Meal Tricks Diabetics Should Know for Thanksgiving

Enjoying Thanksgiving dinner without hurting afterwards doesn’t have to feel like a sacrifice. You can partake in the festivities and walk away feeling great!

A wonderful tradition my family and I have gotten into is signing up for a Turkey Trot or some kind of 5K walk or run on Thanksgiving morning. Get in a good workout and it’ll set the tone for the rest of the day. You’ll remember how hard you worked and it’ll help keep you from overindulging later.

After that, refuel with a high protein breakfast. Maybe some eggs and gluten free toast and fruit or Steel Cuts oats with berries and protein powder or hemp seeds mixed in. Try snacking on some raw almonds or walnuts before you reach your destination. It’s best not to arrive hungry.

If there are appetizers, maybe try a few bites and drink lots of water. When it’s time for dinner, serve yourself a small helping of the things you love. Again, drink lots of water while eating your meal. Try to eat slowly so as not to overeat. If you want to take it a step further and have a healthier dinner, try the turkey without gravy and lots of green veggies or salad (presuming they’re not loaded with cheese or salad dressing). The insides of a pumpkin pie make a great dessert as well.
Thanksgiving doesn’t necessarily mean you need to leave with a stomach ache. Food is obviously a big part of the day but focus on the company and the meaning of the day and you’ll leave fulfilled.

Optimal nutrition on a budget

Optimal nutrition on a budget

Here are some tips to optimal nutrition on a budget:

1. Stick to the perimeter of the grocery store. Protein, fresh fruits and vegetables are much cheaper and healthier than the packaged goods in the middle. Packaged foods also tend to contain preservatives, and extra salt & sugar in order to make it last longer on a shelf.

2. Stick to Organic for mainly the “Dirty Dozen”.
Produce such as strawberries, celery, spinach, cherries, tomatoes, sweet bell peppers, apples, nectarines, peaches, grapes, cherry tomatoes & cucumbers have been proven to contain a higher amount of pesticide residue.

3. Another great tip if you’re trying to save money is to rotate buying Organic versus Conventional. That way your body never gets too much of one thing.

4. Buy produce according to what’s on sale and in season. Buy extra and freeze it to have on hand for later.

5. Keep an eye out for grocery store sales and meal plan around that. Meal prep is key to making the most out of each item you buy. Often times, things are wasted because there was no plan for it. If you make salmon & roasted veggies one night maybe have it on a salad for lunch the next day or over brown rice pasta for dinner. Buy things with options in mind.

6. Pack your lunch instead of eating out. If you planned right you could spend $5 on meals for your whole day. You could spend $7-$10 just eating out at lunch, not to mention the added sodium.

Eating healthy doesn’t have to be expensive. It just takes a little thought and planning. But it’s worth it to keep your body functioning at its absolute best!