By Latest Reply 2011-11-26 00:06:46 -0600
Started 2011-11-21 05:38:21 -0600

Thanksgiving going to suck this year. Can't eat all I want,got to watch it do not want b/s to go crazy on me

43 replies

Mickey/CCHT 2011-11-26 00:06:46 -0600 Report

Ok textatoman, there have been lots of comments. And it is after did it go? Were you able to take any of these thoughts or suggestions and make them work for you? Just curious how you did. I hope it was better than you thought.
Give us a shout out and let us know how you did.
Peace, Mickey

robertoj 2011-11-24 03:12:48 -0600 Report

Having diabetes makes me focus on gratitude. The meal has become much less important. I eat turkey nearly every week so the temptation isn't too great. I forgo most of the fixings. My big sins will be a small slice of cranberry and a sliver of pumpkin pie.

watson4042 2011-11-24 02:34:22 -0600 Report

i'm not going to miss out on the holiday goodies but i will do with extreme moderation and portion controls, of course if my bx is off the charts i won't do it.

Caroltoo 2011-11-24 08:32:57 -0600 Report

Roberto, it doesn't sound like your "sins" are very large ones. Enjoy! That's a very positive and uplifting focus for this day of thanksgiving. Wishing continued causes for thanksgiving. Carol

Caroltoo 2011-11-24 08:31:28 -0600 Report

Roberto, it doesn't sound like your "sins" are very large ones. Enjoy! That's a very positive and uplifting focus for this day of thanksgiving. Wishing continued causes for thanksgiving. Carol

meowbat 2011-11-23 19:53:41 -0600 Report

dear textatoman, didn't mean to sound so Pollyanna. i understand your need to just avoid all the family attitudes. if you can skip it without hurting YOURSELF or causing holiday fallout, stay home and watch whatever or contact a friend that has the big "D" just like you and go to a buffet where you can pick the food you can eat safely or just have your own potluck and enjoy. if the family doesn't understand, then they need to grow up and face everyday reality. diabetes just like anything else exists. It won't dry up and blow away cause you want to ignore. it is also usually a family health problem and some people just don't know how to deal with it. you do what is best for you! have a HAPPY!!!—MEOWBAT

lilmellie 2011-11-23 19:43:08 -0600 Report

The best what you can do is by portions size, only one scoop no extras. This is what I do and my mother, who is diabetic, that we pay attention to portion size and adjust how much you should take your insulin. However it is okay to indulge yourself. Happy Thanksgiving.

pixsidust 2011-11-23 19:23:14 -0600 Report

And you are alive!! Woo Hoo! Enjoy what you can. Have a lot of whats good for you. Prepare some desserts from our recipe section. Make it yummy and you will be OK

tahoeTed 2011-11-23 18:57:39 -0600 Report

I feel the same way, but my biggest problem is the family members at each gathering. One place they constantly remind me "you can't have that" or that "this was made a certain way so I can HAVE that". Then there is the other side where "is that all you want" is the norm. I DON'T want the special treatment, it just reminds me more of the problems I face at the holidays.

berrykins0 2011-11-23 15:35:23 -0600 Report

try to enjoy yourself its not so bad as it seems to be it will get easier give it time.
lifes full of challanges and as we get older things just change thats what lifes all about.take care happy thanksgiving.

meowbat 2011-11-22 16:16:05 -0600 Report

try just a spoon of each or see if the cook can take your needs into consideration. if your presence is expected then a few changes on your behalf should be no problem.

watson4042 2011-11-24 02:40:57 -0600 Report

family should make concessions. i'm allergic to mushrooms and family found a new way to make green bean cassorole & it tastes just as good. nobody is telling me what to eat but when i pick something i shouldn't i get that "MOM" look and it helps me to be moderate and control portion size & i know it's done out of love for me.

jayabee52 2011-11-22 16:39:31 -0600 Report

Unfortunately not all families work this way.

One fella on DC here is told that there will be no alternatives offered and he is forbidden to even bring the foods he CAN eat. I believe that is a bit extreme, especially as he is on a very restricted menu plan due to other health problems. I guess uniformity is the watch word in that family.

He has stayed home instead and taken care of his conditions rather than submit to something which would harm him.

Mickey/CCHT 2011-11-23 01:14:44 -0600 Report

That is terrible of the family to be so narrow minded and ignorant of what a family member needs. Thanks goodness he is putting himself first over his foolish family. Please let him know that there are people here who feel for him. Please wish him love and understanding from us. God Bless

Caroltoo 2011-11-22 17:52:55 -0600 Report

Terribly controlling family. Staying home is probably a very healthy choice for more reasons than food consumption.

Young1s 2011-11-22 16:53:34 -0600 Report

That is so unfair. How can his own "family" treat him like that? My heart aches for him. Wish him a Happy Thanksgiving for me, James.

jayabee52 2011-11-22 17:01:22 -0600 Report

I most certainly will! I plan to direct him to view this discussion and this thread, so you already did!

meowbat 2011-11-23 20:39:38 -0600 Report


Young1s 2011-11-22 14:33:07 -0600 Report

I know how you fee Textatoman. My husband, my son, and I would compete every holiday season to see who can make the biggest plate and eat every drop. My son being the reigning champ. With all of the sports he plays, he burns it off as fast as he puts it on. Well that is no longer a game I can afford to play. Too much at stake, even for one day…especially for one day.
I am the one responsible for making Thanksgiving dinner, with the rest of the family as my prep cooks. My original thought was to just make dinner the way I have made it in the past and then ease them into the changing recipes throughout the following year. Now I am having second thoughts about that.
As was going over my recipes, I realized that changing them this year might be a bit easier than I thought, because I cook mostly with fresh ingredients anyways. So the sweet potatoes aren't as sweet. So the baked mac n cheese isn't smothered in cheese and a buttered breadcrumb topping. So the stuffing is made with low carb bread cubes. And so on, and so on, and so on. Then it dawned on me, these are all changes that I have been incorporating into my daily meals since I found out I was Type II. And I haven't had any complaints about that food yet.
So, Thanksgiving this year and from here on out is going to be just fine. We'll just have to come up with a more healthier tradition.

