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Tips for a diabetes-friendly Valentine's Day
Valentine's Day is right around the corner and the sweet treats that tag along can be dangerous for the nearly 26 million Americans with type 2 diabetes. Dining out this Valentine's Day? Try these tips.
Avoid sauces: Sauces often contain excessive amounts of butter, oil, cream and sodium. If a sauce is cream or butter based, it probably has a high amount of saturated fats and calories. Don't be afraid to ask your server how the dish is prepared.
Save room for dessert: A lot of restaurants offer seasonal fresh fruit plates, sorbet or frozen yogurt. Sugar content in sorbet and frozen yogurt varies, so just make sure to control portion sizes. If you're a choco-holic, try sharing the dessert with a friend.
Watch portions: Restaurant portion sizes can be double or triple the size of a normal meal. When ordering your meal ask for a half or lunch size portion or have your server package part of your dish to go before it even arrives at the table.
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10 holiday survival tips if you have diabetes
1. Maintain your schedule. If you overeat, trying to catch up by skipping a meal afterward may cause you to overeat when you have your next meal or if a snack is available. It's important to eat, exercise and take your diabetes and other medications about the same time as you usually do.
2. Check your blood sugar frequently. If you are taking insulin or medications that lower your blood sugar, check your blood sugar more frequently during the holidays.
3. Budget your sweets and treats. To keep your blood sugars from skyrocketing, include sweets and treats as part of your carbohydrate budget - not in addition to.
4. Watch your alcohol intake. Moderate alcohol intake can have a blood sugar lowering effect so don't drink on an empty stomach. The amounts of calories and sugars vary significantly among drinks so it can be useful to search nutrition information about your favorite drinks. Recommendations for alcohol use for those with diabetes are no more than one drink per day for women and no more than two per day for men.
5. Download mobile tools. You can download mobile apps to your phone, including apps that help you count carbohydrates or certain fishes and let you know how much insulin you need to take.
6. Order smart in restaurants. Ask for options with less saturated fat, fried food and sugars.
7. Cook light, healthy dishes to take with you to parties. There are delicious, diabetes-friendly recipes that you can bring to holiday parties.
8. Be party smart. Enjoy vegetable-based appetizers and then meat or cheese appetizers. Stay hydrated and reach for water or club soda with a lime or lemon twist.
9. Stay active. If you can't stick to your usual exercise program, do some fun activity with family or friends.
10. Remember the reason for the season. Put the focus on family and friends, not on food.
Learn more at https://health.clevelandclinic.org/10-holiday-survival-tips-if-you-have-diabetes-2/.