It’s the end of summer and I thought I would take a break from my regular blog schedule and talk about how to enjoy a holiday barbecue without going overboard.
I’m very strict when it comes to my weekly meals and snacks, so in the summer I enjoy a few family barbecues. I eat some foods that aren’t part of my diet. Burgers, hot dogs, potato salad, chips and maybe a real cupcake for dessert. I figure one day won’t kill me to enjoy these foods in moderation.
If you have a burger or two, try eating one with a bun and one without. The same can be said for hot dogs. When you have some potato salad, have one or two portions, not five. Don’t eat a whole bag of chips, or three or four cupcakes. Bring fresh fruit along as an alternative dessert and eat some veggies during your meal. A salad with low fat dressing is a good choice. Portion control is the key.
Make sure you resume your regular diet the next day. It’s hard to watch what you eat during any holiday, but your friends and family will understand if you don’t pig out during a cookout. Let them know that’s all about indulging a little more than usual ,without going overboard. My family and friends have been so supportive to me. Diabetes can hurt you in so many ways, so don’t let a holiday cookout make you revert to bad habits. Enjoy responsibly! Have a safe holiday weekend!
Next week I will talk more about my successes and setbacks as a diabetic. Stay healthy!