by Carla Murez
Health Day Reporter
TUESDAY, Nov. 22, 2022 (HealthDay News) — Eating a Thanksgiving meal while still maintaining healthy blood sugar levels may seem challenging if you have diabetes, but it’s doable, experts say.
Nearly 40 million Americans deal with it every day, and not just for holiday meals.
To start: Don’t skip breakfast or try to save calories and carbs for later in the day.That just makes you hungrier later in the day and is not conducive to healthy eating, say experts at the MOLLY Center for Adult and Childhood Diabetes Education and Management, part of Hackensack Meridian Health in Maywood, N.J.
Instead, eat a healthy breakfast, such as a frittata with lots of veggies or Greek yogurt with nuts.
Here are some more suggestions:
- For holiday meals, think ahead about what you want most. Scan the table and decide what you will and will not eat.
- Smaller plates can make your plate look fuller while saving some calories.
- Protein — in this case, turkey — will fill you up faster. Not only will this have less of an impact on your blood sugar, but it will reduce your carb cravings. Avoid frying the turkey or adding butter.
- Eat nonstarchy vegetables like asparagus, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, and celery instead of dips and gravies.
- Drinking water, tea or soda instead of sugary drinks can help keep you on track.
- It’s okay to have a small portion of your favorite dessert—take it slowly and enjoy it.
The American Diabetes Association’s Diabetic Food Center has more tips on eating for Thanksgiving.
Source: Hackensack University Medical Center, press release, November 17, 2022