Holiday Eating

It’s the Saturday after Thanksgiving, my seventh since being diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes. Another year to remember the (not so) good old days when I could eat anything and everything without thinking about it and really not caring. How’d you do? Did you stick to your plan? Did you have a plan? Did you just cut loose because “Hey, it’s Thanksgiving”?

I’ve had a plan for a long time and been able to stick to it. How? Well I keep in mind that I really like my various body parts and don’t want them effectively dying, malfunctioning or getting weird and tingly. I also decided early on I needed to learn to enjoy what I could eat. I can still pretty much eat anything I want, including pie, cake and other desserts, but I need to plan ahead, control my portions and remember I may not be able to eat them right after dinner. In a nut shell it’s about how much and when, not what that really counts.

So how’s your carb counting? Can you find out how many carbs are in 1/8th of an 8″ pumpkin pie with a tablespoon or two of whipped cream? How big of a  pile is 1/3rd of a cup of mashed potatoes? Too much work? I don’t think so. It took me 20 or 30 minutes at the most when I was first figuring it out. There are plenty of web sites to give you a hand. I went to nutritiondata.self.com. They have some nice tools, but you can google around and see what works best for you. There are a number of good books, too.  (If carb counting is Greek to you stay tuned. I’ll be talking about it in detail over the next few weeks.)

So, to quote Julia Child, “Bon appetit.” Plan ahead for Christmas and practice enjoying each bite in the meantime. I think you’ll find you not only enjoy it more but you’re pleasantly satisfied with less, too.

[By the way 1/8th of an 8-9″ pumpkin pie is about 40-45g of carbohydrate, about 3 carbs, so that’s almost a meal by itself, or a (very) large snack. The whipped cream, on the other hand, has no carbs as long as you keep it to 1 or 2 tablespoons.]

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