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Thankful for a Diabetic-Friendly Thanksgiving: Diabetic and Diet Tips for the Holidays

Posted on: November 24th, 2011 by LAMedicalBlogger

Are you newly diabetic and nervous about eating the wrong foods at family Thanksgivings?  Don’t let these new diet restrictions ruin your holiday season.  Here are a few helpful tips to get you through Thanksgiving whether you are watching your blood glucose levels or are just watching your caloric intake for the holidays.

Meal Times

More often than not, families choose to eat at strange times during holidays.  This time change is a challenge for diabetics as your body is use to meal times.  You may need to plan ahead for a change in meal times by having a small snack ready at normal meal time to keep your blood glucose levels from getting too low.

Go Green

Thanksgiving dinners are typically high in carbohydrates and lack decent helpings of green vegetables.  Offe

r to bring a leafy green salad or steamed broccoli and cauliflower to your family gathering so that you have a non-starchy option.

Picky Eating

I know you want to sample each and every delicious dish on the table, but resist.  Pick your favori

te side dishes and forget the rest.  If you really want to sample everything on the table, be sure to take small portions only.

Physical Activity

With NFL games, the Macy’s Day Parade and classic holiday movies on television, no to mention full bellies, there isn’t much drive to get out and go for a run.  We recommend making physical activity a family tradition.  Go on a walk as a family, have a light game of touch-football or kickball, or even visit a local park for some Frisbee with the family dog.

We hope these tips are helpful during the holidays and please let us know if you have any questions.  Thanks for reading and from everyone at LA Medical Retail, have a wonderful Thanksgiving!  Don’t forget – everyone who “likes” us on our Facebook page receives $10 off their next purchase of $50 or more.  Keep this in mind for ordering helpful daily living aid products for Christmas for your elderly family members!