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Old 11-13-2012, 02:35   #1
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Ok, I was officially diagnosed on Sept 04, 2012, however, I've had symptoms for awhile. I'm quite new at this and very determined to get my levels under control.

Problem coming up is Thanskgiving. I'm looking to adjust my recipies, etc, so we can all enjoy. I might even consider making some dishes seperate for myself. This is all an experiment. However, I find friends and family seem to want to challenge me. Oh, come on, you can have some, you aren't fat! Hey, I never said I was--5'5", 145, is not fat. Most people equate a "diet" with weight loss. If I explain its not "fat" I'm diabetic, that creates a stir. Oh, you're not diabetic, you just think you are, or there's no one in the family with diabetes, or you just worry too much, yadda, yadda.....

Well, this year, I want to just stay home. No visits, no visitors, just me, dh and the kids. I'm too insecure yet to take this show on the road. I'm still trying to figure out myself what foods affect me, etc.

Does anyone else have family/friends who try to sabatoge their efforts? I don't understand it.....one more thing to deal with!

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I am looking for alternative recipes for Thanksgiving too.

I went back and found your introductory post just see where you were when you started this journey. I see that you and I were DX'd on the same day! But I have just been on Metformin so my progress getting the BG down is slower.

When first diagnosed, I explained it to my family this way: I have diabetes. that means my body is unable to process blood glucose normally. Not only does sugar raise blood sugar, but carbohydrates raise it too. In order to control my diabetes, I have to try to reduce my blood sugar to a level that my body can handle. That means I have to severely limit my carbohydrates." And that is usually all the explanation that is needed. They are often surprised by what I can eat (like full fat butter) and by what I can't eat (not even one small potato or slice of bread). They are learning as I am learning.

To anyone that says you are not a diabetic.... well wow! Your initial BG was pretty high and if you and your doctor had not caught it then you may well have gone into ketacidosis and landed in the hospital. Maybe you should tell that, like how serious does it have to get for them to believe it ? And I think at the bottom of the "oh you don't have diabetes" remarks is their own fear -- if you have it, then maybe they have it too, or may get it down the road. And that is a form of denial.

At the time of my DX, I thought there was no family history of diabetes, so my doctor was shocked at how high my BG was (402, A1C 12.7). But I asked members of my mother's family and found out I have an uncle that has diabetes, and most likely my maternal grandmother had it too. So I lost the genetic lottery on that one (and got ADD too). It happens.

Anyway, I have tried the faux mashed potatoes made with cauliflower and my family liked them. I htink I have figured out how to make my stuffing. Coming up with low carb side dishes should be easy, and there have been recipes posted in this forum for LC pumpkin pie. I will make the meal as low carb as I can, but heck it is just one day of the year, and I intend to enjoy the meal

~~ Gretchen ~~

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Yeah, this year I'm having the dinner with children of friends who don't have a clue, so I imagine there might be a salad (hopefully) that I can have with the turkey. It is with the daughter of a friend is diabetic, but ignores it and takes meds for control, but at least warned me! Last year I took casserole of cauliflower and Brusselslsprouts that I could eat with the turkey!

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Can you post your recpie for califlower & brussel sprouts?

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I am having sf jello with cottage cheese, the sf pumpkin cheese cake we all make(lol), Oopsie rolls, turkey, I can eat green bean casserole, cauliflower fake potato salad, broccoli salad, deviled eggs, celery stuffed with cream cheese sprinkled with seasoning salt, still thinking.lol
Everyone else will have turkey, green bean casserole, rolls, broccoli salad, deviled eggs, real potato salad, celery stuffed with pimento cheese and of course dressing and cranberry sauce.
I still can't find a stuffing sub for me. I tried the flax one last year and it was awful. I may have found one with Oopsie rolls I might try.
Still think Golden Corral would be best....turkey, salad, all kinds of protein, deviled eggs, baked fish and safe veggies etc and no dishes to wash. Lol

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If people get nosy you can always say that you PREFER meat and green vegetables. Here is what I am having for thanksgiving this year:

Turkey with Flourless Gravy
Mashed Garlic Cauliflower
Brussels Sprouts with Bacon
Unsweetened Butternut Squash Casserole (a VERY small portion)
Peanut Butter Caramel Shortbread Bars

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I'm only cooking Thanksgiving dinner for two, so it's going to be a small-ish meal this year. No need to over-eat; I'd just like to be pleasantly full.

I'm planning on making a roast, chilled broccoli salad, smoked gouda cauliflower, and a pumpkin cheesecake with some homemade whipped cream.

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From the lighter side. Cleo's recipe.
Think I will try it.
Going to use chicken broth instead of water.

Stuffing

3 cups stale oopsie rolls
3 cups celery, chopped (make sure to get leaves in there, too!)
1 cup onion chopped
1 cup butter, melted
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
1/2 tsp sage
1/2 tsp thyme
3/4 cup hot water

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

Toss all ingredients except water. Add water and toss. Transfer to a covered 2 quart casserole dish. Bake for 30 minutes.

Makes 6, 3/4 cup servings

Nutritional Information: Calories: 350, Carbohydrates: 5 g, Fiber: 1.5 g, Net Carbohydrates: 3.5 g, Protein: 4.5 g, Fat: 35 g

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Wonder how these are....
Candice’s Low-Carb Garlic Herb Drop Biscuits
Makes 4 biscuits (recipe can be doubled)
Ingredients:
2 eggs
1 Tablespoons half & half or heavy whipping cream
2 Tablespoons unsalted butter, melted & slightly cooled
1 teaspoons granulated Splenda
3 Tablespoons coconut flour, sifted
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon dried Italian seasoning
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon baking powder
extra salt, herbs, and garlic to sprinkle on top *optional*
Instructions:
Preheat oven to 400 F.
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. In medium-sized bowl whisk together eggs, half & half, melted butter, S, Italian seasoning, and garlic. Mix in coconut flour, salt, and baking powder. Drop batter by spoonfuls onto your baking sheet (4). Sprinkle tops with a little extra salt, herbs, and garlic (optional). Bake at 400 F for 14-16 minutes.
Nutritional information for 1 biscuit: Calories: 115, Carbohydrates: 4.20 grams, Sugars: 0.62 g, Fiber: 2.28 g, Net Carbohydrates: 1.92 grams, Protein: 4.47 g, Fat: 9.06 g

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They are delicious and I thought the same thing! In my opinion they would make really good stuffing and be really good. You could put your own chose of herbs in them to match with your desired flavor. They really are the same texture of real biscuits...

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