller for longer and leave less room for unhealthy foods. If possible boil or steam rather than fry.