However, avoiding overeating at a party is easier said than done. Taking a few extra precautions ahead of time can help reduce temptation. Try:
The cornerstone of healthy living with diabetes is making good choices as consistently as possible. The best diet for someone with diabetes is low in fat, sodium and added sugar, and high in fiber—most of the time. But on occasion, it is entirely possible to include a little "junk food" into any healthy diet. The key is to do so without really raising blood sugar levels or adding many extra calories.
You can accomplish this by substituting the desired treat for other foods in the meal instead of eating a meal as usual and then adding extras. So in order to help prevent calorie and carbohydrate overload, simply remove 1-2 carbohydrate-food items from your meal and substitute the desired treat. (See an example of this in tip #2 below.) It is important to remember that this concept is intended to be used for special occasions (such as a party) and not on a regular basis. That said, the beauty of the concept is that you don't have to feel like you're missing out on the fun, or that you need "special foods" made just for you at a party. No one has to give up foods they love because of diabetes. They will, however, need to put a little more thought into what they choose to eat.
How to Eat Right at a Party (Without Depriving Yourself)
In order to successfully include traditionally party fare, it is important to have a good understanding of the role nutrition plays in diabetes as well as knowledge of basic meal planning for people with diabetes. Below is a simple overview of the general guidelines. It is highly recommended that everyone with diabetes receive self-management training from a qualified healthcare professional in order to gain in-depth knowledge of meal planning and to help create a meal plan that best fits into their lifestyle. So here are the basics you need to know to eat smart during any celebration. Continued ›