The dreaded summer barbecue – you want to eat all the food, but you know you shouldn’t. How do you manage?

Summertime in Illinois – barbecues are a necessity, but we don’t always watch what we eat. This is particularly a problem for people with medical ailments – like Celiac Disease and Diabetes. Kathy Levin is a registered dietician at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield and says it’s true – you can still eat what you want.

“I always say it’s not always about what you’re eating, but the amount of it,” Levin says. “If you want to have a little taste of everything, have little tiny tastes instead of loading your plate up or going back twice, things like that.”

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Levin says it’s important to be balanced, too. That means making sure to eat your vegetables.

This is particularly important for people with diabetes or pre-diabetes, the latter of which Levin says 1 out of 3 people has. 90 percent of those people don’t know they have it.
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