Having type 2 diabetes means you have had to make some changes to your diet. Unfortunately, your friends and family can still eat the way you are accustomed to eating. When you are invited to someone's house for dinner, they may be aware of your food restrictions and provide a low-carb meal or sugar-free desserts. However, when it comes to a party or large event that involves pizza, you may be on your own. Here are a few tips for getting through the event without blowing your blood sugar levels through the roof.
Find the Veggie Tray
Even if the main food of the party is coming from the pizza delivery person, you can be sure there will be some type of appetizer or condiment trays around. Find the one that has the carrot sticks and pickles and get your nosh on. While you do not want to eat the whole tray, have enough to take the edge off any hunger you may be feeling. You can also check for other foods such as chicken wings or sliders; just be sure to remove the bun from the slider.
Have a Slice
When the pizza arrives, look over the different options the host(ess) ordered. Find the one with the thinnest crust and the most toppings. Look for the one with mushrooms, peppers, onions, and such. Do not eat the end crust. It is also a good idea to skip any with extra cheese that will mess with your blood sugar later in the day.
Work the Room
While you can't exactly perform calisthenics at the party, you can stay on your feet mingling. The more active you are the better. Avoid the group playing video games or watching television and join in other, more physical activities. If you happen to be at a pool party, take a dip and do a few laps around the pool or play some type of tag in the water. Perhaps you can set up the volleyball net and get in a quick game or two. If nothing is going on, offer to help the host(ess) carry plates or empty pizza boxes to the kitchen.
While pizza is not something you are going to be able to eat in large quantities or even as the only thing to a meal anymore, you can enjoy a slice here and there. Monitor your glucose levels before and after eating and then again a few hours later. Make sure it makes up all your carbs for that meal and any snacks. It might take a few different times but you will be able to figure out how a slice affects you and what you need to do to prepare for it and what to do after eating.
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