Q. How can I stick to my meal plan when I'm eating at holiday parties?
A. It's true that the holiday season is notorious for being a period of packing on the pounds, but there are a number of things you can do to maintain a healthy diet during the holidays.
The reality is that this is not difficult to accomplish as long as you remember that the overall strategy involves three things: what you eat, how much you eat and where you eat it.
- Be aware of portion sizes; become familiar with what a serving looks like. This way you'll be better able to figure out how much of that tasty casserole fits within your meal plan.
- Think ahead of the foods you may encounter (or hope to!) and find out their nutritional content. This will eliminate some of the on-the-spot calculations.
- If there's a buffet, don't stand next to it; it's too easy to keep nibbling.
These strategies work for the average healthy person, but for people with issues like diabetes, their best bet is to consult with a registered dietitian or certified diabetes educator for ideas specific their case.
If you are planning the party, an adult diabetic should not be an issue as long as they understand their dietary restrictions. On the other hand, children with diabetes are a different matter. On the following page, you will find information on planning a party with these special guests in mind.