my first thanksgiving as a diabetic

By realsis77 Latest Reply 2013-11-16 20:37:47 -0600
Started 2010-11-14 10:42:40 -0600

Hi family! I must say I'm a little nervous about this thanksgiving comming up! It will be at my moms and there will be so many temptations there! I am going to feel a bit left out not being able to eat those goodies! I will be bringing my insulin of course but I'm already worried about how I'm going to do! Do you have any advice for me id apperciate it! I'm needing some support now about this! I know I'm going to feel left out. Advice please??

29 replies

Steff_dance_lax 2013-11-16 20:37:47 -0600 Report

I was diagnosed when I was 9. I have type 1. Holidays aren't hard at all. Just watch what you eat. I ate almost all of my halloween candy and my blood sugars were in the low 200s and 100s. My problem is school.? :()

Armourer 2010-11-20 19:57:45 -0600 Report

Three years ago my extended family had a joint diner and I was told not to bring my diabetic foods. I had two cans of v-8, and watched everyone else. The next year I excused myself and didn't go. Then a different doctor who gave me this advice, "Remember to keep portions correct. Cheat a "little" but don't overdue it, and take extra insulin. Then for the next few days be very strict on yourself in eating. A couple times a year won't hurt you." BUT ONLY A COUPLE TIMES A YEAR!!!!!

Brenda_B 2010-11-20 20:20:00 -0600 Report

I like your doctor. You are an adult… Cheating a LITTLE a couple of times a year is not going to kill you. Cheating a lot will.

gregsteele 2010-11-18 16:57:30 -0600 Report

this will be my first thanksgiving as well so i will think of you and try to stay strong knowing you are as well love to all GREG

veggie1962 2010-11-17 13:47:45 -0600 Report

My strategy has always been to search out recipes for traditional holiday foods that are lower in carbs so I don't feel completely left out. Are there particular foods that you think will be difficult for you to pass up?

Also, make sure you test before and after the meal so you can see how you did.

momhargrave 2010-11-16 10:53:48 -0600 Report

The pumpkin roll recipe with ricotta cheese is to die for. Carried it to a church social and eveyone one raved it was my best. Have made these for years, but not with the ricotta. Freezes well too.You can find the recipe here in the recipe section. Happy eating all

momhargrave 2010-11-16 10:47:39 -0600 Report

Last year was my first having diabeties. I always host about 40 people. I ate a nice salad just before everyone arrived, then only added a teaspoon of the things i could not pass up. Even then I didn't eat it all becouse i was full. Got thru the day and praised myself later with small sliver of pie. My glucose at its highest that day was 132. That night I put a message on my mirror to repeat for Christmas.

Graylin Bee
Graylin Bee 2010-11-15 12:30:35 -0600 Report

Hey all you guys already posted my tips. Of course I learned most of them from DC posts this year when it was my first Easter with Diabetes. These tips have helped me survive and even enjoy family get togethers.
1: Eat something that is good for you before you go to the event.
2: Bring your meds and/or insulin. So far for me its metformin.
3: Bring emergency food rations. For me usually nuts. There almost always is a good carb choice hanging around but sometimes protein is scarce.
4: Eat a little of what is the most tempting and resonable amonts of the healthy and safe foods. Remember this well known scientificly proven fact. The very first bite of food tastes the best. Savor that first bite to it's utmost. If I try to ignore the tempting less carb friendly item I'll cave in later and overindulge.
5: Enjoy the people there.
6: Be creative. I often volunteer to bring a dessert. That way I get the fun of making something that tastes good, is more carb friendly, and I don't have to eat all of it myself. I come from a long line of dessert makers, so sometimes I don'tneed to make one. Even the often present chocolate fountain has proven beneficial. There's always apples and strawberries for dunking. I just eat mine au natural.
7: Have one of your favorite healthy snacks waiting for you when you get home. A special treat waiting for me that I really love can keep me away from things that I only like.
8: If I mess up, there's always the next event to do better at.

Mrs. Alilce
Mrs. Alilce 2010-11-16 13:02:10 -0600 Report

Excellent summary! Exactly on the mark. . send it to the Diabetic Living magazine as a contributing editor. I too take a small taste on my plate of something I used to love. Funny thing, I'm not sure if I "love" it or the comfort and tradition of it. We have been doing it healthy for years family wide. I season green peas and whipped potatoes with chicken buillion and my best low fat margerine. Cranberry, pineapple, etc in nosugar Jello, Roast a 7 lb turkey breast in a crock drizzeled with Dales low sodium. Cover with foil overnight on low. Tender and juicy! Tell us how it goes.

