Enjoy a Healthier Thanksgiving During Diabetes Awareness Month

By November 22, 2019 Blog

It’s National Diabetes Awareness Month and with Thanksgiving around the corner, it is important for those living with Diabetes or who are prediabetic to be mindful of the ingredients going into each meal as it relates to their blood glucose levels.

This year, I will be celebrating Thanksgiving with my roommate’s family. Most of her family members are diabetic, so as a guest in their home, I want to be considerate of their dietary needs – especially during the holidays – a time when it is easy for anyone to ignore healthy habits.  Whether you are diabetic or not, I personally believe everyone could benefit from making a few simple changes over time and by encouraging healthy habits by providing some dishes that taste great and are lower in carbohydrates.

According to the CDC, more than 1 in 3 adults have prediabetes, and 9 out of 10 of them are unaware of it. Making small changes to your diet to reduce risk of diabetes is easy. Today, most people can easily access the internet, making it simple to find ingredient substitutions and new recipes to fit their dietary needs. For those with prediabetes, joining a CDC-recognized lifestyle change program can reduce their risk of developing type 2 diabetes by up to 58%.

Those that know me, understand that I am not experienced in the kitchen. Therefore, I have been put in charge of making the cranberry sauce. Traditional cranberry sauce is loaded with sugar. In fact, one serving of this tasty treat can have more than 22 grams of sugar. That is just taking into consideration the sauce and does not account for the traditional sides and desserts like marshmallow-topped yam casserole, pumpkin pie and pecan pie, etc., which can be packed with sugar. The average thanksgiving dinner is about 3,500 calories and that doesn’t include the carb count!

So, for this year’s festivities, I found a delicious diabetic friendly cranberry sauce recipe online. This recipe has less sugar and is keto and low carb friendly. Plus, it only requires a few ingredients. Note – The recipe uses a low-carb sweetner (erythritol). There are many alternatives to sugar that you can incorporate (my favorite being Stevia).

We wish you and your loved ones a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday! If you are going to enjoy your favorite foods, which I wholeheartedly recommend, I encourage you to try a healthy substitute – you may really like it – and remember to go for a 30-minute walk before or after your Turkey Day nap!