If you want to make the most of the last holiday before Christmas, you can’t miss these tips for Thanksgiving with diabetes.
Thanksgiving is one of those days to look forward to. It’s the celebration that officially kicks off the holiday season. But, if you have diabetes it can be tricky. Why? Because it’s all about food. If you’re going to be celebrating, I think these tips for spending Thanksgiving with diabetes will come in handy.
Watch your carbs
I already gave you a tough one in the first tip, didn’t I? Almost everything you cook has a very high percentage of carbohydrates! Baked macaroni and cheese, desserts, mashed potatoes, carbonated beverages…
This first tip is going to be hard to follow, but it’s not impossible. When you prepare something, try to follow the plate theory: 50% vegetables, 25% protein and 25% carbohydrates.
Don’t forget to adapt your meal plan
People with diabetes often have a meal plan that helps them stay within their glucose range. However, with these foods, it becomes difficult to follow.
Remember that you should readjust this plan. Keep in mind that you are going to eat a lot more at dinner and adjust the rest of the day accordingly.
Measure yourself a lot
How meals affect your glucose is always a big mystery. Each person’s levels are altered in one way or another. Also, other factors such as stress come into play here. If you’re the host, you are probably under stress.
To prevent your levels from skyrocketing or plummeting, remember to measure yourself much more than usual. This way you can always correct them in time and get back into the right range before it becomes more serious.
Substitute certain foods
Changing some ingredients for others that affect your glucose levels less can be very helpful. Believe it or not, there are diabetes-friendly versions of the most common Thanksgiving recipes. Don’t doubt it and try making some of them if you are the host!
If you’re going to someone else’s house for a meal, you may have a little more trouble. But you can always talk to the person. Tell them about your condition and **ask them to make a platter with vegetables or ingredients of your choice to combine with the main dishes.
Dates like Thanksgiving mean being a little more careful and paying more attention to your levels. But diabetes doesn’t stop you from enjoying them. Remember to always go along with your pocket assistant Cori for better control.
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