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Tips for a diabetes-friendly Thanksgiving
Just because you're watching your blood sugar doesn't mean you have to miss out on the holiday fun this Thursday.
People with special dietary considerations, like diabetics, need only follow a few guidelines and pay close attention to what they're consuming when gathering around the Thanksgiving table.
“People with diabetes can enjoy most of the foods so typical to the holiday season if they know how to balance the right portion of food into their meal plans," said Connie Diekman, president of the American Dietetic Association. "Such planning might be difficult for a new diabetic, but with a little experience it really isn’t that tricky."
It's important for diabetics to be on a regular meal schedule, so make sure you know when dinner is going to be served if you're heading to someone else's house. Pack a healthy snack in case there are any delays, and don't skip meals just because you know you'll be consuming a lot at dinner.
Be wary of carbs
According to the American Diabetes Association, diabetics should limit the amount of carbohydrates they consume, like those found in bread rolls, stuffing or sweet potato casseroles. Pick one or two of your favorite dishes and skip the rest.
Opt for fruits and veggies
If you're cooking, include lots of veggie or fruit-based dishes, but avoid sugary cranberry sauces or gravies that are high in sodium and fat.
Monitor alcohol consumption
It can be easy to go overboard during a celebratory time, but monitor how much alcohol you're consuming, and stay completely away from sugary drinks. If you will be drinking, alternate one or two drinks with glasses of water to help keep your blood sugar more even throughout the day.
Let people know
It's easier to stay accountable to yourself and your diet if the people around you are aware of your condition. Tell your host that you're diabetic--if only for the sole purpose of others being able to look out for you if something were to go wrong.
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