meowbat 2011-11-23 20:33:11 -0600 Report

guess what, you just solved your own problem. good for you!!!!!! any way i can tell by what you wrote that you are probably the family's most loved and trusted cook. good things have always come from your kitchen. NOTHING has changed but the level of healthy. you cook the way you need to. if need be, they don't ask you don't tell. they are going to eat your food anyway, that's why they're coming. they will have a much better meal BECAUSE of you!!! have a HAPPY!! -meowbat

Mickey/CCHT 2011-11-22 13:52:49 -0600 Report

I'm sorry you feel your holiday will be ruined because of this. I myself will not allow food to have that much affect on my holiday. It is more about being with family and supporting eachother then what i'm going to eat.
Doesn't mean that i don't want to have that piece of pie, or mashed potatoes, or whatever it is. I will just do do smartly. Portion control is key. I will eat something if i want too, i just will not go crazy with it. And after dinner, take a walk, or play football in the yard with the kids. The exercise helps. And drink plenty of water.
Society pushes us to think that to have a good holiday, we have to indulge in all this food, or it's not a good holiday. What a bunch of hooey. It's about friends and family and being in a loving place with those around you, and yourself.
I hope you allow yourself to have a good holiday. God Bless, Mickey

MEGriff1950 2011-11-21 15:00:36 -0600 Report

Frankly I have been doing so well with my blood sugar control since July 7th I plan on indulging a bit on Thanksgiving. I am aware of the consequences so my sinning will be scant indulges.

jayabee52 2011-11-21 15:11:56 -0600 Report

I find that occasional indulgences (aka cheats) keeps me feeling better about myself when I am in control of my BGs. If I indulge myself occasionally It makes my mental health better and my regular regimen more tolerable to me.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2011-11-21 19:06:33 -0600 Report

I agree jayabee. I will have a small piece of cake for desert this Thanksgiving. It is ok to indulge once in a while.

MEGriff1950 2011-11-21 15:17:35 -0600 Report

I feel this way also. I am finding that the longer I am in control of my diabetes that my indulgences show very little changes in my BG. I had a sinning day a few days ago but my fasting BG was 114, not bad in my book.

2011-11-21 17:21:55 -0600 Report

Not I J~A~B!! Not only don't I believe in them, I can't take them!! If I have to swallow just 1 more pill, I lose it!! I take too many prescription meds, to start swallowing OTC pills.

2011-11-25 15:57:24 -0600 Report

No, I've never had a problem swallowing pills. If that was the case I would never be able to take all the prescriptions that I take. I cannot bear to take 1 more pill. My Dr has me on 8 different Rx. I cannot even fathom ingesting one more pill. As it is, I take all of my Rx in the morning, & by the time I'm done w/that, I can't even enjoy my 1st cup of coffee.. So for me no supplements for me. And not only that, the prices of all these supplements are too rich for my blood.

2011-11-21 18:39:26 -0600 Report

Well Meg, & Well J~A~B, U2 R both very silly!! And yes MEG I was thinking about overindulging on really yummy "real imitation" turkey. Which is really yummy in book. & I'm truly sorry J~A~B. Was not even remotely thinking about any type of suppliments. Food is much more satisfying to think about.

2011-11-21 19:09:27 -0600 Report

U know J~A~B that it's more fun 2B silly & have fun. Cause if I didn't I too. would go NUTS!!

jayabee52 2011-11-21 13:33:06 -0600 Report

I have had about 16 thanksgivings now where that has been the case for me.
And to tell the truth it bothered me a bit for a few years.

However in recent years it was less about the food and eating and more about family and friends, and giving thanks to God for them and the life He's given me and the people He's put in my life. For the past 3 thanksgivings that has included my online friends like all y'all! I am thankful for this website and its people and the blessing it has been to me!

Have a happy, safe, and blessed thanksgiving everyone!


realsis77 2011-11-21 09:44:01 -0600 Report

hi, yes i try to eat small portions and maybe just taste something i like. i always bring my insulin so i can correct if ive over done it :)

Uncle Lew
Uncle Lew 2011-11-21 06:17:40 -0600 Report

Welcome to the club. Enjoy the day. Have a little of everything just don't be a glutton. Not knowing the specifics about your condition there shouldn't be anything you can't eat. I intend to eat everything on the table which includes a complete Italian dinner and a complete traditional Thanksgiving dinner and a massive dessert table. I'll count the carbs and compensate with a little extra Novolog to cover the increase.
Don't be so down. You can make food take a back seat to your health and still enjoy the day.

eristar 2011-11-21 06:07:08 -0600 Report

Last year was the first Thanksgiving I had where I knew I had D2 and was trying to control my b/s…it was tough, especially since I was still recovering from surgery as well…I decided that I would just eat a little more of the things I could more easily manage, and less of those which were not on the "good" list, but I did not deprive myself of the taste of anything…my sugar spiked a little - but nowhere near where it might have gone. I hope you have a wonderful day - please let us know how it went, and instead of worrying so much about what you can't have, take a moment to remember what do DO have! Take care…Erica