As you may know, November is National Diabetes Month. If you are one of the estimated 29 million Americans with diabetes, or one of the 86 million Americans with prediabetes, you may be wondering how to enjoy one of the most food-laden holidays of the year. Fortunately, you can have your pie and eat it, too.
Do not feel like you have to create a whole new Thanksgiving meal or special diabetic side dishes for those with diabetes. It is a myth that people with diabetes have to follow a special diet. In fact, a healthful diabetes diet is the same healthful diet we should all eat: lean proteins, whole grains, low fat dairy, whole fruit, healthy fats, and lots of non-starchy vegetables. A little less sugar and processed carbohydrates would benefit us all, even at this time of year. You can still enjoy the traditional turkey, gravy and accompaniments by using these tips to make the holiday lighter and more festive for everyone.
For more insight into controlling your diabetes without it controlling you, watch for the Kendall Anderson Nutrition Center’s upcoming Dining with Diabetes program. In the meantime, Happy Thanksgiving!
As seen in the Fort Collins Coloradoan
Melissa Wdowik, PhD, RDN, LDN, FAND
is a nutrition educator with over 20 years experience as a college professor, nutrition coach, presenter and writer, as well as a nutrition consultant and founding director of the Kendall Reagan Nutrition Center.