"˜Tis the season of eating. What should I do?

Fruit on heart shaped plate

Join McLaren Macomb's department of nutrition and diabetes education in bringing awareness to the disease during November and American Diabetes Month.

Halloween marks the kickoff to the holiday eating season. In less than a month, Thanksgiving will be upon us, which launches the holiday party circuit that will last the rest of the year, leading to guilt for some and increased gym-time to lose that added weight for others in the New Year.

Instead of taking the reactive approach of a New Year's weight loss resolution, approach the season with the mindset that you are going to avoid the weight gain entirely with these proactive approaches.

Have a small snack before a party
Avoid attending parties on an empty stomach. Holiday gatherings tend to be catered with heavier, traditional and seasonal favorites, sweets and other guilty pleasures. Avoid overeating by having a snack of fruits and veggies before.

Alcohol calories count
No matter how diligent we count calories from food, it's easy for forget all of the added calories from spirits and other alcoholic beverages. Track your drinks and stay hydrated with glasses of water when at a gathering.

Stay active
Jump start your New Year's resolution by staying active at the gym or even at home with stay-at-home exercises. If you're already staying active, try doubling down by exercising more often, using more weight or running/biking a little longer.

Strength in numbers
When attending a party, tell people you are trying to keep the weight off by avoiding the sweets and heavier catered items. So when your resolve to lay off that second helping of pie or "just a few more cookies" disappears, supporters will be there to help you remain diligent.

McLaren Macomb's department of nutrition and diabetes education is available to help all patients who might be aided by nutritional counseling.

Appointments are covered by most insurances. A recent diagnosis is not required to meet with the professionals at the Outpatient Nutritional Counseling & Diabetes Center. For more information, or to schedule an appointment, call (586) 493-8500.