Thanksgiving and Diabetes: How to Handle the Increase in Food

Managing Diabetes is quite a challenge especially when holidays and special occasions such as Thanksgiving comes. With all the palatable and delicious foods that have the ability to tempt you and ruin your usual diabetic diet, it isn’t easy to say no when they are just everywhere. People with Diabetes believe that they cannot eat the foods that they want during this occasion. This is not true. You can still indulge, but there are things that you need to remember in order to enjoy the holiday and keep your blood sugar level at bay all at the same time.

Don’t skip meals before going to a Thanksgiving feast.

Skipping meals to save up for a Thanksgiving lunch or dinner will make it harder for you to resist the temptation of eating more and more. This may result to overindulging and overeating.

Opt for healthier foods and cut back on carbs.

It isn’t easy to stick to your meal plan when foods are all around the corner, waiting to be devoured. You can manage this by opting for healthier meals instead of giving in to heavy foods that ae loaded with carbs. Start with vegetables or fruits to prevent your appetite from stimulating.

Practice portion control when eating your favorite foods.

You can expect a variety of foods around the table during a holiday but remember that it is good to just stick to your favorite foods and indulge in small servings. For example, if your favorite food Spaghetti is served, choose it instead of including pecan pie, cranberry, mashed potatoes, and several other foods on your plate.

Keep your focus on your family and friends.

Thanksgiving is a time to reunite and bond with your family and friends. Remember that this occasion is not entirely just about foods, so it is important to keep yourself focused mainly on your loved ones. Have fun, play games with them, and spend time talking about things with them. This will give your mind an opportunity to stay pre-occupied away from eating.

Go back to your dietary plan when you accidentally overindulge.

Mistakes happen especially when you just can’t resist the foods that are being served. When this instance happens, forgive yourself and give yourself a chance to start all over again. Don’t let overeating cause you to get discouraged and just let a new unhealthy diet take place. Get back to your usual dietary plan and start motivating yourself to maintain it.

Limit your alcohol intake.

While there are lots of foods during Thanksgiving, there are also plenty of wines and beers that are difficult to say no to. You can actually drink during this occasion. Just make sure that you are not exceeding the limit. Keep your alcohol amount in check. Do not drink while your stomach is empty. Alcohol is known to interact Diabetes medications so it’s better to keep it at a minimum.

Keep an active lifestyle.

Holidays should never be a reason for you to forget your exercise routine. Thanksgiving is the time of the year where you should remain active because of the extra calories that you consume. Spend time with your family walking after the dinner. This way, you can shed off those unnecessary calories, make up for your eating, and get to control your blood sugar level, too. After Thanksgiving, spend more time walking in order to get back to your usual active lifestyle.

Get Yourself Enough Sleep

Thanksgiving and any other occasions tend to keep you awake most of the time because of the activities that you take part to. Remember that not sleeping enough makes it harder to control your blood sugar level. It also makes you crave more foods that are high in carbs and fats, so be sure to get yourself enough sleep—at least eight hours per night, once Thanksgiving is over.

Monitor your blood glucose levels

It is important to keep track on your blood glucose level in order to help you understand how the foods you consume affect your sugar level. This will also help you get back to your healthy lifestyle and encourage you to maintain it.