Upcoming holidays

By Hooliganhjp Latest Reply 2014-10-30 21:00:00 -0500
Started 2014-10-14 05:43:44 -0500

This will be my first Tanksgiving/Christmas as a type 2.
I have learned how to be good with sweets and stuff. My problem will be the potatoes, stuffing, oh yeah, the stuffing.

I am so weak with bread type stuff. Stuffing has all ways even my favorite.

I have had a hard time with the vegetables because I love the high carb type, corn carrots. Yeah I like the others but even in the "good for you" category I like the not the best for you type the best.

So what type of alternatives to a traditional thanksgiving meal do you prepare?

16 replies

BreC 2014-10-30 21:00:00 -0500 Report

In years past, I always practice portion control and moderation and it has worked for me. Now that I am on insulin, I will be even more aware of what I am eating but not leave myself feeling left out. I live in the country so a lot of our vegetables are what we grew ourselves and either canned or froze so I know what is in them. I don't eat much bread or sweets so that won't be a problem. My weakness is cornbread dressing. I think you can eat most anything if portion and moderation is kept in mind.

Shawn Grant
Shawn Grant 2014-10-22 17:36:43 -0500 Report

This will be my first holiday season since my diagnosis as well. I have goals and focus on them. My goals are to maintain normal blood sugar so I can enjoy many more holidays.

My menu this year is:
Mashed cauliflower
Brussels sprouts sauteed with bacon and seasoned with thyme
green beans
sauteed mushrooms in wine sauce
For dessert pumpkin pie but not traditional. Take a can of pumpkin stir in ginger, nutmeg, cinnamon, stevia, egg, and whole whipping cream and bake it.

You can eat good and stick to your diet.

DiabetesSuperGrl 2014-10-19 14:40:56 -0500 Report

Its hard. Its tempting. There are alternatives. I've just learned to say no to all of the bread type items. I know that I could have them but I also know that I would physically feel horrible for it later, so it isn't worth it for me. Potatoes are ok to have, in moderation. Doing just baked sweet potatoes, instead of piling on marshmallows and all of that stuff. I often slice them into wedges, drizzle with olive oil, season with cinnamon, nutmeg and just bake.
My family still doesn't get that I make my food choices, not them. After I was first diagnosed, at family events and holidays, I felt like they were setting me up to fail. They kept eating the way that they always have. They just assumed that I would too, then just correct with insulin later. I could do that. I choose not to. I don't like the way that I feel when my sugars run high. I don't like the struggle to get them back down. So I've learned to make adjustments. I always bring a diabetic friendly appetizer, main dish and dessert with me. I know that at least, I will be able to eat those things and not have huge spikes. My family has discovered that they really like a lot of the diabetic friendly things that I bring along with me and some of them are now requested for every get together that we have. I often bring some type of veggie platter or vegetable dish that they all seem to enjoy so in a way, I'm helping them to eat better and make better food choices too.

Glucerna 2014-10-19 20:12:34 -0500 Report

You've taken a difficult situation and turned it around to your benefit, and at the same time you're giving your family the opportunity to try and enjoy healthier foods. I think the most important thing you said was that some foods just aren't 'worth it for' you. ~Lynn @Glucerna

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2014-10-14 20:57:32 -0500 Report

I fix a normal Thanksgiving Dinner or I go to a family dinner and traditional Thanksgiving foods are served. Since I was diagnosed during the summer, I was ready for Thanksgiving at my cousins house.

I have no problems eating the traditional foods. I don't ask for special foods to be prepared and I don't take food with me when I go to someone's house. I use teaspoons and tablespoons for starches and load up on green veggies and meat. I eat a teaspoons of mashed potatoes and stuffing. I have a tiny slice of pie for dessert and call it a day. My blood sugar readings after dinner are about 125 which is still in my good range.

You have a hard time with veggies because you choose to not give up the bad veggies. I eat fresh corn just about everyday during the summer. When I eat corn, I don't eat bread or potatoes and because it is summer, I go out and walk up and down my street chatting with my neighbors.

My doctor gave me a diabetes free day once I got my blood sugar under good control I use my free day on Sundays and on Holidays. I still don't over indulge and I have not had a high because of it.

Relax and enjoy the holiday. If you over indulge it is just one day. Get back on track the next day and stay on track until Christmas. Remember to exercise and you should be fine.

jayabee52 2014-10-14 12:10:31 -0500 Report

Howdy HJP
Gabby just gave you some wonderful suggestions for how to do the Holiday meals. I don't think I could do better.

