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  1. Andrea
    Andrea November 21, 2008 at 12:10 pm |

    My strategy is to get to table early and fill my plate with low carb items, i.e. shrimp, cheeses, veggies and dip, etc. I also indulge in a glass of dry wine which makes me feel that I am doing something special for the holidays. This takes the edge off of my appetite and fills me up. I am then not tempted by the starches and sweets.

  2. Kelly K
    Kelly K November 21, 2008 at 1:09 pm |

    I have had those chocolates – they are a gift from the heavens! YUMMY

    My strategy is to load up on veggies and dip and proteins like scallops wrapped in bacon etc. I have to be careful of the cheese and fruit platter, because I know the power that cheese has over me!
    As far as drinks – Red wine works, but I also love vodka with club soda and lime. I get my Vodka & am able to rehydrate and at the same time ;)
    I try to indulge in dark chocolate treats for dessert because like you stated in your post – it’s chock full of good stuff and I’ve learned to prefer it over milk chocolate.
    But my most important strategy – I t enjoy the moment of celebrating with my friends and family and make the focus on them – not the food. Life gets so hectic and our time together is short – I want savor every moment I have with them!

  3. Debbie
    Debbie November 21, 2008 at 1:47 pm |

    I pick low carb items and 1 higher carb item. Just pick one item to indulge in and stay away from the others.

  4. meg
    meg November 21, 2008 at 4:34 pm |

    Who picks the prizes for the weekly winners? And by that I mean, who will win the chocolate??

  5. dicus
    dicus November 21, 2008 at 5:21 pm |

    I always like cooking for the family when we get together, so my strategy is to host the party and do most of the cooking so I know what I can and cannot eat. Also, I ask my friends and relatives, if they are making things, to send me the recipes. That way I can see what is in them. If the recipe does not have nutritional information, I enter them into a program like Living Cookbook, which lets me estimate carb info.

    As to avoiding cookies, candies, cakes, pies, stuffing, chocolates, bread, cheesecake, sweet potatoes, mashed potatoes, cinnamon rolls, yule logs, egg nog, toffee, caramel corn, and candy canes…I have no idea. None.

  6. June S.
    June S. November 21, 2008 at 8:12 pm |

    If I am able to do so, I head off to the gym for an hour, or go for a long walk, before going to any holiday party.

    I like to fill up on low-carb veggies with dip, while drinking a glass of white wine (that I make last a VERY long time!) Cheese usually hits the spot, too, but I go easy on the crackers. I use my pump to bolus for crackers, and I am sure to use the square wave bolus to deliver the insulin over 30 minutes’ time. Seltzer water is what I drink after finishing that first glass of wine, since one glass is all I allow myself per day.

    I do enjoy cookies – that is my favorite “bad” food – but I have learned to let just a few (3 small cookies – the buttery kind with more fat than sugar) satisfy my appetite for sweets. The square wave bolus works well for cookies, too, since all that fat makes the carbs absorb slowly. When one does not indulge often, a little bit of dessert goes a long way!

  7. MoHo
    MoHo November 21, 2008 at 11:19 pm |

    CGM and dance baby, boogie!

  8. dan 2
    dan 2 November 22, 2008 at 9:39 am |

    Anyone hosting a party can always use help. There objective is to have friends and a good time. So, how can I help? I bring a veggie tray with the lowest carb dip. Do not go to a party hungry and check mealtime and shot schedule. I use a pump so this challenge has been removed. Sugar and salt will bring a reason to “eat more”. When eating some chips it helps to follow with the celery, water, coffee, etc., to remove the salt and sugar from the mouth. Hope this helps and have a great holiday season.

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