- Navigating holiday dinners can be a challenge for people with diabetes.
- The key is to make a plan, know your limits, and keep an eye on your blood sugar to ensure you have a healthy and happy holiday season.
- While you may need to avoid some foods and beverages during the holidays, it’s important to still enjoy yourself!
Ah, who doesn’t love the holidays? Twinkling lights, holiday parties, delicious food, and quality time with family are just a few of the fun festivities many of us look forward to. But if you have diabetes, navigating the holidays can be a bit of a challenge. Between work potlucks, home-baked goods, and family dinners, there are many food tables to navigate. But just because it can be challenging doesn’t mean you have to miss out on your favorite parts of the season.
The secret to enjoying the holidays with diabetes is to be prepared. Knowing your limits and tracking your blood sugar regularly are two important steps in keeping your blood sugar in check. It’s also important to know what you should and shouldn’t eat. Follow along as we take a look at which Christmas foods you should eat and which ones you’re better off avoiding if you have diabetes.
Turkey is often the centerpiece of Christmas dinner and luckily for people with diabetes, it’s also a great source of protein to add to your plate. It’s best to choose light-colored meat, such as the turkey breast instead of dark meat like the thigh. This is because white meat is lower in fat. Opting for skinless turkey is also a great low-fat option.
But turkey isn’t the only protein option you can have! The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says chicken, and lean fish or beans are also great options for people with diabetes.