I do wish to suggest that you avoid completely anything which contains grains, like bread. I have discontinued bread and aii other foods made from grain, and I was able to manage my T2 without any diabetes meds. I had been on twice daily insulin injections but now have been able to DC them.

God's best to you and yours


kimfing 2014-10-14 11:47:55 -0500 Report

Last year was my first holiday season w D. I found a high protein low carb (3 gram per slice). Its chompies carb nots bread i used for my very frist homemade stuffing. It was awesome. Instead of potatoes i had a sweet potato. I use splenda in my cranberries instead of sugar.

GabbyPA 2014-10-14 06:31:06 -0500 Report

I remember me asking very similar questions on my first holiday spin. Here are some things I have learned over the years.

Starters, keep the relish and snacks low carb. Nuts in the shell with nut crackers. Gives people something to do. I use salted nuts, olives, fresh green onions, and sliced veggies as my starters. Offer a dip made from cream cheese or a nice cheese ball. I used to love the gherkins pickles, and sometimes I still put them out. I just have to watch myself.

Cauliflower is great! Roast a head and mash it with some potatoes and add some cream cheese or sour cream to it. Makes a great potato side with a LOT less carbs. Your family may not even know the difference.

One year I just roasted veggies like zucchini, cauliflower, garlic, carrots, parsnips, onion, (I don't do peppers, but you could do that) mushrooms and served them as is. It was a hit. You can also mash them up and serve them with celery sticks (or pita chips) as a wonderful dip.

Make your own cranberry sauce. Real cranberries and stevia to sweeten it. I also sometimes use one pack of sugar free jello in mine, like orange or cranberry to help it set. This also makes a great topping for ice cream.

Seared Asparagus is wonderful. Just toss it in the pan with a little olive oil and some seasonings to your taste. Serve it tender crisp. No sauce required.

Carrot and sweet potato soup. Use real cream. Or do a broccoli soup, even better.

Squash can be kind of high carb, but it is full of fiber and lots of good things if you don't kill it with sugar. I roast acorn squash cut in halves. People can add what they want to them. I have also stuffed them with a sausage and wild rice with quinoa mix. Toss in a little chopped pecan and a few cranberries and it's golden.

Stuffed mushrooms are always a hit with our family. I do it with meat or nut based stuffing. No or very little bread crumbs. Make it savory and they make people feel very special.

For the green beans (which is usually casserole here) just steam the beans, then saute some fresh mushrooms and onions to put on top. If everyone wants the sauce, make it on the side, so you don't have to eat it.

Don't forget the salad. Make a nice colorful salad to serve with everything. Make it with all kinds of greens for flavor like parsley, cilantro or basil. Add the pops of color with tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, red cabbage, and maybe even some berries or nuts.

I am not a huge pig on stuffing, but one thing my mom taught me was to make stuffing balls. This way, you take one 1/2 cup ball and you can keep track. You ball up the stuffing while it's warm and moist, Put them in a baking pan and spray them with cooking spray on top. Put them in the oven for about 30 minutes until they are crusty on the outside and tender on the inside. This makes it easy also for freezing later.

I do crust less pumpkin pie also made with stevia for sweet. Or try a pumpkin cheese cake and wow the guests. Far less carbs and nice texture. The pecan pie is for my hubby and he gets it full on sugar. I try to avoid that.

Do you see what is missing? No rolls. Not bread of any kind (except the stuffing) is served at our thanks giving feasts. People don't ever seem to miss it because there is so much to choose from.

Fill your plate with turkey. Have little tastes of other things. Use smaller plates so your plate is full and your eyes will be full and your then your tummy will be full.

One last trick. Sorry this is so long. But if you do a buffet style of serving it is nice. You have to get up from the table to fill your plate. Often that little extra effort (and sitting in the most far away hard to get out of corner) can help you keep from overfilling on the meal. Keep you at the table, enjoying the real fun of the Holidays, Family.

jayabee52 2014-10-14 12:11:46 -0500 Report

EXCELLENT suggestions Gabby! Couldn't have done better!

GabbyPA 2014-10-14 14:40:00 -0500 Report

Sorry it was so long, but I just got going and boom....there it was.

jayabee52 2014-10-14 14:59:01 -0500 Report

Don't myself think it too long! It told what needed to be said and I wouldn't change a bit of it!

Or it is kinda like a skirt, long enough to cover the subject yet short enough to make it interesting. LoL

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