Registered Dietitian Mary Beth Russell with the Avera Heart Hospital.
The Holidays usually means endless food trays at work, going to a number of holiday parties and that can add up to consuming a lot more calories than we should. If you have diabetes, all the food can spell trouble for your health. Nancy Naeve Brown asked a registered dietitian at the Avera Heart Hospital for some advice.
Registered Dietitian Mary Beth Russell at the Avera Heart Hospital says, "The general guidelines and our number one concern is overeating for all people when it comes to our health and well being, but especially for people with diabetes their blood sugar goes up. I really think the most important things to remind you when you are looking at a big huge table full of food is to number one be mindful of how many calories may be drinking. Make sure if you are going to eat something you eat your calories instead of drinking them. Instead opt for water instead of things with a lot of sugar.
Q: But what if you do want a Holiday beverage, what do you suggest?
A: I'd say if you want alcohol, red wine.
Q: Just one glass?
A: Yes. 6 ounces. You can't save them all up for the end of the week.
Q: What suggestions do you have to avoid grazing at the food table?
A: Always, always use a plate because you will eat less. The smaller the plate the better it will lead you toward healthier options.
Q: That's hard though.
A: It is, but I think when you have special foods you need to pick the protein foods it's easier on your body less impact on your blood sugar. Things like meatballs, nuts. Choose items with more protein than carbohydrate."