Diabetes Diet For Christmas With a New Twist on Holiday Taste
Diabetes diet for Christmas? I'll tell you what I want for Christmas. What I want for Christmas is peace on earth, goodwill to men and a sprinkling of joy and generosity and some guilt-free food to make my season bright. So let's get ready our perfect Christmas feast, shall we?
In my family, turkey is for Thanksgiving and ham is for Christmas. The ham is the center piece in my family table. The Christmas Spode dishes are set and so are the family heirlooms of Louis XIV silverware and the Waterford glassware. All for the sake of a diabetes diet for Christmas
Shush! Don’t tell anybody, the fruit bowl is delegated in the background and I do something to the ham before baking it that no one else in his right mind does, I think. I won’t tell you now because you will just stop reading and go away so I will leave it up to you to discover yourself the foolish thing I do with my ham.
A Special Glazed Ham for Christmas
- 10-12 pound uncooked ham
- 1/2 cup apricot nectar
- 2 tsp orange rind
- 1 tsp equal or splenda
- 1 tsp mustard seeds
- 2 Tbsp apricot conserve (or jam)
- 2 Tbsp lemon juice
- Remove rind from ham. Place in a pot and pour in a 2-liter diet seven-up. Slow boil until slightly cooked.
- Combine glaze ingredients.
- Place ham in a lightly greased baking dish.
- Put pineapple slices all over the ham and stud with cloves before glazing and baking.
- Brush glaze over ham. Bake in a slow oven (300ºF) for 2 hours. Baste with glaze every 30 minutes. Serve ham warm or cold. Makes 10 to 12 servings.
Here are some tips for Christmas eating:
Does diabetes diet for Christmas give you the chill? There are tips to keep from putting the extra pounds and keeping the blood sugar level happy. What people forget is the holiday dining and stress. Stay active at the same time. The good news is shopping in the mall and getting the house cleaned both count as exercise.
Get a good breakfast every day. Don’t get yourself too hungry before a party or everything will look so delicious. Munch on veggies and low-fat appetizers at the party. Don’t deprive yourself of your favorite foods or you may binge or overindulge as a revenge.
The best way to deal with the diabetes diet for Christmas is to plan ahead. Think of what you will be doing, and drinking. Put your food on a small plate. It will contain less food but will look full. Eat slowly and enjoy every bite. And if it is your party and everybody has finished eating, clear the table so you will not be tempted to eat some leftovers.
When invited to eat out, choose a restaurant with an offering of healthy options. Have the dressing for your salad in a side dish so that you can use only the amount as needed. Have the coffee or tea with fat-free milk. Then eat slowly, very slowly savoring every taste you can. Or try what Dolly Parton does. She orders a hamburger, eats a bite and hands the rest to her assistant to finish. I know, I know, we don’t have an assistant, but give me a C for trying.
As for drinks, try diet lemonade or soft drinks. Choose lite if you must drink beer but never drink alcohol when the stomach is empty. And alcohol should never take the place of food. As for desserts, try the guilt-free goodies like caramel custard that uses low-fat milk, a small slice of gingerbread cake with 1/4 cup of fat-free vanilla ice cream. Limit treat once every two weeks.
Some healthier treats are fruit platter, crackers that are high fiber and low-fat, popcorn without butter, and raw veggie sticks with dip. I wish I had time to put down the recipes for healthy dips. How is that for a diabetes diet for Christmas?
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