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Cooking Basics: Tips for Thanksgiving
November 22, 2010
One of the busiest travel — and eating — days is upon us this week.
Thanksgiving is a day for us to reflect on all the good things in our lives and of course, be thankful for them. For some, it’s also a day for overeating (too many carbs!), watching football, and perhaps sneaking in a nap. Nothing wrong with that unless Thanksgiving Day extends into Thanksgiving weekend. But whatever your plans are and whatever you eat, make sure you enjoy yourself, count your carbohydrates, check your blood glucose, and try to squeeze in a walk or two.
Sometimes people with diabetes face the holidays with a sense of impending dread. It can seem so hard to figure out portions, carbohydrates, calories, and insulin doses. And try as you might, blood glucose levels frequently run higher than you would like. Other people feel guilty for eating a piece of pie or having stuffing, mashed potatoes, and a roll. Some stick to Atkins-like meals, filling up on turkey with a few celery stalks and olives thrown in for good measure.
There’s no real right or wrong way to approach Thanksgiving. You need to find out what works best for you. However, since it’s quite common for people to overindulge somewhat on this feasting day, one recommendation I have for you is to eat breakfast Thursday morning. What? Eat more carbohydrate/calories/fat? Yes. Avoid the practice of “fasting” all morning and saving up your food allotment for the big meal.
Eat Breakfast: You’ll Be Thankful You Did
What Makes Up a Good Breakfast?
It’s also completely understandable that time is of the essence in the morning. Most of us are rushing off to work or school or helping kids/spouses get off to work or school, so a quick and easy breakfast is what will work best. Maybe getting up 10 or 15 minutes earlier will give you the time you need to eat something. Getting food ready the night before can help, too. There are no rules about what to eat, but a healthful breakfast includes the following:
Why all these foods? No one food gives you all of the nutrients that you need. And eating just carbohydrate for breakfast means that your blood glucose may spike higher than you want a few hours later and then dip down. You’re also likely to feel hungrier, sooner. Carbohydrates give you energy, but foods with protein and fat have staying power. Fruits and veggies give you vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and fiber that your standard multivitamin pill doesn’t quite measure up to.
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