I love, love, love Thanksgiving. Memories, food, family, and old movies make it a cozy, comfortable day. Not if you’re a diabetic and didn’t prepare for the challenge. DO NOT hate the day. DO NOT begrudge your situation. You can make it work–really. You can satisfy your wants and remain healthy about your choices.
“Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” (1 Thessalonians 5_16-18 NIV)
Pre Thanksgiving Meal:
* Be sure to get my workout in with about 30 minutes of cardio.
* Try to start the day in the zone (70-120).
* Start with a hearty breakfast, which happens to be my favorite meal.
* Eat light the rest of the day until my main meal, which should be in the early evening.
* Check my glucose often and try to stay in under 150.
- Stick to the 2fer plan: 2 times the protein for every carb you even take on your plate.
- Have lot’s of turkey: The turkey itself is actually a very healthy bird. It’s a good source of protein.
- Stuff the stuffing: Stuffing packs a calorie, fat and carb wallop. It’s dense, usually made with bread, saturated in butter and has more molecular weight than a black hole in outer space. Have a small portion.
- Bread: Dinner rolls are awesome–cut one in half, give the other half to the person sitting next to you
- SWEETS: Oh boy–try one spoonful of each. Simply limit the portions–don’t totally deprive yourself.
- Start a way cool NEW tradition: After dinner–EVERYONE in the house has to go outside and do something cardio–walk, run, snowball fight, wrestle, jump up and down…
The tryptophan in turkey does not make you SLEEPY–the extra carb load and food does!