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Managing diabetes can be an ongoing struggle for so many people. Then the holidays hit, and temptations are everywhere. By following essential care tips for diabetes, such as exercising regularly, following a balanced meal plan, monitoring your blood sugar levels regularly, taking medications as prescribed and keeping your appointments with your doctor, you can prevent complications from this disease. So how do we manage to do all this when there is a big holiday meal in the oven and yummy hors-d’oeuvres set out?

Keep to your regular eating schedule – to ensure your blood sugar levels are stable, try not to change up the times you eat. If a family meal is served at a less optimal time, have a snack at your regular mealtime to keep your body in check.

Carbohydrates – No one wants to miss out on the pie at the end of the meal, but if you choose to eat a lot of mashed potatoes, you will likely have to miss out on that great dessert. Keep the total amount of carbs at a safe level so you can enjoy a treat.

Portion sizes – make sure and balance those portion sizes so you don’t overdo it. Vegetables are always in the safe zone.

Slow down – eating slowly can help your body tell you when you are actually full and keep you from overeating

Watch alcohol intake – alcohol can greatly affect your blood sugar levels, so it’s best to keep it to a minimum or avoid it altogether

Check blood sugar levels more frequently – better safe than sorry. If your routine is different, it’s best to check often.

Keep moving – what better way to offset a big meal than by exercise. Plus, it helps stabilize your blood sugar, so keep that body moving.

Everyone has slip ups, so don’t beat yourself up if that’s you. You can get back on track!

Try these healthy recipes this holiday season: