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If you’re taking part in food preparation, cut down on sugar and increase your use of cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla and other sweet-tasting spices. You could replace half the fat in your brownie, cake and cookie recipes by using apple sauce or baby-food prunes. Use fresh lemon or lime juice on steamed vegetables, pasta or salads. Use onion or garlic to add flavor to meats and vegetables. In place of sour cream, use non-fat plain yogurt. Substitute olive oil for butter or margarine. You might also use light mayonnaise or a combination of light mayo with non-fat plain yogurt.

This is the year you’re doing it: eating properly while enjoying the holidays.


The holiday season is upon us, and with the festivities comes time for renewed effort on the part of the person with diabetes – to eat within the guidelines but still celebrate. The same advice could be given to every American. Twenty-two million Americans eat turkey at Thanksgiving and Christmas. Eating turkey isn’t the problem; it’s the array of delicacies also on the table for the meal. Drinks and snacks are presented at parties. Christmas candy waits at work and cookies must be baked for the children and guests. All of these are temptations for a person with diabetes. So what can you do to minimize the damage?


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) offers the following advice:


SENSIBLE HOLIDAY FEASTING

JEAN JEFFERS

Jean is an RN with an MSN from University of Cincinnati. She is a staff writer for Living Well 60+ and Health & Wellness magazines. Her blog may be seen on her website at www.normajan.naiwe.com She wishes you a very Merry Christmas and many blessings for the New Year.

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The American Diabetic Association offers these tips for managing your sweet tooth at this time of year, when temptations abound: