The holidays are coming up fast, which means an exciting time of loved ones getting together for food and fellowship. But, if you’re living with diabetes, events such as Thanksgiving dinner can be hazardous to your health! Most of us consume well over 2,000 calories during this annual meal, which is problematic for those who are trying to lose weight. On top of that, many of the dishes are packed full of sugar.
However, with a little bit of planning, you can enjoy Thanksgiving and keep healthy. Here are some tips on how:
Thanksgiving Portion Control
Plan on making one trip, not many. Instead of a heaping spoon of one item, make sure you take just a little bit. Decide that you will finish loading up your plate when it’s covered, not when it’s overflowing. Then choose ahead of time which items you really want to eat and which ones you’re okay skipping.
Thanksgiving Turkey Adjustments
Turkey is healthy for you, but around this time of the year, a lot of unhealthy things are done to it! Remove the skin, and use herbs and spices to give it flavor, instead of gravy. If you absolutely want gravy, just spot enough on for taste. Also, avoid deep-frying the bird—opt instead for smoked or oven-roasted turkey.
When planned right, stuffing can be healthy. Use whole grain or whole wheat bread, and pack it with vegetables such as onions, carrots, celery and mushrooms.
Potatoes with Diabetes
Lay off on the extra butter, sour cream and cheese for your Thanksgiving potatoes. Trying using Greek yogurt or ground pepper instead. Some potatoes, such as sweet potatoes, are so flavorful that they don’t need anything added to them!
Go Light on the Cranberry Sauce
This dish is both thick in carbs and sugar! If you must have it, go very light on the portion.
Just Say No to Green Bean Casserole
This dish is often full of unhealthy fats from ingredients such as fried onions, butter and soup. This is a dish that’s best passed on. Instead, opt for non-starchy vegetables as your side.
Remember, it is possible to live a full life while managing your diabetes. That’s why we carry a wide range of diabetic supplies at our CarePro Pharmacy locations. Call us to discuss your unique needs today!