(HealthDay News) -- It can be difficult to eat healthy during the holidays, especially for diabetics.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offers these suggestions for people with diabetes:
- Eat a healthy snack before you attend a holiday gathering, or pack a healthy snack to eat there. You can also ask ahead of time which foods will be served, so you can better plan.
- If there's a buffet, take small portions, then head to another room so you're not tempted to reload your plate.
- Choose low-calorie or calorie-free drinks, from unsweetened tea to sparkling water. If you drink alcohol, drink a small amount with food.
- Avoid foods such as glazed ham, turkey with gravy and side dishes laden with butter, cream or mayonnaise. Instead, opt for lighter dishes with a vegetable base and fewer fatty, sugary and salty ingredients.
- For dessert, choose a food with a fruit base instead of desserts high in sugar, fat and cholesterol.
- Focus on friends and family, not food.
Copyright © 2013 HealthDay. All rights reserved.