Thanksgiving can truly be a trial for people who suffer from diabetes. If you go to a friends or families for the Thanksgiving meal you are often surrounded by temptation. Many people with diabetes actually opt to not attend functions during the holidays because they feel depressed or sad because they cannot enjoy the same things that they once did.
Diabetes is widely suffered nowadays and it is the seventh largest killer in the United States. If you plan on having dinner guests for Thanksgiving who suffer diabetes its always nice to make a few special dishes just for them.
Here are fifteen tips to help a diabetic during the holiday season.
1) Look on the bright side of things, turkey is carbohydrate-free. Keep a positive outlook to the Thanksgiving meal. Remind yourself about all the positive aspects of the meal. Thanksgiving is not just about food. It is also about family and friends. Its about being able to share special day with people who mean something to you. Food is just a second aspect of the whole day.
2) Bring your own dishes to the Thanksgiving dinner that you can eat and enjoy. Have you ever tried Cauliflower mashed potato’s? They are amazing and much better then the real thing.
3) Be sure to eat a lot of vegetables. Vegetables are very filling.
4) If there is going to be yams present most people place large amounts of marshmallows on these baked dishes. You can bring your own yams and opt to not have the marshmallows.
5) Use the dual wave feature in your pump if you have to use a pump.
6) Bring your own gravy that is made out of soy flower.
7) If you have to indulge in stuffing please only eat a very small amount. For many people stuffing is the most favored dish. Just use common sense and eat a small portion.
8) Avoid Cranberry sauce because it is loaded with sugars.
9) Bring your own home made pies. These can be diabetic pies so you can enjoy pie after dinner and I bet the other guests won’t be able to tell the difference in the pies.
10) Before you leave your house be sure to have a nice healthy breakfast so you have successfully curbed your hunger before its time to feast.
11) If you want to indulge in a glass of wine with dinner then drink it while eating. You can also take white wine and add just a bit of water to thin it out.
12) If you have a wide array of pies to choose from after dinner choose the pumpkin pie and do not eat the crust.
13) Be sure to bring your own artificial sweetener. You should always carry artificial sweetener with you just in case.
14) Do not take home any leftovers so you are not tempted later or the next day.
15) Remember to enjoy your meal and your loved ones. Just use common sense when dealing with what you eat. There is no reason why a person with Diabetes cannot have a fulfilling Thanksgiving experience.