Preparing for Thanksgiving Day: A guide to managing glucose blood sugar levels.

With a few days to spare before Thanksgiving Day, start paying close attention to portion sizes to develop an automatic food mindset.

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Managing type 2 diabetes health is about bringing eating habits and glucose control together with reasonable results.

By the time the big day arrives; the meal can be enjoyed with planning ahead to still enjoy a delicious Thanksgiving meal without completely sacrificing blood sugar levels.

Holiday potlucks are enticing, but don’t let them hinder a health goal. Here are a few ideas to help you stay on track.

  • Bringing a favorite lower-fat item, like a cooked vegetable dish, will help ease concerns; you can always fall back on it.
  • Choosing white meat protein over dark meat will save some calories. Go further by avoiding the crunchy turkey skin, which contains mainly fat. Save the extra calories for hidden butter added to potatoes, stuffing, and vegetables.
  • Large scoops of dips, gravy, and butter, so take it easy and half the portion size.
  • Be mindful of your portions for calorie-dense foods, such as potatoes, stuffing, and creamed vegetables. A serving size of 1/2 cup (15 grams of carbohydrate) each is a good rule of thumb.
  • One cup of most mixed foods is considered 30 grams of carbohydrate.
  • Choose half a bread roll instead of a whole one.
  • Take a deep breath and make the dessert a small size.

On a serious note, consider making an appointment with a registered dietitian or a certified diabetes educator for personalized advice on how to best manage the holiday season with type 2 diabetes and prediabetes.

It is too late to manage an appointment before this Thanksgiving and possibly during December. But something to keep in mind for the upcoming year.

Check with your doctor and health insurance for a list of providers.

With guidance, encouragement, and planning, start the new year with a new mindset because Thanksgiving Day is just the beginning.

Thank you for reading. :-)



Cook for Today

Registered Dietitian and Certified Diabetes Care and Education Specialist with a culinary arts degree. Food and nutrition freelance writer "back to the basics!”