As Easter gets closer you may start to feel a sense of trepidation. As a diabetic you know how difficult it is to eat sensibly when faced with a big holiday meal. Your family and friends may put on the pressure to indulge at this time of year. But they just don't understand how long you've struggled to get your blood sugars under control.
As a Seattle podiatrist who sees many patients with diabetes I applaud your desire to keep things on an even keel during the Easter.
Here are 5 tips for people with diabetes to eat healthier at Easter.
1. Portion size
One of the easiest ways to keep things under control is by controlling the amount or portion size you put on your plate. Although it's tempting to pile your plate high with the stuff you crave, take small amounts of each food that you love.
2. Put down your fork
Many of us barely chew our food before we take the next bite. And before we know it we've overeaten. A great solution is putting down your fork when you're not using it instead of waving it around to make a point. If your fork is down you have a much greater chance of fully chewing your food and feeling full faster.
3. Don't Skip Breakfast
If you think that skipping breakfast is a good idea, it's really the worst idea. You need to keep your blood sugars steady. Eat a breakfast that has plenty of protein so that you're not starving by the time you hit Easter dinner. You'll be much less likely to overeat if you're not that hungry.
4. Make Your Plate Mostly Veggies
Before you sit down to the dinner table, strategize what you're going to put on your plate. Focus on the veggies first. When the asparagus, broccoli, and salad come around don't be shy. Fill up at least half your plate with greens. Ham or turkey should take up only one quarter of your plate. The other quarter can be rice, quinoa, or yams. Just be mindful that if the yams are topped with marshmallows or are candied, you're really eating dessert.
5. Savor the Sweets Last
By the end of the meal, you'll be pretty darn full. You'll likely be bracing yourself for the sweets. You'll be fine as long as you limit them and truly savor each bite. Only take those sweets that you truly love and leave the rest behind.
After the holiday you'll likely be back to your regular eating routine. While keeping your A1Cs low is a great goal to have, it's also important to make sure your diabetes isn't affecting your feet.
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