All diabetics can celebrate the holidays without being afraid for their health

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Gloria Cabral, Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist with Care Resource 

Holidays are almost here and Care Resource wants to remind the South Florida community that you can enjoy Thanksgiving and the holiday season without gaining weight and without facing other medical problems. Diabetics, for example, should pay more attention to what they are eating during holidays.

The holiday season could be a hard one for you if you are a diabetic because temptations are everywhere. Lots of foods, cakes, cookies and all kinds of sweets were chosen either to test your will or spite you. It doesn’t matter where you are, at work, home or at different parties, you are lured everywhere and sometimes you’ll feel that you have no escape.

Before you decide to give everyone a piece of coal and hibernate through the holidays, you should know that being diabetic doesn’t mean you have to give up your favorite seasonal foods.

Managing diabetes is more complicated than simply avoiding sugar. For instance, other carbohydrates – like a serving of mashed potatoes – can affect your blood sugar levels as much as a candy bar. Your Registered Dietitian can tell you how many servings of carbohydrates you should be eating daily and you can stick to that. Although some carbohydrates are better for you than others, it’s the total number of carbohydrates that counts and not the form you’re eating them in. Fat, which abounds in holiday cooking, should also be kept to a minimum. As at any time of the year, you should be eating a healthy, balanced diet low in saturated fat, moderate in carbohydrates and protein, and high in fruits and vegetables, said Gloria Cabral, Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist with Care Resource

When grocery shopping, always check the serving size first. All the information on the label is based on the serving size. Many packages contain more than 1 serving.  For example, the serving size for spaghetti is most often 2 ounces uncooked, or 1 cup cooked. If you eat 2 cups at a meal, you are eating 2 servings. That is 2 times the amount of the calories, fats, and other items listed on the label. By planning carefully with your Care Resource provider, you can make healthy habit that lasts a lifetime. Visit us at careresource.org and make Care Resource YOUR medical home – Bill Krantz, Physician Assistant, Care Resource

With a little effort and preparation, you’ll be ready to face the holidays. Diabetics don’t have to disrupt their diet because of the meals and traditions.

If you are diabetics or not, you can join the Care Resource family and let them help you with the absolute best opportunity for a long, healthy, productive life. Working together with this team of professionals will help you maximize good health and help you along your healthcare journey. The level of personal attention, at every level of the Care Resource experience not only sets them apart, but it also sets you on the fast track to better health.

Most services at Care Resource’s offices are provided on a sliding fee scale. With a sliding scale, the fees are reduced for those who have lower incomes or less money to spare after their personal expenses, regardless of income or the ability for you to pay.

About Care Resource

Care Resource is a 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization and a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) with locations in Miami-Dade and Broward counties. Care Resource provides comprehensive primary medical and preventive care, including dental care, in-house pharmacy services and behavioral health/substance abuse services to all individuals in South Florida’s diverse communities.

For more information, please visit www.careresource.org, or call 305.576.1234.