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Happy Holidays!

This week, I received the following question from http://foodpicker.org

I have diabetes and this time of year is the toughest for me.  It seems holiday treats/sweets are everywhere tempting me!  Is it ok to indulge a little?  If not, how can I build up enough will power to avoid holiday sweets? -Annie T.

The holiday season can wreak havoc on even the most dedicated dieter’s waistline if he is not careful. Cookies, cakes, pies, and casseroles are everywhere waiting to be enjoyed.

To answer your first question, yes it is alright to indulge a little during the holiday season. However, that does not mean that you can have a bite of every cake, a taste of every cookie, and every casserole. You must make wise decisions, and leave yourself a little room for indulgence.

On Christmas day, let yourself have a little sliver of pie. It isn’t necessary to have an entire slab though. When eating Christmas dinner, eat everything in moderation. Fill up at least half of your plate with vegetables. They will fill you up, and they are great for your diet. If your family eats turkey for their holiday meal, choose white meat instead of the dark meat. If you must have casserole, choose only one kind out of the plethora on the dinner table and eat it in moderation. There are ways to enjoy all of the delicious foods of the holiday season. Remember, moderation is key.

Don’t go overboard. If you must indulge, do it. No harm done. Just remember to balance out the rest of your diet for the day. Don’t let yourself go crazy for one day and think there will be no repercussions. Keep your diet balanced and you will be greatly rewarded.

Happy Holidays!

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