By linda653 Latest Reply 2014-11-23 14:08:14 -0600
Started 2014-11-17 22:36:00 -0600

I'm preparing myself mentally for this Thanksgiving, since it is my Very First thanksgiving as a diabetic. I'm used to eating everything that is cooked at least twice. Now that I'm watching what I eat I feel like I'm making this huge feast for my family, while I get stuck eating turkey and salad on the side. :(

How do y'all get through the holidays without having your bg's skyrocket????

Boy this is harder then it seams.

22 replies

oink66 2014-11-22 02:05:26 -0600 Report

11/22/14, Don't stress about it enjoy yourself and your family. I plan to cook and eat, but watch the amount per meal settings. Weather is supposed to be mild about 54 degrees, I can get out and take a 15 minute walk after I eat. And if it's too cold I have stairs in my apartment in this way I can walk up and down my 12 stairs a few times and feel a since of accomplishment (lol) : )

linda653 2014-11-22 11:09:23 -0600 Report

Would be nice but my asthma is chronic right now, stairs n me don't do well. N it should be in the 40's here too cold to walk lol

roxanne bohnnow
roxanne bohnnow 2014-11-19 17:12:23 -0600 Report

Got a new one for everyone, your going to love this because I really do, and I know good food. Enjoy.

Creamy pumpkin pie

Preparation time: 15 minutes
Chilling time: 3 hours

1 cup skim milk
2 (1-ounce) packages instant vanilla sugar-free pudding mix
1/2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
1 can (15 ounces) pumpkin
1 (9-inch) graham cracker pie crust
1 cup fat-free whipped topping

In a medium mixing bowl, mix skim milk, pudding mix, and pumpkin pie spice together until well blended (this mixture will be thick). Add pumpkin and mix well. Spread pumpkin mixture in pie crust. Top pumpkin layer with whipped topping and refrigerate for at least 3 hours or up to two days.

Yield: 8 servings
Serving size: 1/8 pie
Nutrition Facts

Per Serving:
Calories: 185
Carbohydrate: 32
Protein: 4 g
Fat: 5 g
Saturated fat: 1 g
Sodium: 449 mg
Fiber: 2 g

Exchanges per serving: 2 starch, 1 fat
Carbohydrate choices: 2

Dr Gary
Dr GaryCA 2014-11-19 07:44:57 -0600 Report

Hi Linda,

Preparing yourself mentally is a really good idea. It has been my experience that having to watch what you eat can be a time to shift your perspective on Thanksgiving. Sure it's about the food, but also about spending time with family, enjoying each other's company, being thankful for the blessings of life. When you focus on the big picture of the holiday, this Thanksgiving can feel more like a day of pluses instead of one big minus.

I know this is a big milestone for you. And a challenge. I wish you a fantastic Thanksgiving, and hope you and your family enjoy the day together.

Take good care of yourself!


linda653 2014-11-19 21:04:44 -0600 Report

Thank you so much!…it's a rough road but slowly I'm changing my lifestyle to better myself. Mentally accepting change IS THE HARDEST :(

sandyfrazzini 2014-11-18 14:39:35 -0600 Report

I can relate to how you are feeling, In my family Thanksgiving is about football, eating, napping and then turkey sandwiches and pumpkin pie. Eat what you want and watch your portion sizes, I think the biggest thing here is to test often, when you are eating things that you don't normally have all year round and see how the affect your blood sugar levels, you could even try to introduce a new dish or two that are more diabetic friendly, you don't have to even tell anyone that it's healthier until later. Either way just enjoy the holiday and try not to stress, that's not good for the blood sugar either.

linda653 2014-11-18 15:33:09 -0600 Report

Thanks! Lol somebody relates!…my family is big on eating dancing eating n dancing some more :) it's usually a big party.

oink66 2014-11-22 01:54:52 -0600 Report

11/22/14 Well at least enjoy the dancing, your moving the sugars around and getting exercise as well as burning calories and most of all having fun ; )

suecsdy 2014-11-18 12:51:24 -0600 Report

I found a recipe for cranberry relish that is made with a sugar substitute and a sweet potato casserole that is also diabetic friendly. There will be real homemade bread tho. I will just have to have less of it. It's a family tradition and also there is pleasure to be had just from the making of it, plus my grandsons love it. Also plan on some kind of apple desert, just haven't settled on a recipe yet. Happy Thanksgiving Y'all.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2014-11-18 20:59:19 -0600 Report

I have a recipe for Apple Downside Up cake and Jewish Apple cake and neither are diabetic friendly. I haven't made homemade bread in years. Happy Thanksgiving to you to.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2014-11-18 20:58:51 -0600 Report

I have a recipe for Apple Downside Up cake and Jewish Apple cake and neither are diabetic friendly. I haven't made homemade bread in years. Happy Thanksgiving to you to.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2014-11-18 20:57:42 -0600 Report

I have a recipe for Apple Downside Up cake and Jewish Apple cake and neither are diabetic friendly. I haven't made homemade bread in years. Happy Thanksgiving to you to.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2014-11-18 11:59:47 -0600 Report

The holidays are only hard if you choose to make them hard. I have never had a problem with high blood sugar over the holidays because I use common sense.

I don't eat everything twice at one sitting. I have never done that. Just because it is cooked and on the table does not mean you have to eat like you will never eat again in life.

