Tips for diabetics on Thanksgiving

Published On: Nov 20 2012 07:05:46 AM PST   Updated On: Nov 20 2012 11:00:00 PM PST

Thanksgiving is a great time to see family and friends -- and it’s also a great day to eat until you can’t eat anymore. With the likes of turkey, stuffing, gravy, biscuits, cranberries and pumpkin pie covering the table in front of you, this is a hard holiday for those who need to watch what they eat, like diabetics.  


For a diabetic, Thanksgiving may not be nearly as exciting. Instead of just enjoying their meal, diabetics have to spend time worrying about what they’re eating, how much to eat and when they eat.


To help control your diabetes, the American Diabetes Association suggests that diabetics take insulin injections and have a couple snacks throughout the day. When it comes to choosing food, pick ones that won’t spike your glucose level. Select a couple of your favorite foods and avoid the rest. Do your best to maintain normal portion sizes so you don’t over consume high-calorie or carbohydrate loaded foods.


On Thanksgiving, a host can improve the meal for a diabetic by simply adjusting the menu. The host should try to buy foods that are lower in calories and sugar. For example, instead of just serving pie and cakes for dessert, try serving fruit cups or pudding as well. You can also add whole grains into stuffing instead of just white-flour bread crumbs. Although it may sound simple, every little change can make a difference.