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Nancy Klobassa Davidson, R.N., B.S.N, C.D.E
Nancy Klobassa Davidson is a registered nurse who has worked in diabetes education for 17 years. She is a certified diabetes educator (C.D.E.) and is currently in graduate school working on a Master of Science in nursing (M.S.N.) and health care education.
Nancy works with adults who have type 1, type 2 and other forms of diabetes. Nancy is coordinator of the Diabetes Unit's intensive insulin therapy program within the Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes, Metabolism, & Nutrition at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. Nancy has worked extensively with insulin pump therapy and continuous interstitial glucose sensing.
Peggy Moreland, R.N., M.S.N.
Peggy Moreland is a certified diabetes educator (C.D.E.) in the Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes, Metabolism, & Nutrition at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.
Peggy graduated with a Master of Science in Nursing and Health Care Education from the University of Phoenix and is a member of the American Association of Diabetes Educators and the American Diabetes Association. A certified diabetes educator (C.D.E.), Peggy enjoys working with patients to set and achieve diabetes self-management goals.
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Diabetes tips for navigating holiday treats
By Nancy Klobassa Davidson, R.N., and Peggy Moreland, R.N.
With the fall and winter holidays coming up, it can help to have an eating strategy. The American Diabetes Association has some good tips:
- Eat healthy items you like. If you're worrying about what will be served, offer to bring an appetizer or dish that you know you and others will enjoy.
- It's a party, but don't overdo it. Plan to enjoy the food. You're in luck if the food will be available near your usual meal time. Try to eat the same amount of carbohydrates that you normally would for a meal. Allow for a small piece of your favorite treat and keep portions small.
- Eat beforehand if your party or event is later than your usual meal time so that you don't go famished. Some protein, such as skinless chicken, turkey, fish, eggs, or low fat cheese with your meal will help to reduce food cravings. Drink plenty of water to stave off cravings for salty snacks.
- Focus on reconnecting with friends and family instead of the food. Once you have eaten, station yourself away from food.
- Drink in moderation. If you drink alcohol, remember to eat something first to prevent low blood glucose levels later. Keep it to no more than 1 drink for women and 2 drinks for men.
- If you overindulge, get back on track the next morning. Include extra exercise, monitor your blood glucose levels and get back on track with your usual eating habits.
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