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Tips for Holiday Eating

One of the things that makes the holiday season so special is the opportunity to share meals with family and friends. As long as you keep an eye on the amounts, you will be able to enjoy your holiday foods. With the right choices, good cheer can be had by all.


If you're hosting the party, try the following suggestions:

Offer healthy options. Choose foods that are higher in fibre and lower in fat, sodium, and sugar. For example, as an hors d'oeuvre, serve a veggie platter with hummus and salsa. For the main course, choose a recipe with broiled or grilled fish or a legume dish.

Choose higher fibre options for carbs. Make homemade bread with some whole-wheat flour instead of all-purpose flour. Include beans, peas, or lentils more often.

Carb swapping. Another strategy you can try is some carb "swapping" - if you really want to serve stuffing with your turkey, pass on the potatoes. If you choose apple pie for dessert, swap it for your starch (potatoes, rice or noodles) at your meal.

Include water or sugar-free beverages or water as drink options. Offer water, diet pop and other sugar-free drinks at the party. You can add lemon or lime wedges to flavour these beverages.

If you are invited out over the holidays, try these tips:

Don't arrive with an empty stomach. Just like when you go to the supermarket, you shouldn't go to a party hungry. Try to have 10 nuts or some yogurt before you leave the house.

Follow the plate filling rules. As you do at home, start by filling half your plate with vegetables, a quarter with grains and starches, and a quarter with meat and alternatives.

If you drink alcohol, be sure to do it with food. Alcohol can lower your blood glucose, so make sure to eat something with your drink and monitor your glucose levels.

Enjoy and don't stress! Holidays are a time of celebration and enjoyment. If you eat too much at a holiday function, don't stress about it. Just go back to your regular eating habits as soon as you can!

It is not what you eat between Christmas and New Year's that will have the largest impact on your blood glucose control, it is what you do between New Year's and Christmas!