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Diabetes-Friendly Thanksgiving Recipes and Tips

Thanksgiving doesn't have to be a stressful day. Relax, and use these tips to help get you through the day.


It is that time of year again! Thanksgiving is right around the corner and people with diabetes often wonder how to enjoy this holiday with their families.

It may seem like a daunting task, but if you follow these few tips for getting through a diabetes-friendly Thanksgiving, your blood sugar will be thankful, too.

Keep your blood sugars balanced by taking medications on time, and as needed

During all of the time with family, it can be difficult to remember to take care as you need to. It’s OK to step away and check-in when you need to. Whether it’s to check your numbers, bolus, or take your oral meds, don’t be afraid to step away and take the time you need.

Consider your portions to keep your blood sugars from getting too high

When diabetes and Thanksgiving come together, it’s common for people to decrease their food intake beforehand, so they can “make room” for the Thanksgiving goodness. But, not eating at regular mealtimes can cause you to overeat later, and raise your blood sugars. Think about the days in moderation, and understand your portions, and how different foods might affect blood sugars as you build your plate.

Eat your veggies and protein before your carbs/sugar

To flatten your glucose curve, and avoid spiking too high, be sure to eat your veggies and proteins prior to your carbs. The fiber and protein will help to slow your glucose spike.

Looking for ways to “hack” your glucose can help you reduce post-meal spikes overall. Though you might not be able to completely avoid them, it will give you some wiggle room to enjoy.

Don’t feel guilty if your blood sugars don’t stay in range

I sometimes agonize over Thanksgiving and what my blood sugars have done that day. Sometimes it’s OK to just let. it. go. Seriously. Blood sugars can sometimes be unpredictable, and Thanksgiving is no different.

I tend to relax about my numbers a little bit during holidays. It’s not to say I go nuts and eat everything in sight. But I recognize that I might be dealing with highs because my eating pattern is different. It’s important to find the perspective you need to cope with what the rollercoaster might look like that day.

Delicious, diabetes-friendly recipes for your Thanksgiving table

It’s always great to have choices when it comes to your Thanksgiving spread. It’s ok to have the regulars like mashed potatoes, mac and cheese, collards, sweet potato pie. But if you’re looking for swaps, I have you covered.

About Mila

Hi! I'm Mila.

I’m earning my Master’s degree in Applied nutrition.

I’m currently an Integrative Nutrition Health Coach living with  LADA (Latent Autoimmune Diabetes in Adults, a slow-progressing form of autoimmune Type 1 diabetes) I love food, travel, and my kitchen, and teaching you about diabetes self-management.

I’m here to help you live your best life possible diabetes by showing you how to create simple, blood-sugar friendly and delicious meals and tips on diabetes self-care.

Be sure to download my FREE Diabetes Community App Glucose Guide, or reach out for FREE 1:1 diabetes health and habit coaching.

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