Tips courtesy of the AADE
1. Don't play on an empty stomach.
Eat a small, balanced meal or snack before you leave home for the game. If you arrive at a party hungry, you'll be more likely to overindulge.
2. Examine the playing field.
Study all of the selections, and think about what you are going to have before you put anything on your plate. If you taste something that you don't enjoy, leave it on your plate-don't finish it!
3. Focus on the fundamentals.
4. Stay hydrated.
Stick to calorie-free drinks so that you can eat your calories, instead of drinking them. Drink only moderate amounts of alcohol (2 drinks for men, 1 drink for women).
5. Go for the extra point!
Before the game, play your own game of flag football, or participate in some other type of physical activity. Regular exercise is key to managing your diabetes. If you ate more carbs or more food in general than you planned for during the game, shake it off. Don't replay the error; instead, make a plan to get back on track and stick to it.
Published January 31, 2012.