Keep it in check

Central and North Burnett Times - - OPINION -

WITH Christ­mas only a few weeks away, peo­ple are start­ing to wind down and re­lax.

It’s great hav­ing time off from work and be­ing able to en­joy the hol­i­days.

One of my favourite things about the fes­tive sea­son is Christ­mas lunch.

My fam­ily al­ways has a feast of epic pro­por­tions, with a mas­sive baked ham as the cen­tre­piece.

It’s all-out war­fare at the kitchen ta­ble, my very own man v food chal­lenge.

But af­ter re­search­ing for this week’s di­a­betes fea­ture, I feel that tak­ing a more sen­si­ble ap­proach to my hol­i­day diet might be wise.

I am go­ing to be try­ing out some­thing called “mod­er­a­tion”.

It’s go­ing to be tough, but eat­ing in mod­er­a­tion is some­thing I rec­om­mend to all read­ers.

The num­ber of Queens­lan­ders liv­ing with type 2 di­a­betes is in­creas­ing by 60 a day and there is a strong cor­re­la­tion be­tween this num­ber and obe­sity rates in our state.

Type 2 di­a­betes is pre­ventable with a healthy diet and ac­tive liv­ing, so don’t be­come a blimp over the hol­i­days. Say no to that sec­ond or third help­ing of pud­ding. Your body will thank you.

Bran­don Livesay Gayn­dah jour­nal­ist

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