The cornucopia that adorns your Thanksgiving table doesn’t have to be off limits to diabetics.
Thanksgiving is a time to eat and give thanks while spending time with loved ones. For the over 25 million Americans who suffer from diabetes, the Thanksgiving meal can be a temptation and a challenge, but setting the table with healthy choices can benefit the whole family.
- The Thanksgiving feast might not be held during your regular mealtime. Plan ahead so you can manage your glucose levels; you may need to snack before or after the meal.
- Snack on fresh veggies or tasty fruit while you wait for the main course.
- Get active before the meal with a family game outdoors that will get everyone’s blood pumping, or even just go for a brisk walk.
- Be selective and choose only your favorites. Limit your carbs by having stuffing OR rolls and just one type of potato.
- Eat smaller portions so you will be able to sample many dishes.
- Take time to appreciate each bite; you’ll eat slower and feel fuller.
- Go for the turkey; this lean meat is great for diabetics. Just skip the skin and roast the turkey rather than frying or adding extra fat.
- Distract yourself from over-eating by chatting with loved ones, playing a game, or even watching some football.
- Offer to bring a healthy version of your favorite dish that everyone can enjoy (find diabetic recipes online).
- Make a tradition of helping to clear the table once everyone is done eating to avoid the temptation to continue nibbling.
- Be sure to include fresh fruit at dessert time or enjoy a flavorful tea or coffee instead.
- Remember to limit your alcohol intake to a safe level.
Don’t let your diabetes stop you from appreciating the holiday dedicated to food. Just plan ahead and make smart choices so you can be thankful and full. Visit our online health library to learn more about counting carbs with diabetes and the effects of alcohol on your glucose levels. Plantation General Hospital wishes you and your family a happy and healthy Thanksgiving.