Food—it’s one of the most highly-anticipated parts of the holiday season.
From savory side dishes and tureens of turkey, to pumpkin and peppermint-packed desserts, nothing screams celebration more than a fully-laden dinner table.
Unfortunately, some of the season’s most delectable delights can cause problems for people with chronic health concerns affected by diet, such as diabetes, arthritis and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).
Katherine Downes, a dietician for the Visiting Nurse Service of New York, a national home and community-based health care agency, says that people with dietary restrictions shouldn’t have to sacrifice taste for safety—especially during the holidays.
She offers her advice for keeping feasts flavorful when dealing with diet-sensitive health issues:
Arthritis: There are countless cuisines rumored to be beneficial for people suffering from arthritis pain, but Downes suggests focusing on foods high in omega-3 fatty acids (for reducing inflammation), as well as vitamin D and calcium, which—when taken together—may enhance cartilage function. To cover all three bases in one meal, she suggests noshing on baked salmon marinated in a cranberry glaze sauce and adding a side dish of broccoli sprinkled with low-fat cheese.
Diabetes: Gluttonous feasts are synonymous with the holiday season but, if you have, overindulgence is a no-no, says Downes. To prevent dangerous, energy-draining fluctuations in blood sugar, eat regular snack throughout the day. Make sure you maintain the recommended diabetes diet by sticking to healthy carbohydrates: vegetables, fruits, whole grains and legumes. For a sweet dish that won’t spike your sugar levels, try cinnamon-spiced quinoa with baked butternut squash and almonds.
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Holiday Meal Tips for People With Dietary Restrictions originally appeared on AgingCare.com.