Turkey, stuffing, and all the trimmings will all grace the table for Thanksgiving. But in our area with a prevalence of conditions like diabetes, it's important to keep a few things in mind as you prepare for your holiday meal.
Lisa Brooks, Diabetes Specialist at Parkridge Medical Center says "We have lots of hidden ingredients that would actually be more carbs or starches or sugar that would raise our glycemic levels."
Lisa Brooks is a diabetic specialist at Parkridge Medical Center. She says if you're not sure about the menu, play it safe.
Lisa Brooks says "Offer to bring some steamed veggies or offer to bring a green salad, that way we have something to choose from that's not a casserole."
And if you are going to have that casserole, do it in moderation, cut back on the stuffing, and try and skip some of the other items like bread and mashed potatoes.
Lisa tells us what your plate should look like on Thanksgiving .
Lisa Brooks says "A good general rule is to have 1/4 of your plate for carbs, 1/4 for protein, and 1/2 for veggies and fruit."
And even if you fill up a little more on the stuffing and sweet potatoes, try to drink a full glass of water with your meal, and when you're done, don't sit down, go outside, go for a walk or just keep moving. Find more active ways to enjoy your family and friends.
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