Eating out or at events where there will be lots of food can be a challenge for healthy eating. It can be even more difficult for diabetics who may experience severe fluctuations in their blood sugar levels depending on the types of calories they consume. The American Association of Diabetes Educators put together a wonderful guide for healthy eating that is diabetes-friendly. Includes portion control and the right combination of foods. Everyone should follow these suggestions, not just diabetics.
Excess calories + decreased exercise = weight gain
Now is not the time to give in to the self-pity that comes after “blowing the diet”. And in this instance, the word “diet” does not refer to a calorie-restricted meal, but refer to the healthy eating plan that we previously discussed (see BLOG 3/26/13). There is nothing wrong with eating a few extra calories every now and again, for a special occasion – as long as you pick right back up and resume your healthy eating plan.
So to beat the blues, acknowledge and accept that you enjoyed spending time with family and friends. You had a wonderful meal or series of meals, and then commit to resuming your healthy eating plan. For the home cooks out there who are preparing foods for friends and families, be mindful that there may be a diabetic or two in the group. Try to include a selection of fresh vegetables (not just prepared as a casserole) – your guests will be thankful!
~ One drop of knowledge can ripple through an entire community
As I write these words, my thoughts go to our troops who are overseas, separated from their loved ones. My prayer is that they will get home to family before the end of this holiday season.