Millions of Americans will soon be viewing the big game, eating, drinking and socializing. And, many of these fans and partygoers are people who have diabetes, or are at risking of developing diabetes. Game day parties for these people can be challenging.
The traditional game day menus are loaded with unhealthy temptations that are high in fat, sugar and possibly alcohol. These foods represent serious risks for people with diabetes. But experts at the American Association of Diabetes Educators say that there are simple measures for people with diabetes to take so that they can enjoy the game safely.
- Eat a small, balanced meal or snack before you leave home for the game. If you arrive at a party hungry, you’ll be more likely to overindulge
- Choose raw vegetables – such as broccoli, baby carrots, cauliflower and tomatoes that are usually on the buffet table – take only a spoonful of dip or skip it entirely
- Choose lean proteins that are not breaded or fried. Select chicken, veggie or lean turkey burgers, or baked vegetarian beans
- Take only a small portion of cheese – 1 oz is approximately 5-7 small cubes
- Take chips and crackers out of the package and put a small portion on the plate
- If you want a chicken wing or piece of pizza take a small portion, but fill up on the healthier foods first
- Check your blood glucose before mealtime and as needed
- Sit away from the food
- Stick to calorie-free drinks, eat your calories instead of drinking them. Limit your alcohol intake, 2 drinks for men, 1 drink for women.
- Take a walk at halftime and after the game. Even moderate amounts of exercise can help stabilize blood glucose levels
Enjoy the game!
“There is no reason for people with diabetes to avoid game day parties and events and not enjoy them to the fullest,”
What are you having to eat during the game? Any tips you would like to share to stay healthy during times like this??