Holiday Meal Planning from the American Diabetic Association

November 26, 2017

Holidays can be a time of great anxiety for people with diabetes because it is so focused on food.

Don't let questions about what to eat, how much to eat, and meal timing dampen your holiday. Plan in advance, so you can fend off stress and fully enjoy the day and keep your diabetes management on track.

Think About the Timing of Your Meal

Many families eat large meals at odd times on holidays. For example, Thanksgiving dinner may be served in the middle of the afternoon. Plan in advance for how you will handle making changes if your meal does not line up with your regular meal schedule.

If you take insulin hormone that helps the body use glucose for energy. The beta cells of the pancreas make insulin. When the body cannot make enough insulin, it is taken by injection or through use of an insulin pump.X injections or a pill that lowers blood glucose. The food you eat gets digested and broken down into a sugar your body's cells can use. This is glucose, one of the simplest forms of sugar.X, you may need to have a snack at your normal meal time to prevent a low blood glucosethe main sugar found in the blood and the body's main source of energy. Also called blood sugar.X reaction. Check with your health care team about this.

Be Physically Active

The best way to compensate for eating a little more than usual is to be active. Start a new tradition that involves moving around away from the food.

Ideas include taking a walk with the whole family or playing Frisbee, soccer, or touch football with your children, grandchildren, or the neighborhood kids.

Try Healthier Versions of Your Favorite Holiday Foods

1. Will the casserole taste just as good with fatone of the three main nutrients in food. Foods that provide fat are butter, margarine, salad dressing, oil, nuts, meat, poultry, fish and some dairy products

2. Excess calories are stored as body fat, providing the body with a reserve supply of energy and other functions.X-free or light sour cream instead of regular? Can you steam green beans instead of sautéing in butter?

3. Use a little less sugar in your fruit pie. The natural sweet of the fruit doesn’t require a lot of added sugar1. A class of carbohydrates with a sweet taste, including glucose, fructose and sucrose. 2. A term used to refer to blood glucose.X.

4. Check out our recipes or search online or healthier versions of your healthier foods.


Have foods to nibble on while you are cooking or waiting to eat.

Make sure the foods you choose won't sabotage blood glucose levels before the meal. Bring a platter of raw or blanched veggies with your favorite low-caloriea unit representing the energy provided by food. Carbohydrate, protein, fat and alcohol provide calories in the diet. Carbohydrate and protein have 4 calories per gram, fat has 9 calories per gram, and alcohol has 7 calories per gram.X dip or have a few small pieces of low-fat cheese.

Don’t indulge on high-calorie or fried appetizers.