Help Prevent or Control Diabetes This Thanksgiving

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Healthfinder. Monthly Spotlight   November 2011

Celebrate a Diabetes-Friendly Thanksgiving

November is American Diabetes Month.

Thanksgiving is all about spending time with family...and food!

Eating healthy is key for preventing and controlling type 2 diabetes. If you want to help prevent type 2 diabetes, or if you have loved ones at the table who need to keep their diabetes under control, use these tips to plan a healthy Thanksgiving.

Give thanks for veggies.

  • Have cut-up vegetables with a low-calorie dip for a snack before the big meal.
  • Choose one of these vegetable side dishesExternal Link
  • Non-starchy vegetables like green beans, Brussels sprouts, and carrots are best. Limit starchy vegetables like potatoes, corn, and peas.

Stuff the turkey—not yourself.

  • Leave room for your favorite foods. For example, if stuffing is your favorite, plan to skip the mashed potatoes.
  • Fill half your plate with vegetables and fruits. Choose nutritious foods like turkey and whole-grain bread for the rest.
  • Keep portions of foods high in sodium or saturated fat (like gravy) small. It’s best to avoid saturated fat if you can.

Check out the Quick Guide to Healthy Living for more information about preventing type 2 diabetes.


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