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Sage Advice on Holiday Eating:
Eat and Drink in Moderation and Be Merry in Excess!

They say the average American gains over ten pounds between Thanksgiving and New Year's every year. That's a lot of stuffing, kringles and fruitcake, baby! And we have a hunch - although no one's done the research as far as we know - that in people with diabetes, the average blood sugar goes up about 50 points over that same risky period of time. Most of the good advice that's offered to the general public about avoiding the pitfalls of the holidays without ruining your good time applies equally to folks with diabetes. For example:

And here's the "Be Merry In Excess" part. Sit down for a few minutes and think about what makes the holidays special for YOU: the traditions, activities, decorations and people that give the Holidays meaning and enjoyment. Food is a big part of that for most people, but it's not the only thing. Plan get togethers around activities instead of just around food whenever possible. Have singing at the party, take a walking "Christmas lights" tour, rent holiday videos, or play games. If you're getting your holiday enjoyment in MANY ways, it will help put the special foods in perspective. Slow down and enjoy the season. Give yourself some quiet time. Focus on people - whether it's your own family and friends or helping out at the homeless shelter or food bank. The warm feelings of the holidays have more to do with connecting with and giving joy to others than with "too much" - whether it's too much eating, too much spending, or too much stress.

We wish you a holiday season full of warmth and good cheer!

Holiday Carb Counts (* high fat foods)

Appetizers and DipsCarb PortionsGrams of Carbohydrate
Raw vegetables0 
*Sour cream dip0 
*Cocktail franks0 
Snack crackers, 6115 grams
Chips, 1 oz115 grams
Mini eggrolls, 3116 grams
Fruit bread (like banana), slice227 grams
Oyster stew, 1 cup1/26 grams
Eggnog, 1 cup234 grams
Main Meal FoodsCarb PortionsGrams of Carbohydrate
*Bread stuffing, 1/2 cup117 grams
Grits, 1/2 cup227 grams
Black eyed peas, 1/2 cup120 grams
Long grain & wild rice, 1/2 cup120 grams
Mashed potatoes, 1/2 cup116 grams
Sweet potatoes, 1/2 cup1 1/222 grams
*Tamales, small115 grams
Cranberry sauce, 1/4 cup114 grams
Dinner rolls, 1 small115 grams
Au jus0 
Gravy, 1/2 cup1/212 grams
Plantain, 1/2 cup115 grams
SweetsCarb PortionsGrams of Carbohydrate
Frosted sugar cookies, 1 med.116 grams
Pumpkin pie, 1/8 pie119 grams
Mincemeat pie, 1/8 pie234 grams
Whipped cream, 2 Tbs.0< 5 grams
Baklava, 2"X2"232 grams
Pannetone, 1 slice117 grams
Almond Roca, 1 oz119 grams
Fudge, 1 oz.1 1/223 grams
Chocolate kisses, 6117 grams

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Last Updated: Thursday August 29, 2002 21:04:28
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