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The holiday season should be a joyous time of the year. However, for those with diabetes who want to continue eating healthfully, it can sometimes be a time of trepidation.

Baking cookies for family and friends, Auntie Kay’s silky smooth red velvet cake, or granddaddy’s “gotta have it” cornbread stuffing with sausage can throw even the most faithful healthy eaters off track.

But sticking to a healthful lifestyle doesn’t have to mean deprivation—not if you take the right approach. As a diabetes educator and Registered Dietitian, that’s the message I give to my clients during the holidays. After all, depriving yourself of special holiday foods or feeling guilty after eating them isn’t part of a healthful eating strategy.

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