By Marjorie Gordon-DeLee, MA
Those individuals diagnosed with diabetes, as myself, must make a plan to maintain their health during this holiday season that is rapidly approaching.
Of course, this is not an easy undertaking to accomplish. It does take lots of willpower and determination to stay true to keeping your over-all health at the forefront of your mind during this festive joyful season of the year.
With all of these delicious Soul Food main course dishes:
- Macaroni and Cheese
- Collard Greens & Smoked Ham Hocks
- Southern Style Green Beans
- Southern Style Mashed Potatoes
- Southern Style Potato Salad
- Sweet Potato Pie
- Apple Pie
- Southern Style Candied Yams
- Cornbread Dressing
- Dirty Rice
- Fried Okra
- Fried ChickenAs well as all of the delicious desserts that we must contend with, which are hard to resist when they are directly in our faces the entire time because they are in such abundance:• Banana Pudding (one of my favorites)
• Buttered Pound Cake
• Red Velvet Cake and cupcakes
• Pecan Pie
• Pumpkin Pie
• Chocolate Cake
• Coconut Pie
• Lemon Meringue Pie
• Bourbon Balls
We must heed to all of this temptation that will most definitely surround us at every juncture in our path during this holiday season:
• Be it at work during the course of the day when co-workers has this strong desire to share some love by baking or preparing their special dishes, and placing these dishes in the breakroom at work.
• At home, as we prepare these specialty dishes for the Christmas or Thanksgiving gatherings at work or the special dishes we are preparing for some other event, we must not succumb to taste testing these dishes to the extent of overindulging.
• At office parties and other holiday festivities that will certainly be taking place during this celebratory time of the year when everyone is taking small plates and engaging in the taste testing of several desserts, which add up to huge calories and extra pounds gained.
• Finally, at the actual Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner or at the New Year’s Eve celebration that we tapper off the last months of 2017 eating, drinking, and plain old celebrating in our most traditional customs.
Please visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website and read their article on “5 Healthy Eating Tips for the Holidays”. This article provides some great holiday tips to help maintain your health during this season.
See Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; “5 Healthy Eating Tips for the Holidays”