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Happy Thanksgiving!

The holidays are my favorite time of year. The first time I smell the cool, fall air and feel the crunch of the leaves under my feet, I start looking forward to what the next few months are going to bring. Family, friends, making memories, and eating delicious food are some of the greatest parts about the holidays. Grandma’s mashed potato recipe, mom’s homemade apple pie. It wouldn’t be Thanksgiving without them, right?

Here are a few tips and tricks to enjoying your Thanksgiving feast!

Bring your own dish to pass

Having a dish that you made with all the ingredients you know will treat your blood sugars well is key. That way, if you are unsure of how your body will respond to some of the other menu options, you have a good backup. Try for a non-starchy vegetable such as a salad or broccoli. High fiber choices such as these have extra benefits, like slowing the rate of sugar released into the blood stream.

Watch portion sizes

Many of our favorite Thanksgiving recipes are loaded with butter and sugar (sweet potato casserole, anyone?). Try to take small portions, such as half a scoop, of these sides and leave the other side of your plate open for those free vegetable options and turkey.

Eat slowly

Thanksgiving is about spending time with family and enjoying dinner together. Take the time to savor your meal and you may find that you are more full than you expected to be and no longer need seconds.

Consider your drinks

Today may not be the day to splurge on beer or wine when there are so many other options for carbohydrates on the menu. Water is the perfect beverage to hydrate and fill you up.

Be aware of all ingredients

Did you know that cranberry sauce is loaded with sugar? Many people also think that stuffing is a healthy option since it often contains carrots and celery. But remember, bread is the main ingredient, which means it is high in carbohydrates. Add mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes and dessert to the menu and you have a carb-loaded plate. Consider portion sizing your favorites and filling up on the lower carbohydrate options such as turkey and salad.

Consider a physical activity

Whether it is a brisk walk around the neighborhood, or a game of flag football, adding some physical activity to the day can help regulate blood sugar levels. Encourage your family to come along and start a new tradition!

Enjoy yourself

After all, Thanksgiving is about being thankful for the wonderful life you have!

Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!

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