"Managing diabetes is really about making healthy food choices and controlling portions," says Dr. Deborah Clegg, a diabetes nutritional specialist at UT Southwestern Medical Center.
If you're hosting a party, include healthy options such as salad, fruits, and vegetables. Low-calorie and sugar-free options can help diabetic friends and family control calories and carbohydrates and make sound choices without much fuss.
If you're trying to keep control of your diabetes, find out what's on tap for the Super Bowl party you're attending. If it's shaping up to be a high-carb feast, bring some of your own favorite dishes, or coordinate with other family and friends with diabetes to ensure the table includes healthier options.
Dr. Clegg offers these hosting guidelines:
Zero ‘penalties' for eating these foods:
5-yard penalties (meaning go sparingly and watch portion sizes)
15-yard penalty for consumption of these items:
"The goal is to keep the carbohydrates down - and encourage more of the protein-enriched foods -- to enhance satiety," Dr. Clegg advises.
Dr. Clegg also coaches her patients to eat slowly, so that they eat a limited amount per quarter, and to get up and walk around during each commercial to encourage activity as well as better eating habits. It's also important to monitor blood sugars on a regular basis throughout the game.
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