Training for Thanksgiving Dinner


I know.  The Big Day is nearing.  You’re ready.  You’ve been training for what you need to do.  You just need to put your head down and do it.  It’s going to be daunting.  Few will succeed.  But, you can do it.

You can eat at Thanksgiving. But, it might be a good idea to know what you are eating.

I recently read an article which said the total number of carbs consumed during that one meal is 377.  And, that’s just in one serving!  Who has just one serving?  One plate is just a warm-up for seconds, right?  Well, if you get that second plate, you will consume about 725 carbs.  Guess what will happen to your blood glucose.  Can you say the words “sky-rocket?”

Look, food is going to be around; there’s no hiding from it.  And, the temptation to have just a little will be overwhelming.  A little of this; a little of that…maybe a second helping since the first one was so small.  There weren’t that many mashed potatoes on your plate, were there? And, there’s no sugar in cranberries, is there?

So, a suggestion: before you even prepare the food or arrive at wherever you are eating – make a plan. You have to think about what you are going to eat.  Turkey is fine – zero carbs.  Have as much as you want – and snooze afterward thanks to the tryptophan, which occurs naturally in turkey.

And, your Aunt Mary made her special mashed potatoes. She would be hurt if you didn’t have any, right?  So, have a taste – a small portion – a table spoon, not a serving spoon.  Go big on the salad and vegetables – no need to be afraid of vegetables unless they are swimming in Uncle Lou’s special sauce – then use common sense.

But, for those of us with Diabetes, the one thing to stay away from is sweet potatoes with marshmallows.   Absolutely stay away.  “But, Phil, those are The Best.”  Yeah, I know, but the carbs in the SWEET potatoes and marshmallows are so high that there is no amount that you can have that won’t effect your glucose.  There are fewer carbs in a slice of pie than there are in a serving of Sweet Potatoes and marshmallows.  Think about that for a moment before you have them.

Let’s be serious for a moment longer.  I know food holds a special place for us; and it’s something I will be going into in the near future.  If we could just turn off our cravings, or desire for certain foods, it would make being a Diabetic – monitoring our glucose and losing weight – so much easer.  It would mean more of us would be successful in our War On Diabetes.  But, the truth is that it’s hard. There are just so many thoughts and emotions wrapped up in food.

So, as you go to your Thanksgiving feasts, please approach them with common sense.  I know it’s just one day, but that one day can lead to other days when you decide to not stick to the diet you know works for you.

Your fight with Diabetes or Prediabetes is a daily battle that you can win.  A touch of common sense with a dash of ‘just say no’ can make a huge difference in your War.

As always, thank you for reading.


I am not a doctor or health professional. I am just a guy who is working everyday to control Type 2 Diabetes. My goal is to offer hope, help and solutions for day-to-day living for the diabetic. The disease can be controlled. It can be managed. And, you can do it!

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One comment on “Training for Thanksgiving Dinner
  1. beetleypete says:

    Sweet potatoes with marshmallows? Is that actually a dish served over there Phil? You are right to caution against it. Mind you, we have roast potatoes here, cooked in oil until crispy outside, so probably equally as bad. The festive season approaches, and you are right and proper to be ready with your advice.
    Regards from England as always, Pete.

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