So it’s the night before Thanksgiving and all through the house
You were stirring and stirring and so was your spouse
Preparing the feast you are making with care
Looking forward to family and friends who’ll be there
You were thinking and thinking just about bread
I mean, what else does one think of inside of their head?
“I know my dietitian said just think of a cap
Stop eating before your body demands a long nap”
When all of a sudden my brain starts to clatter
I sprang from my thoughts and from stirring the batter
Away to my computer I flew like a flash
Typed in this dietitian’s website – man, she’s a smash
The idea of moderation and even saying “no”
Gave me hope that I could have my glucose to show
When what to my wondering thoughts should appear
That I could eat what I want!?! You see, it’s just that simple my dear
With some look ahead planning I knew just that quick
I’d be able to eat everything I want, ain’t that slick
Maybe not as much as I used to, but that’s not my aim
These numbers were crazy, but them I can tame
Now Fiber and Protein and Veggies and Fruits
On Legumes and Oils and Dairy and Roots
To the plate size and portion size, make them all small
Now you’ll be able to eat what you want, ya’ll!
As dry herbs that cooked with the turkey on high
When you are met with an obstacle, don’t fear to fly!
So up in the morning with breakfast, you’ll chew
With some protein and fiber and healthy fats too
And then you’ll see that it’s not just a spoof
Your glucose won’t be as high as the roof
If after noon is your meal, I think you have found
You’ll need a snack until Thanksgiving dinner comes around
Control is important from your head to your foot
YOU CAN do it during holidays, the numbers WILL stay put
Eating well doesn’t have to be seriously wack
You can eat what you want it’s just a portion hack
Your eyes – how they’ll twinkle! Your smile: how merry!
They’ll see you’re not afraid to eat, even fruits like a cherry!
Your knowledge will surely sprout up and grow
And your confidence, like centerpieces, will definitely show
So as you chew each bite well with your sparkling teeth
Know quite proudly and with a sigh of relief
That your beautiful face, and God-made round belly
Will, on the inside be healthy, and not a nervous Nelly!
I don’t care if your plump or if your scale’s on a shelf
I care most if you’re healthy and loving yourself
Intrinsically you know inside of your head
You honestly, truly, have nothing to dread
Sometimes it does take a lot of hard work
You may feel overwhelmed just don’t go berserk!
Learning to control glucose, God-knows
Can take some getting used to but first, you have chose
To come to my blog and not even bristle
Just take in the info and happily whistle
And I know you’ll exclaim when your sugars are right
That everything worked out well on this Thanksgiving night
-An Amanda Original…you’re welcome (hahaha!)
So if you didn’t quite get it from my exquisite poem writing here’s a few things to remember about keeping your blood sugars controlled on Thanksgiving:
- Eat a snack before bed (just as you would normally)
- Eat a balanced breakfast. Protein and fiber and healthy fats too!
- If Thanksgiving dinner is later in the day make sure to eat a small snack so you don’t go into the dinner ravenous.
- If Thanksgiving was earlier in the day (around noon) you’re going to need to eat later in the day. Perhaps a snack.
- Decide early on what you REALLY like to eat on Thanksgiving. Things that aren’t really your favorite, don’t eat! Save yourself some carbs!
- Think about your plate…half of it should be vegetables (salad, roasted veggies, etc); the palm of your hand size should be turkey; the last quarter of your plate, carbohydrates (mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, pie, stuffing, etc)
- Eat what you want, just eat less!!! A small sliver of pie, smaller portions of potatoes, less stuffing. You’ll get all the flavors, be satisfied, and feel great not stuffed afterward!
Hope you enjoyed this as much as I enjoyed writing it!