5 Ways to Stay on Track for Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving poses a tough challenge for those of us trying to keep blood glucose, fat intake, and cholesterol under control. There’s nothing wrong with splurging today, but try to make sure it’s only for today. Don’t let the fact that you went off your meal plan for Thanksgiving give you permission to eat whatever you want between now and New Year’s.

Thanksgiving tips for diabetes

Thanksgiving Tips for People with Diabetes

  1. Have your Thanksgiving dinner early in the day. Plan your meal as a late lunch, then you’ll have plenty of time to digest before going to bed.
  2. Taste everything (emphasis on taste). Feel free to have a few bites of everything on the table – even foods that are typically off-limits. Have plenty of turkey and low-carb vegetables, but only small portions of stuffing, potatoes, rolls, gravy and dessert. Don’t deprive yourself, but don’t go crazy.
  3. Take a walk with your family or participate in a friendly game of touch football. Make exercise as much a part of your celebration as the food.
  4. Send high-carb leftovers home with others. You keep the turkey.
  5. Get back on track tomorrow. Don’t beat yourself up for going off your meal plan for one day. Just make sure you don’t let it become a habit.

I would love to hear how you stay on track during the holidays. Who has a good tip?


  1. Wendy says

    I think staying active helped me over Thanksgiving. Not only did I host dinner, I walked on my treadmill early in the morning. Cleaning the house also helped! For dinner, I did as you suggest and took only small portions of the foods I wanted most and limited myself to one plate. No desserts were served. We had enough sweetness with sweet potato casserole and a crunchy cranberry salad. The result – I lost one pound over Thanksgiving week.

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