Managing Diabetes: Tips For Enjoying New Year's Parties

This year's Christmas festivities are over, but New Year's celebrations are ahead.

Though it is always tempting to gastronomically indulge this time of year, maintaining your health goals is important not only for you, but also for those who care about you.

Healthy Party Tips

Here are nine tips to have fun and be healthy.

  1. Before leaving home for the party, enjoy a snack or a small, balanced meal (and do not skip breakfast or lunch). You will be more likely to eat according to your healthy goals if you do not arrive at a party with your stomach growling.
  2. Take a wide-angle view of the food choices available and consider what to consume before adding anything to your plate. You know which items will turn into regret and which will allow you to feel good tomorrow.
  3. Go for the veggies. Cauliflower, broccoli, tomatoes, carrots, and other delicious healthy treats are typical appetizers. You can add a dab of dip – or better yet, enjoy the crunchy complex vegetable flavors unadulterated.
  4. When it comes to crackers and chips, think in terms of moderation. Place a few on your plate and then walk away from the bag or bowl. Do your best to bypass the dips, or dip sparingly.
  5. You do not have to be part of the "clean plate club." If you choose an entree that makes you wrinkle your nose, don't be afraid to leave it on your plate.
  6. Do your best to socialize away from the food spread and keep bringing your focus back to socializing.
  7. It is wise to add an extra blood sugar check or two on party days; the additional readings will help you make better food choices.
  8. Even Scrooge likely chose to sip water instead of punch laced with alcohol. While that may be wishful thinking, it is important to be alcohol-prudent and stay hydrated.
  9. It is tempting to relax exercise routines around the holidays, but there is no better time of year to keep them. Although you may feel pressed for time, take that walk, or make it to your gym or yoga session.

Best wishes for the New Year!

Source: AADE

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