Diabetic Thanksgiving Hacks

Jeanette Terry
By Jeanette Terry Latest Reply 2014-11-19 16:34:47 -0600
Started 2014-11-12 14:53:38 -0600

Thanksgiving dinner is full of high carb dishes that are sure to reek havoc on your blood sugars. So lets start sharing our diabetic thanksgiving hacks and maybe we can make thanksgiving day a little easier.

For example, I always try to fill my plate with lots of turkey and not so much stuffing and potatoes in order to avoid some of the carbs. I also wait to have pie until my blood sugar has come down later in the day.

Please share your hacks

Tags: thanksgiving

39 replies

nitajean 2014-11-19 15:31:35 -0600 Report

We'll be having the "faux" mashed potatoes made from cauliflower. It's yummy, especially with added chopped chives and a little bit of grated cheese. Just make sure you get out all of the excess moisture. And we found that the consistency is right only if we used a food processer to blend.

MaxieFo 2014-11-17 20:37:24 -0600 Report

This will be my first holiday as a diabetic so I appreciate all tips.

K2K 2014-11-19 16:34:47 -0600 Report

My first also, and I'm going to figure out how to really make the most of it!!! Planning ahead has to be the key.

rolly123 2014-11-15 16:02:53 -0600 Report

My big problem is sweets we have 2 apple pie 2 pumpkin pie cheesecake cookies brownies since im sweet lover so i fill up in turkey veg im doing high sugar already cant wait for holiday over with the rest holiday no problem

Kats49 2014-11-14 20:50:20 -0600 Report

My family is a three generation family of diabetics or heart disease…so we celebrate and cook differently in the last 40 years than prior. We bake/roast the sweet potatoes…then they are mashed with plain cinnamon. Some people add a pat of butter to their serving. We cook a range free turkey, there are more vegetables dishes, real butter used instead of oleo, fresh fruit, butternut squash pies along with pumpkin. Honey pecan pies and large dates. Roasted nuts/seeds salt free. We always include at min. four new friends or "dates" each year. Every participates in the process…everyone's diversity is celebrated. So even picky eaters get a kick out of helping in the kitchen. My son still needs his Dad's tarragon mashed red potatoes with the skins left on. I have a small spoonful. Moderation seems to be the key. Everyone helps with the cleaning up and out side for a game of catch, football or sledding depending on the weather. We do eat the desserts AFTER the exercising…I feel the love and warmth from the food the exercise and the good company every year.

Pegsy 2014-11-14 09:16:57 -0600 Report

I will have plenty of turkey and vegetables. I will allow myself a little bit of potatoes. I will also have dessert. It will be pumpkin/cheesecake pie sweetened with Stevia and it will not have a crust. I have learned that I can be perfectly content without all the traditional stuff that is unhealthy for me. Last year I did the whole feast without concern, for just that one meal. It didn't spike me as I expected it to. Even so, I will be conservative because I have become used to eating low carb and I now prefer it.

RosalieM 2014-11-14 09:41:10 -0600 Report

I am with you. a crust doesn't add anything to a pie anyway. For myself I just don't make a crust. When cooking for family, I do the crust with half resistant starch fiber. Then I can eat it too. Pumpkin cheesecake sounds really good. Can I make it by adding some pumpkin to a regular cheesecake recipe. I like to use Splenda, would that work?

robic99 2014-11-19 15:22:00 -0600 Report

How do you do it without crust? I am making a pecan pie. Found recipe for a low carb pie. Have never been a fan of the crust. Do you just pour it into the pie pan?

Kats49 2014-11-14 20:51:41 -0600 Report

Yes you can add the pumpkin to the regular cheesecake recipe remembering that you are adding extra moisture.

Pegsy 2014-11-14 10:11:38 -0600 Report

I don't know, LOL! This will be my first attempt at making a pumpkin cheesecake. Stevia is the only sweetener I use because all of the others give me digestive issues. This recipe seems like a good starting place -http://www.diabeticconnect.com/diabetic-recip...

RosalieM 2014-11-14 10:41:41 -0600 Report

Thanks Peggy,
I am going to try it with adjustments using Splenda instead of equal. I am going to use full fat cream cheese. The fat free stuff is higher in carbs. I don't use fat free anything as they are always higher in carbs.

