It’s the season of sweets and treats, candy canes and eggnog, and it can be hard to resist the Holiday delights at parties. Because sugar is an addictive substance, the more sugar you eat, the more you crave it! For those living with diabetes, ensuring your sugar intake is controlled and blood sugar levels remain within the normal range is especially important, but we can all avoid the sugar crash this season with a few simple tips and tricks.
Eat your fats
Healthy fats, that is! Healthy, whole food fats not only keep your appetite in check, but they can also lower your blood sugar levels and speed up your metabolism. A few great sources of healthy fats include nuts, fatty fishes (like salmon), avocados, cheese, whole eggs, chia seeds, coconut oil, and/or extra virgin olive oil.
Say “no” to added sugars
Want something sweet? Try reaching for a piece of fruit for a naturally sweet treat, or incorporate roasted root vegetables into your meals to help you satisfy your sweet tooth without hitting the dessert table. Roasted parsnips, sweet potatoes, or beets are great options that pair nicely with turkey or ham, and are sure to impress! Try seasoning with rosemary for an extra flavour kick.
Eat a healthy snack before you go to a party or event
Avoid overindulging in sugar-y (or calorie-heavy) foods by enjoying a healthy snack before you head to your party to curb your appetite. A handful of walnuts, a small salad, yogurt with fruit and chia seeds, or a few pieces of cheese can help keep your blood sugar levels stable – meaning you’re less likely to reach for sugar-y snacks once you arrive.
Drink lots of water
Did you know thirsty signals are often confused with hunger pangs? It’s true! Keeping well-hydrated is always important, but drinking a glass of water before a meal can also help you eat less overall by making you feel more full. If you’re drinking sugary beverages, be sure to drink one glass of water for each to help flush those sugars out (especially if alcohol is involved).
Allow yourself to enjoy in moderation
Whether it’s Grandma’s Christmas pudding, peanut butter balls, or a glass of wine – allowing yourself to enjoy your favourite holiday treat in moderation is important. Choose your “must have” treat and savour it.
Do you have a favourite holiday food? Share it (or better yet, a recipe!) in the comments below.