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article imageSugar and alcohol during the holidays Special

By W. Mark Dendy     Dec 23, 2013 in Food
If there is one thing I love about the holidays, it is all the sweets laid out on bright colored trays and dishes. And if there is one thing I despise at the holidays, it is that tempting desire to try every last one.
With plenty of parties from now until the New Year and beyond, what is the best way to approach the sugar laden snacks and alcoholic beverages that seem to call our names?
I spoke with Gwen Morehouse, a Clinical Health Educator, about this dilemma that many face. She said, “Planning and thinking ahead” will help conquer the sweet tooth and tendency to overindulge.
“Going to a party with a plan” we help with willpower she said tand “bringing a healthy dish such as a veggie tray” will help you guard against violating those self-imposed goals.
If you are prediabetic or diabetic it is extremely important to watch your eating habits. There are many factors that can increase risk for diabetes too. You can find out your risk for diabetes by taking this simple test.
The American Diabetes Association provides a list of seven tips for enjoying the holidays and the food in a healthy fashion:
1. Focus on friends and family instead of food.
2. It’s a party, but don't overdo it.
3. Eat before you eat.
4. Bring what you like. 
5. Drink in moderation.
6. Stay active.
7. If you overindulge, get back on track.
Each of the seven tips is expounded upon on this tip sheet.
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