AADE Game Day Tips for People with Diabetes

This press release is an announcement submitted by AADE, and was not written by Diabetes Health.

Jan 19, 2011

Despite what many think, diabetes does not have to deter people who have the disease from enjoying Super Bowl Sunday parties along with everyone else, according to the American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE). In fact, managing your diabetes is often an exercise in moderation, more than anything else. With more than 24 million people in the U.S. who have diabetes, this is a very real issue, but there is no reason diabetics can't enjoy the festivities -- and the food -- at Super Bowl parties. The AADE put together the following tips for people with diabetes who want to enjoy the food - but need a little guidance about how to eat smart given all of the Super Bowl food temptations. 

1. Don't run a hurry-up offense when you get to the table:

  • Wait to see all the hors d'oeuvres that are available and then decide to have the two that look the best to you
  • Pick the most healthful choices-shrimp cocktail, meat or vegetable skewers, and sushi
  • Survey the entire table before you take any food. Decide what foods are worth eating and what can be ignored, and then stick to that decision. Why waste calories on foods that don't bring you pleasure?

2. Play the fundamentals of the game:

  • Fill an appetizer plate with your favorite vegetables and enjoy
  • Take a small spoonful of dip or skip it entirely
  • At the buffet, concentrate on vegetables and greens; make lean proteins and starches your smallest portions
  • Select chicken, meat, fish, or pork that is broiled, grilled, roasted, or seared

3. Don't play on an empty stomach:

  • Eat a snack before you leave home. If you arrive at a party hungry, you'll be more likely to overindulge

4. Do an end-run around the bread and rolls:

  • Save your calories, so you can later enjoy other foods that are more nutritious

5. Stay hydrated so you can make the big plays:

  • Eat your calories instead of drinking them. Stick to lower calorie or calorie-free drinks
  • Sip a large glass of water between every alcoholic drink. This will help keep you hydrated and you'll drink fewer calories by the end of the night.

6. Don't eat like a line backer

  • Drop out of the "clean plate club". Leave a few bites behind every time you eat, especially if you are eating something you don't really care for
  • Enjoy your favorite treats but take a small portion
  • Watch your portion sizes. Don't cover your plate completely with food. In most cases, especially when it comes to party sweets and alcoholic beverages, less is better

7. Go for the extra points:

  • Allow yourself to have a piece of cake, decadent chocolate, or a delicious pastry-factored into healthful eating and living, you can include these as part of a good diet
  • Taste a few bites of your dessert; if it is not delicious, do not eat the whole thing anyway

If you have any questions about diet or nutrition related to diabetes, please visit www.diabeteseducator.org 


Click Here To View Or Post Comments

Categories: Diabetes, Diabetes, Food, Inspiration, Pre-Diabetes, Type 1 Issues, Type 2 Issues

Take the Diabetes Health Pump Survey
See What's Inside
Read this FREE issue now
For healthcare professionals only
  • 12th Annual Product Reference Guide
  • Insulin Syringe Chart
  • Insulin Pen Needles Chart
  • Fast-Acting Glucose
  • Sharps Disposal
  • Blood Glucose Meters Chart
  • Insulin Pumps Chart
See the entire table of contents here!

You can view the current or previous issues of Diabetes Health online, in their entirety, anytime you want.
Click Here To View

See if you qualify for our free healthcare professional magazines. Click here to start your application for Pre-Diabetes Health, Diabetes Health Pharmacist and Diabetes Health Professional.

Learn More About the Professional Subscription

Free Diabetes Health e-Newsletter

Top Rated
Print | Email | Share | Comments (1)

You May Also Be Interested In...

Click Here To View Or Post Comments

Comments 1 comment - Jan 19, 2011

©1991-2015 Diabetes Health | Home | Privacy | Press | Advertising | Help | Contact Us | Donate | Sitemap

Diabetes Health Medical Disclaimer

The information on this site is not intended or implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. All content, including text, graphics, images, and information, contained on or available through this website is for general information purposes only. Opinions expressed here are the opinions of writers, contributors, and commentators, and are not necessarily those of Diabetes Health. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay seeking medical treatment because of something you have read on or accessed through this website.