Low Carb Alternatives for Popular Thanksgiving Dishes
You may have heard the adage “gobble until you wobble” before, and can sense the uncomfortable feeling of fullness that many of us experience on Thanksgiving. Although Thanksgiving is only just one day, it can certainly be a challenging one for people with diabetes who are trying to maintain good blood sugar control and their weight. The holiday season in general can be a struggle, because we tend to focus less on our health, diet and exercise. You can still balance in your favorite holiday foods without sabotaging your blood sugars, but it is important to plan ahead. Although meal plans are individualized, many people with diabetes try to limit carbohydrate intake to below 45-60g/carbohydrates per meal. Since many of our traditional holiday foods are high in carbohydrates, it is very easy to exceed that. Especially if eaten in excessive amounts it can significantly increase blood sugars and also contribute to those unwanted holiday pounds!
Low carb holiday food swaps
Try these small swaps below to still savor the flavors of your favorite holiday foods and dishes:
Keep in mind the above nutrition facts are averages and may vary depending on various recipes or brands.
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