It can be difficult for people with diabetes to cope with food choices during the indulgent festive season. According to Pav Kalsi, clinical advisor at Diabetes UK, if you have the condition, the first of his advice is to consider the healthy versions of classic Christmas dishes, which means adapting recipes which are lower in fat and include fruit and vegetable and the last but not the least important: keep physically active. These two clever moves will help control blood glucose levels, blood pressure and blood fats and to manage weight.
It can be tough, but if we follow these instructions regarding the cooking method, you won’t need to resist temptation, but just think positively, it can be a healthy lifestyle for all the family members.
Let’s start with the king of the table,turkey. Removing the skin and eating light-colored meat like breast rather than dark meat like thigh will help reduce your calorie intake.
Use low-fat cocktail sausages and pierce the skins. Wrap with lean back-bacon and grill, rather than fry or bake, to allow any excess fat to drain away. Try and limit yourself to two or three.
While roasting the potatoes, which is the best cooking method use spray oil or dry-roasting in order to keep the amount of fat to a minimum.
Regarding stuffing, try to avoid high-fat, high-calorie sausage meat. Instead use vegetarian stuffing such as sage and onion or chestnut and cook in a separate dish to the turkey.
Try to fill at least two-fifths of your plate with vegetables. They are low in calories, help you feel fuller for longer and leave less room for unhealthy foods. If possible boil or steam rather than fry.
In order to manage diabetes, after the Christmas dinner, comes the dessert and it has no sense if it is not included in this celebration menu. OK, you can enjoy the dessert such as the traditional pudding or mince pies but make the mince without its lid, or choose single cream instead double and make the custard with semi-skimmed or skimmed milk.
Worried about drinking? Try to alternate between alcoholic and soft drinks to help limit the amount of alcohol you consume and keep you hydrated at the same time. Go for sugar-free or diet drinks and use these for mixers as well. Remember not to drink on an empty stomach.
Try not to exaggerate with drinking. Diabetes UK recommends men should have a maximum of 3-4 units of alcohol and women a maximum of 2-3 units.
Article source: BBC Good Food