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Old 11-25-2015, 22:01   #1
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Default Thanksgiving...

There are a couple days a year that I let slide when it comes to my diet. One is Thanksgiving...the other is Christmas meal.

Part of our/my diabetic regimen, in my opinion, is trying to feel normal. Part of that normality is being able to celebrate our national heritage and our religious beliefs. Candidly, I'm an atheist...I'm what you might call...reasonable. No disrespect meant. I was raised when Christmas Day comes's all about the meal. I mean, who eats that meal any other day of the year?

The one thing I portion. I'm 72, not 15 and ready to jump up from the table, run outside and burn off 5,000 calories riding my spanky-new Schwinn bicycle. I eat everything...but I just eat a little of it and give myself that latitude.

Happy Thanksgiving to those that celebrate it. Enjoy...
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Old 11-26-2015, 04:07   #2
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Yes, Happy Thanksgiving. We all have something to be thankful about and this will be one of my better holidays.

Because my wife works on Thanksgiving day eve, we celebrated this evening with a very low carb meal that was not heavy and over stuffing for me and for her.

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LCHF is a lifestyle not a 'DIET', days off are just toxic to your system. There is nothing in any of the meals that can not be done LC...maybe being generous with an extra 5-10g total carbs to balance an extra glass of wine.

Thanksgiving, Channukah and Christmas et al...stop using them as excuses to eat badly.

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One thing I learned the hard way is ... if I eat badly, I feel badly. For days.

And it's not just my meter giving me guilt trips (though it does). I also end up feeling sluggish, with, perhaps, a touch (or more) of nausea and other digestive non-delights. Again, this goes on for days.

I highly endorse Judy's solution, above.

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Happy Thanksgiving!!!!

We are having a traditional Thanksgiving again this year with all the fam coming here. My wife is preparing the majority of the foods, but others are bringing a holiday dish/dessert they typically do. I am guessing, based on many past years Thanksgiving holidays, that the only thing that will not very negatively impact a T2's BG will be the turkey.

I agree with Judy that eating the things I know we are having is putting toxic things in my body. I agree with Shalynne that it will make my BG higher and probably feel 'off' for a few days. It is also my opinion that a small portion of carby things on holidays should not cause long term damage as Bounty does. But a small portion of very many things is a large portion of carbs at my house.

Also as Judy says, there are LC versions of many of the traditional foods. My wife is making me separate foods to go with the turkey for my meal. Even the deviled eggs and celery sticks I have will be different than what will available for everyone else. I don't crave anything that anyone else is eating, so watching them eat and smelling the foods, does not bother me at all.

Again, Happy Thanksgiving and eat responsibly.

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It is just my husband and I this year so we are having the turkey with some butter and the juices, salad and green beans with sautéd exotic mushroom. I made him some sweet potato black bean soup and I won't miss it though it is tasty. I would prefer the extra glass of wine. Then off to the casino for our new 'empty nesters' Holiday tradition. Wish us luck!

I am thankful this year to not be put in front of a huge buffet of food. I resist and don't eat it but it does bother me, haha

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Originally Posted by Bounty View Post
Part of our/my diabetic regimen, in my opinion, is trying to feel normal.
I'm a bit dubious about that one, but perhaps that's a discussion for another time.

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Bounty, enjoy! I'd be there with you eating everything I like but it would take me days or weeks to recover. My FBG is about the same as when I started LCHF and my A1c is within a 1/10th of a percent so no big deal on the blood sugars for me. I've lost the dangerous visceral fat around my chest and mid section and I feel much better metabolically and became fully keto adapted, and that took a long time.

I want to stay in ketosis more than anything else and it's most important that I do. I will have a couple of tastes or samples of stuff but will keep LC to VLC for the most part. My big diversion will be a slice of home made pumpkin pie loaded with real unsweet whipping cream. I will most likely go walking briskly after dinner to offset the few carbs I'll consume above my usual.

You guys wouldn't be here if you didn't care. Let your conscious be your guide.
No guilt here! Happy Thanksgiving all.

Oh, and Bounty many free thinkers and secularists I've met have deeper humanist and religious convictions than those belonging to organized religions.

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It is the days/weeks to recover that keep me away too. I have always said one bad meal = 3 bad days and I am not talking about a Thanksgiving feast. Just perhaps a few extra bites or an unusually larger meal. Most often not worth it for me....

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My parents live in an elderly living community where they serve Thanksgiving to all family members who want to attend. The menu today was:

Turkey and gravy OR roast beef OR salmon with...

Mashed turnips
Mashed potatoes
Sweet potato casserole
Butternut squash
Creamed onions

Aiiee! Not much for me there. I had a tiny portion of stuffing and tried to fill up on salmon and turkey, but I suspect that even the gravy and sauce was flour-rich on those items.

Tomorrow is another day.

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