See How Easily You Can Have a Diabetes Friendly Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is one of the more challenging holidays for those of us with diabetes. The reason? The entire holiday revolves around food. Let’s face it, you gather with family and friends on this day to celebrate and have a Thanksgiving feast.

As we have come to accept, there is no taking a vacation from Diabetes. It’s not like you are on a special diet to lose some pounds and can choose to make Thanksgiving your cheating day…it doesn’t work like that.

As a diabetic on Thanksgiving you are left with a couple of choices:

  1. You can either stay home and not celebrate with your family and loves ones
  2. Or you can make sure that you have a game plan for healthy diabetic eating before you sit down for your meal.

If you choose the first option, be prepared to never hear the end of the “time you decided not to go to Thanksgiving dinner”. If you choose the second option… keep reading.

The ideal scenario would be if you, the diabetic, were having people over to your home for the Thanksgiving day meal. You would be able to ensure a large selection of diabetes-friendly choices to feast on along with having the traditional Thanksgiving day favorites.

But let’s face it, we don’t live in a perfect world. If you are like me, you are probably NOT going to be doing any of the cooking for your Thanksgiving meal. You’re probably going to:

  • Sleep late
  • Watch The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade on TV
  • Take a quick shower
  • Work your way over to the home of the responsible adult in your family that is able to hold a Thanksgiving Dinner

If that sounds more like it, then you are going to have to get a diabetes game plan in place prior to sitting down to your Thanksgiving day meal.

Speak Up

Keep in mind that you were invited to wherever you are going on Thanksgiving because you are more than likely family or a loved one. Don’t be afraid to remind the host or hostess prior to Thanksgiving day that you are diabetic and have certain nutritional needs.

I’m sure you’ll find that if you ask nicely, your Thanksgiving day hostess will offer you some options that don’t involve anything covered in marshmallows.

Working With What You Got

Say for some reason you weren’t able to request that there be some diabetic-friendly Thanksgiving day foods specially prepared for you, it’s not the end of the world. You’re a diabetic, you run into this type of thing all the time. You already have a plan, or at least you will when the big day arrives.

Here are just a few suggestions that will get you through Thanksgiving without having broken any (or many) of the diabetic cardinal rules:

  • Fit a walk into your Thanksgiving morning routine – we’ve already established that you don’t have a lot going on
  • Eat a lot of vegetables, this would include a heaping portion of salad with your meal – avoid anything that has been caramelized or marshmallowed
  • Turkey – eat up…just avoid the fatty skin
  • Mashed potatoes – one cup size serving is roughly 18g of carbs
  • Stuffing – I would avoid it but if you MUST be aware that a 1/3 cup serving has about 40g of carbs (it seems like a waste of available carbs to me)
  • Avoid Cranberry Sauce – just don’t eat it, it’s loaded with carbs
  • Bring Your Own Dessert

Not only will bringing your own dessert make you seem like a contributing but a responsible adult it will also be a way to ensure that you get to eat a diabetic-friendly dessert.

Here are some options:

  • No sugar added apple pie
  • No sugar added ice cream
  • Peanut Butter Pie
  • Individual Pumpkin Pies – no crust, very low carb
  • Strawberry Shortcake – low carb style

You can kind of see where this is going right? You can either buy some pre-made no sugar added desserts or you can find a great diabetic recipe and actually put a little effort into it. Me? I’ll probably be bringing something store bought…that’s just the way I am.

Once you have a plan in place about how to celebrate a diabetic-friendly Thanksgiving you are going to feel way more at ease this Thanksgiving. The main thing here is to not be too hard on yourself. If you happen to indulge a little too much (hey it happens), the important thing to remember is to get right back on track.

Photo: Pexels

Get a Free Diabetes Meal Plan

Get a free 7-Day Diabetes Meal Plan from Constance Brown-Riggs who is a Registered Dietitian-Certified Diabetes Educator and who is also a national spokesperson for the American Dietetic Association.

Just enter in your email below to download your free Diabetes Meal Plan.

By clicking Submit, you agree to send your info to BattleDiabetes.com who, in addition to 3rd party partners, may contact you with updates, products and information and we agree to use it according to our privacy policy and terms and conditions.

More Articles

More Articles

Scientists have discovered that a single gene forms a common link between type 2 diabetes and...

Natural supplements like cinnamon extract and apple cider vinegar could hold the key to lowering blood sugar levels, according to a recent...

Natural supplements like cinnamon extract and apple cider vinegar could hold the key to lowering blood sugar levels, according to a recent...

Could a person's risk for type 2 diabetes be written in their genes?

According to a study recently published in ...

Women who frequently shift around their sleeping hours could have worse metabolic health outcomes than their peers who stick with a...

The presence of the hormone leptin may hinder prenatal development, which could explain the origin of type 2 diabetes, according to...

An analysis of fossilized Native American feces shows that our ancestors ate up to sixteen times the fiber that we do today, but our...

Managing diabetes is hugely challenging for people of any age, but a new study suggests that young people may suffer all the more....

Disruptions to the gut’s ecosystem could be a future symptom facing young children who take antibiotics, which makes them more susceptible...

Breastfeeding a newborn holds many benefits for mommy and baby; it reduces the baby's risk for colds and viruses, it helps his bones (and yours)...

Fans of the Dexcom G5 Mobile have something to smile about.

At yesterday's hearing with the U.S. Food and Drug...

If you start your day with a cup of tea and end it with a glass of red wine, your blood sugar may thank you.

At least that...

As medical experts continue to debate whether or not "healthy obesity" can even exist, one new study suggests that risk for heart disease...

For years, type 1 diabetics have been anxiously waiting for that medical marvel that can stop the constant injections: the artificial...

“Low-fat” has been the battle cry of the health-conscious for over ‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌...