Summer Snacking – Managing Blood Glucose During Parties
As April comes to a close, the summer season is fast approaching which means warm weather, sweet drinks, pool parties and barbecues! So you might also be thinking “how I’m going to manage my blood glucose during all the parties, reunions, graduations, and general gatherings"? Let’s see if I can help with that question.
Here’s the challenge: It is incredibly difficult to manage your food intake when you are distracted by the excitement and by socializing, and, at the same time, surrounded by food and drink. The impulse to eat is simply too strong to put “on hold” while you try and make food decisions. Here’s the solution – make your eating decisions in advance!
I know that sounds awkward, but give it a try. If you’re hosting a party yourself, make sure you provide healthy snacks and drinks for yourself, and make sure the snacks can make something like an actual meal. If you’re going elsewhere you can take your own food, or you can ask what will be available so you can decide what you’ll have before you’re there, dazed and confused by all of the food and drink. I know this may seem like giving up a little spontaneity, but spending some time thinking ahead will pay off. At the very least you can avoid “overdosing” on carbohydrates, which has an immediate effect on blood glucose.
In general terms, watch out for pizza, chips and crackers, sweets, and mixed drinks. Go for cheeses, chicken wings (without sweet glaze), nuts, and vegetables (maybe for dipping spinach artichoke dip) – you might go a little past your ideal calorie and fat goals, but your blood glucose should be manageable.
Plan ahead and before the party, barbecue, graduation, or baseball game even starts you’ll know that your diabetes is in good hands!
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