Pegsy 2014-11-14 11:02:30 -0600 Report

I agree. I will use full fat cream cheese in mine as well. I can't wait to see how these turn out!

yogajunkie 2014-11-14 05:46:02 -0600 Report

This will be my first holiday as a diabetic. I love stuffing. In fact, that was all I have ever eaten at thanksgiving dinner. I'm a little nervous, maybe I will just skip it all together.

4gsus2 2014-11-15 00:26:59 -0600 Report

I understand yogajunkie…I was diagnosed a year ago and lived in denial a part of that time. I am now trying to figure out, like you, what kinds of foods I can eat for the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays.

Kats49 2014-11-14 20:55:08 -0600 Report

No no never skip a special holiday, it is a time to be with friends and family. You can bring something you can eat to add to the dinner or use moderation when eating stuffing. If is is a cornbread stuffing you can have a little stay far away from the white bread stuffing. Experiment and try new foods, this isn't a death sentence. This is time to explore wonderful new foods.HUGS

roxanne bohnnow
roxanne bohnnow 2014-11-14 10:18:50 -0600 Report

Yogajunkie, don't skip thanksgiving if you have always celebrated it before. This year you should experiment, try new things. Take a look in the recipe section here and you will find all kinds of wonderful foods that you can have that others will also enjoy. Never give up, always live it up.

jayabee52 2014-11-13 20:08:44 -0600 Report

Howdy Jeanette
My hack is to not eat bread or anything made from grain. I also avoid anything starchy, like potatoes I load up on the meat and the no starch veggies and low carb fruits (if they are available).

My situation is complicated by the fact that I am on dialysis and must avoid certain other foods to maintain better health, like sweet potatoes (yams) and. pumpkin. So no pumpkin pie for me!

Thanking God for all His bounty!


roxanne bohnnow
roxanne bohnnow 2014-11-13 19:59:14 -0600 Report

I love baked sweet potatoes topped with a cinnamon butter and home made yogurt in place of sour cream. I make the yogurt about 4 to 5 days before the holiday and pray that it will last because every one in my family loves yogurt. This year we are going to have ham instead of turkey, with a tuna loaf chilled on the side. Steamed carrots and cabbage stuffed with sausage and onions cooked in the slow cooker for 6 hours in a home made canned tomato and pepper preserve that I put up two months ago. Our carb intake will be home made bread topped with cinnamon apple butter. Are you drooling yet? I almost forgot, my you tube friend has given me a recipe for hot orange spiced tea which I intend to make and serve to family.

haoleboy 2014-11-13 19:11:31 -0600 Report

plan is a large salad … a bunch of turkey … and a sliver of pumpkin pie

Kats49 2014-11-14 20:56:45 -0600 Report

Add a sweet potato to that ..they don't spike your blood sugars as much as white potatoes.

haoleboy 2014-11-14 23:56:29 -0600 Report

I used to like sweet potatoes and yams but one is just about a whole days carbs for me so I'm saving for the small piece of pumpkin pie

lorider70 2014-11-13 15:20:32 -0600 Report

Holiday meals luckily never pose a problem for me. I don't like turkey at all, and never eat large portions of anything or snack during the day. In fact, I really need to eat more than I do every day since I only weigh 135 at 5'9" I'm more than a little scrawney. Just don't have much of an appetite.

RosalieM 2014-11-13 14:16:52 -0600 Report

I put resistant starch fiber in my mashed potatoes on my plate. I put it in the stuffing. I make the pie crust 1/2 resistant starch fiber. I use Splenda and resistant starch fiber in the pie filling. It prevents some of the starch in the food from digesting. The starch becomes a fiber for one hour canceling out some of the effect of starch on blood sugar. .
It makes you feel very full so you don't want to over eat. It helped me lose weight and finally keep it off.

jayabee52 2014-11-13 23:01:03 -0600 Report

I have never heard of "resistant starch fiber" before, Rosalie. What is it and where would one find it?