CaliKo 2010-11-14 16:32:44 -0600 Report

Last year it was just us and my parents and my first diabetic year. I was hosting and prepared Cornish game hens with lots of vegetable choices, I don't remember exactly what. This year will be harder as we travel to my sister's, but I plan to have turkey without gravy, skip the potatoes and pie, and fill up on vegetables. I'm taking a roasted eggplant dip with vegetables to blanch to go with, and Tommy's low-carb pumpkin cheesecake, which I'll enjoy a half-piece. Good luck!

rdd6563 2010-11-14 15:14:07 -0600 Report

Our diabetic counselor say's don't say you CAN'T have anything. Keep your focus on the family and friends that will be there and not the food. Very hard to do I know becuase am a HUGH foodie. I love everything about food even down to shopping for it and cooking it. I have a hugh family that gets together for holidays and I just focus on making sure I get one on one time with each person there instead of focusing on the food. If there is a dessert that I really, really want, I will just take a very small piece (like 3-4 bites worth) so that I still get the flavor but not all the sugar. Just make sure you eat enough protien to balance out the extra carbs. Try not to over eat but enjoy yourself. Good luck, God bless and best wishes for a Happy Thanksgiving.

jeffrey9127 2010-11-14 11:51:43 -0600 Report

Eat at home before you go to your Mom's house and put very small portions of the things you would like to eat on a plate. If you are too hungry when you go, you will be tempted to overeat those things that you know that you should'nt have. Try to make the gathering the most important part of the day. Not the food. Good luck! Have confidence in yourself! You will do fine!

Kirla 2010-11-14 11:02:02 -0600 Report

I go to my sisters on most holidays. I found it a lot easier than what I expected. I just eat more turkey and pick the low carb vegetables to eat. I found the squash pretty good and it doesn’t spike my blood sugar. I also found that I can eat a very small amount of mash potatoes with gravy, stuffing and corn. One small spoon full. It works for me. For desert I bring my own. My mom and sister both like my pumpkin cake and for thanksgiving I bring my low carb pumpkin pie. Every one likes it better than the real ones. I am going to post the pumpkin cake or pumpkin bread recipe on my website in a few days. Lately I have been also eating my pumpkin ice cream. I should be posting that soon also. Just relax and pick the foods that are lower carb. I haven’t gone hungry yet.

Good luck

madukes2010 2010-11-19 20:42:01 -0600 Report

Hi, this is my first holiday with diabetes. I was only diagnosed 2 weeks ago. All I can think of is my Dad who had diabetes and passed from the complications of this illness. Thank you for saying you can eat some of the things you enjoy, but in controlled amounts. I was afraid to eat, but have been researching what is allowed and what quantities. My doctor scared me with all of the CANNOT eat this or that. I am glad to have others who are struggling with me and are willing to tell what can work. Again thank you. I will try to enjoy this amazing season of family and celebration of my new life.

RAYT721 2010-11-14 10:54:28 -0600 Report

You will feel left out if you think and focus on what you CAN'T have. Rather make a conscious effort to focus on what you CAN have. A taste of this or that, used with common sense, is not going to throw you over the edge. Diabetes management is a matter of control. Bring your own food/snacks if you have to. You know what's right and wrong. I am sure the stress and frustrations are going to be more damaging to you than the food you're worried about. Think ahead. The reason for the celebration is to be thankful for what you, not envious or stressed for what you don't or shouldn't have. You are a pretty strong and bright woman, kiddo!!! Just remember, dear Friend, that I will be with you on the holiday. Actually I will be with you all. Happy Thanksgiving, Everyone!!!

RAYT721 2010-11-14 11:09:07 -0600 Report

In fact this is MY first Diabetic Thanksgiving also. Rather than a traditional buffet style holiday menu for just my wife and I, we are going to have rotisserie chicken (instead of turkey), mashed potatoes, green beans, and some low carb desserts to last the weekend. It's just the two of us. There's no need for the rolls and stuffing and cranberry sauce and trimmings. What I am most thankful for is having a wonderful wife than what's on the plate is down the list … way down the list.

What's in the heart is often more important than what's on the menu.

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