Why are you just eating turkey and salad? What happened to other veggies? I use a tablespoon and teaspoon to fill my plate and I end up with all the fixings for dinner and that is all I eat. Much later in the evening I have dessert.

I don't eat any more or any less on Thanksgiving or any other holiday than any other day. In my opinion I think people choose to make holidays difficult when they don't have to be. You and only you are responsible for what and how much you eat

linda653 2014-11-19 21:13:22 -0600 Report

To understand my problem is to understand an addict. Food is an addiction. Although I'm not a 200+ lb person who does nothing but eat all day I do love food. And since i have enjoyed my holidays eating food that I may not otherwise enjoy year round it's hard changing instantly.

So maybe you have common sense when it comes to meals some of us have a lack of control or self discipline when it come to eating on holidays. And yes I am one to eat a meal twice on thanksgiving. It may not be in one sitting but definitely in the same night.

I hear your advice and take it to consideration.


Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2014-11-19 22:37:12 -0600 Report

I love to eat and I love food but I learned self control and self discipline in order to keep my blood sugar under control. I hope you don't think my first diabetic Thanksgiving was great, it was fantastic because I learned what I could and could not eat. I used teaspoons and tablespoons to fill my plate. The thing is it is only one day and I know that even if I go high that day, I will be right back on track the next day. Self discipline and self control are learned behaviors. You can learn them. Don't worry about the Holiday enjoy the time with your family.

roxanne bohnnow
roxanne bohnnow 2014-11-18 09:17:35 -0600 Report

For me a whole new world of food and flavors opened up to take the place of junk foods. If you want more then just turkey and salad try this.
Low-Carb Sweet Potato Casserole
By Nikki Sheriff
You can avoid traditional sweet potato recipes that are closer to dessert than to a side dish. This wonderful recipe will remind you of when you were young, but keep your blood sugars in check.
• 8 medium sweet potatoes, peeled and cubed
• 1/3 cup orange juice
• 1/4 cup half & half
• 1 egg white
• 3 TBS coconut oil
• 2 TBS Splenda brown sugar
• 1 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
• 3/4 tsp cinnamon
• 3/4 tsp nutmeg
• 1/4 tsp salt
• 1/4 cup chopped pecans
• zest of 1 orange
1. Boil the potatoes in salted water until tender.
2. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
3. Grease a medium sized casserole dish and set aside.
4. When potatoes are done, strain them and pour into a large bowl.
5. Add the orange juice and half & half and whip with a hand mixer.
6. Add the egg white, coconut oil and sugar, and beat until well mixed.
7. Add the vanilla, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg and blend.
8. Pour into prepared casserole dish and top with pecans and orange zest.
9. Cover with foil and bake for 30 minutes.
10. Remove foil and bake an additional 15 minutes.
11. Remove from oven and serve.
12. Makes approximately 18 servings of 1/2 cup.

Nutritional Facts
Calories 95
Total Fat 4g
Saturated Fat 0g
Sodium 55mg
Carbohydrates 14g
Dietary Fiber 2g
Protein 1g

jayabee52 2014-11-19 07:49:51 -0600 Report

Roxanne, If you haven't already done so, please share this on the recipes section. You may find the link for the recipes section at the top of most pages in the dark blue band.

It would be appreciated by many who only come to DC for diabetes friendly recipes. Also should someone want this recipe in future years it would much easier to find than something buried in the discussions.


On Top Of It !
On Top Of It ! 2014-11-18 06:26:57 -0600 Report

Dear Linda, Good Morning !
Honey, you just need to learn you can eat a million awesome foods with Diabetes. Why are you just having turkey and a salad ?? What happened to the good vegs.?? I know you are just getting adjusted to having this disorder and have only been told what you can't have or do. First go to, I get e-mails every day with wonderful recipes and tips on managing the condition. Also,go to the Diabetes Association, recipes, sheets lists of foods you can eat, serving size, carb. count and calorie count.
Learn to cook for your family and cook your wonderful meal. It means many times you will be eating something different than your family, but you will be eating something just as delicious or better ! When you first are diagnosed with the condition your not sure what your suppose to do. You have to learn to prepare meals that will give your body the nutrients it needs. You can even have some of the sweet treats at the Holidays just have a very small amount, it will satisfy your sweet tooth, just balance your carbs with what you ate. We are under the misconception that you have to overeat portion size to be satisfied, that is not true even if you don't have Diabetes.
Please, when you have time check my post on the discussion board this morning, you might find it helpful.
Have a wonderful holiday with your family and for goodness sake don't feel deprived.
Toni, Your Friend

RosalieM 2014-11-23 14:08:14 -0600 Report

Roxanne, you can lower the carb count of your recipe further. Grind some nuts in food processor or blender, use them in place of graham crackers, use whole milk (skim has more carbs). Replace the pudding (it has regular corn starch in it)with some full fat cream cheese and a little vanilla. Fat free whipped topping likely has sugar. Whip your own cream and sweeten with Splenda. It is the carbohydrates that clog your arteries and cause weight gain, not fat. You could add some resistant starch fiber if you can find it. It would raise the fiber a quite a bit. A good thing.
Grandma Rose

haoleboy 2014-11-17 23:00:55 -0600 Report

I stick to the turkey and salad and enjoy it … I do not consider it "getting stuck", rather that I am making sure that I will be around to enjoy many more thanksgivings with my family .