RosalieM 2014-11-14 07:17:44 -0600 Report

HI Jaybee,
I know not many people know about resistant starch fiber. That is too bad as it is a real help in blood sugar and weight control. Resistant starch fiber is a natural occurring starch that resists digestion. An example is potatoes, when they are hot they raise blood sugar like crazy, when they are cold not so much because of the resistant starch fiber that develops.
I have a resistant starch fiber made from a non GMO, special hybrid variety of corn. It is a very fine corn starch that is heat stable so it will not thicken like regular corn starch.
To do more research about it, Google
Extend Bars, you will find they are sold for diabetics.
They lady in the web site is a former CEO of the American Diabetes Association and an endocrinologist. It is the raw corn starch (resistant starch fiber) that is used in her Extend Products. She has tested it on her diabetic patients. I have been a type two diabetic for over 25 years. I am very healthy with no complications because of the resistant starch fiber I have had for seven years. I can keep the 55 pounds I had when diagnosed off with no problem and a satisfactory diet that is not hard to stick too. Check out the Extend Bars web site to see that I am not a crack pot. Then I will tell you more about it as this post will get too long.

GabbyPA 2014-11-14 08:54:09 -0600 Report

Hi RosalieM,
Would you post a whole new discussion on resistance starch fiber. I find it very interesting and didn't know it was out there. I am sure the community would be very interested to hear more about it.

RosalieM 2014-11-14 09:33:28 -0600 Report

Hi Gabby,
I would be happy to post a new discussion but I have not used this site much and am not sure where to start a new discussion. Can you help me?
My alias is Grandma Rose, I know a lot about diabetes and blood sugar, but not enough about this contraption.

Thanks Grandma Rose

GabbyPA 2014-11-14 13:56:47 -0600 Report

Sure, just go to the top blue bar and click on Discussions. It will take you to the main page and then you will see on the right side a green bar that says "Start a Discussion". Click on that and then you get a title box and a body box to fill in with your discussion. Just pick a few tags or put them in, and then post.

GabbyPA 2014-11-13 06:10:45 -0600 Report

I don't put any bread on the table but the stuffing. I'm not a big stuffing person, so that works. I roast or bake the veggies and always have raw something on the table. I also found that starting with a soup kind of fills the tummy and not so much ends up on my plate. We also generally use the good china and the plates are a perfect size. You can fill them up and not be over stuffed, unless you like to pile. LOL

lilleyheidi 2014-11-13 01:27:57 -0600 Report

I'm not celebrating much this year for thanksgiving, but I am having a slice of pumpkin pie. However, when i'm doing family gathering dinners, i do mashed cauliflower with lowfat sourcream and lowfat cheese instead of mashed taters. A good sized scoop of squash or a sweet potato takes away the sweets cravings and keeps the carbs relatively low. Happy turkey day to you.

Michael_1960 2014-11-12 20:36:43 -0600 Report

Same with me Jeanette, and I like the cranberry sauce as well, and some veggies like green beans, or some coleslaw without the mayonnaise, and the sugar, but with some vinegar, and seasoning.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2014-11-12 20:08:55 -0600 Report

The biggest hack is not using common sense when you sit down to eat dinner. I use teaspoons and tablespoons for carbs. I load up on meat and green veggies. I later have a small slice of cake or pie and I have never had a high.

eatfish97 2014-11-12 16:47:52 -0600 Report

Hi Jeanette ya me too first I drink 20 ozs of water that keeps me from over eating, Then I only eat carb dishes that are made fresh not with soups and dressings in them like that green bean casserole that I love lol. I eat meats unless it is fried there is usually venison ham and Turkey, no desert for me maybe some yogurt with fruit later thanks Ken

Type1Lou 2014-11-12 15:21:40 -0600 Report

No bread, white potatoes, sweet potato casserole, or stuffing on my plate. Lots of meat (turkey or ham) and veggies. If I'm a guest for Thanksgiving, I offer to bring a lower carb dessert so I know there's something "friendly" for me to eat but that is also appealing to others. (e.g. Pumpkin cheesecake or lemon chiffon pie or chocolate chiffon pie made with Splenda…I think I've posted those recipes in DC's recipe section)

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