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Living with Diabetes and still enjoying Barbecues

How to create your plate so that you can eat healthily and still enjoy this outdoor fun activity.

On your plate, the largest portion should take up 50% of the plate and filled with non-starchy vegetables such as lettuce, spinach, broccoli, cauliflower, peppers and tomatoes. The other half of the plate should be divided in two and filled on one side with grains and starchy foods like potatoes, pasta etc. the other half with protein –

Before you start to create your plate, take some time to look at all the foods available so you can focus on the healthier options first. When you fill your plate, be sure your serving of food is no more than two inches high. Most cookouts last several hours, so pay attention to the time and try to eat within an hour of your typical mealtime.

When choosing the meat make sure it has no skin or breading. I there is skin on the meat just take it off before eating – this will lower your fat content. Good choices in meat are chicken, turkey, fish; you can also bring your own burger meat that is very lean. You can still have hot dogs, ribs even though they are high in fat just make sure you take smaller portions – a good way to measure is equal to the size of the palm of your hand or 3-4 ounces.

Consider grilling kabobs. To keep your protein portions controlled, alternate one small piece of the total meat serving with three servings of non-starchy vegetables and then repeat. The mixture of the two adds bulk and the meat and vegetable juices make for a flavorful dish.

What to drink

The best choice is water, but you could add flavour to it with a slice of lemon. There is also diet or sugar-free beverages. Adult beverages should be taken in moderation and never on an empty stomach. Just keep in mind that sometimes barbecues can contain high sugar, salt, fat and calories in the foods being served. Just remember to keep your portions under control and with the physical activities that are almost always part of the day’s event you can have a lot of fun and eat well at the same time!

Managing Diabetes with MediSure

For people with either type of diabetes, regular glucose testing is essential. MediSure Canada offers everything you need to stay on top of your glucose management. If you find taking your sugar reading painful, there are other options. For example, the Genteel lancing device can painlessly extract a single drop of blood for quick, easy testing.

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