Dietary Advice for Diabetics on Christmas Day
The holidays can be difficult for a patient with chronic illness. Christmas as a popular holiday is associated with large meals and sweet treats and it can be stressful for diabetics, but you don’t need to miss out on the festive fun. What are the best Christmas choices for diabetics? How can people enjoy Christmas meals without sacrificing traditional favorites? Don’t be too stressful, and here are the healthy dietary suggestions for a diabetic-friendly Christmas holiday.
Drinks for people with Diabetics.
﹡Low-calorie and sugar-free drinks.
It is advised to drink plenty of sugar-free drinks if your blood glucose levels are high. Sodas, iced teas and those that have added sweeteners are highly problematic for diabetics. Other drinks, such as freshly squeezed juice, is high in natural sugar; fruit juices, ordinary soft drinks, sport drinks and cordials provide extra carbohydrates and can raise blood glucose above desirable levels.
It is necessary that people with Diabetics watch for the sugar content in fruit juice and flavored drinks. And watch out for the quantity you are drinking. The label may not have much carbohydrate per 100ml but an average serve is much bigger than 100ml–watch the amount you drink and check out the serving size. People with Diabetes can create your own healthier version of beverages. For example, you can add sugar-free powders drink mixes to plain or sparkling water.
Despite its detractors, milk provides diabetics with a healthy serving of carbohydrate, protein, calcium, vitamins and minerals. When making a healthy eating plan that provides the right amount of nutrients you need, milk is a healthy beverage for you. To make it healthier, skim and low-fat milk are recommended as your first choice.
Some people with Diabetes can safely drink moderate amounts of alcohol, but for others any amount of alcohol intake can have very negative health consequences. Drinking alcohol is a poor choice if Diabetics have any of the following conditions:
Nerve damage in the arms and legs
Diabetic eye disease
High blood pressure
High levels of triglycerides
Alcohol can worsen the above conditions so it is not suggested under those circumstances.
For diabetics who want to lose weight, drinking alcohol is also not a wise choice since alcohol with rich calories can contribute to weight gain. If drinking alcohol is allowed by your doctors, it is essential to have food with alcohol and never drink on an empty stomach. Moreover, it is recommended to limit alcohol intake to one drink for women and two drinks for men.
Meat is not banned for a diabetic diet, but it is essential that the patients consider the type of meat they consume. Turkey and chicken in the Christmas meal is fine, but remove the skin from the bird to reduce the fat content. Roasting the chicken or turkey in traditional method is a wise choice.
People with Diabetics are more susceptible for high blood pressure. When diabetics have combined high blood pressure, they are at greatly increased risks of developing heart diseases. Reducing the intake of sodium and the fat content can help to reduce their chances.
On the Christmas meal, it is better to use herbs and spices on the meat instead of fat and sodium. In a report, it was suggested that reducing sodium consumption by 8.5g a day lowered blood pressure by 7/3 mmHg. Developing healthy dietary help the management of diabetes and reduce long-term complications.
Vegetables are obviously a good choice for anyone who wants to stay healthy, but they offer special advantages for people with diabetes. First of all, they contain high levels of fiber, which helps you to feel full while also helping to control blood sugar levels and prevent heart disease. Vegetables are also low in calories, so they can help diabetics to avoid excessive weight gain as well. Any vegetable is a good choice, but try to reduce starchy foods such as potatoes, sweet potatoes and yams. Focus on non-starchy vegetables such as eggplant, okra, broccolis, spinaches, carrots, celery, tomatoes, cabbages, bean sprouts, turnips, etc.
The vegetables should be eaten fresh, lightly steamed, roasted or grilled. Avoid canned vegetables because they contain large amounts of sodium. Opt for the frozen vegetables instead. Avoid cooking vegetables with added butter, cheese or sauce. Usually non-starchy vegetables contain about 5 g of carbohydrates in 0.5 cup cooked or two cups of raw vegetables. The best vegetables for people with Diabetes include the follows:
Fruits have been known a healthy food choice because of the nutritional benefits. For Diabetics, however, fruit is something that can not be eaten in large quantities because of the natural sugar content. People should choose the low glycemic index (GI) fruits. The best fruits for Diabetics to eat are fresh produce rather than juice since the fiber in the skin, flesh and seeds are lost in the juicing process. Diabetics should try to eat no more than three or four servings of fruit per day to keep their blood sugar levels at a health level.