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Thanksgiving With Diabetes – Not as much work as you’d think!

Posted on: November 23rd, 2014 by JayHawkPharmacyBlogger


When someone thinks of November, chances are they think of Thanksgiving. When people think of Thanksgiving, they usually think of a Thanksgiving Dinner complete with turkey, potatoes, gravy, stuffing, and, of course, pie. With that said, people with diabetes may not be nearly as excited about that.  However, there is hope!  The last post of our series brings you tips to stay true to your diabetic diet, while still enjoying Thanksgiving dinner in all of its glory.

Thanksgiving With Diabetes: Food Tips
The main course is usually the most tantalizing for most people.  You can now breathe a sigh of relief, because turkey is actually on the list of proteins that are good to include in your diet.  You should take it easy on the gravy, though.

A common side dish that you see a lot at Thanksgiving dinner is some kind of vegetable.  Much like the turkey, as long as these vegetables are non-starchy, there is no limit to the amount you can include in your diet.  A few examples of non-starchy vegetables include:

  • Broccoli
  • Cauliflower
  • Beets
  • Carrots

 A lot of people add cheese to some of these vegetables, and while we would recommend taking it easy on that, as long as it is reduced fat cheese it should be alright in moderation.

Thanksgiving With Diabetes: Drink Tips
What’s that you say? You’d like to enjoy a glass of wine with Thanksgiving dinner like everyone else?  This usually is very dependent on the individual and their personal condition.  The rule of thumb is that women with diabetes should have no more than one drink per day, while men with diabetes should have no more than two drinks per day.  Just to clarify, one drink is equivalent to the following:

  • 12 ounce beer
  • 5 ounce glass of wine
  • 1 ½ ounce of distilled spirits (vodka, whiskey, gin, etc…)

There are a few precautions to follow, which on Thanksgiving Day shouldn’t be a problem.  Make sure to not drink on an empty stomach or when blood glucose is low.  If you choose to drink, it is safest to have your drink with your meal.  Be sure, though, to run all of this by your physician prior to going through with this.

We at Jayhawk Pharmacy hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving with your loved ones, and we hope you have enjoyed our series this month.

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