Happy Thanksgiving, All!
Had our family dinner last night and, while I don't have any specific recipes to post, I would like to make a few general suggestions.
1. Try to prepare foods as naturally as possible. Meaning, instead of the oh-so-popular casserole upon casserole (especially veggies), stick with the steaming/boiling and roasting/grilling. I find it easier to count a tater, yam, carrot, etc. in it's natural form than mashed or pureed along with a bunch of other stuff like milk, cream cheese, juices, fruit, bread crumbs, etc. all added to the mix
2. Keep the sides on the side. If you cook veggies more naturally (steaming, roasting, etc.), and plan to serve heavy sauces/toppings with them... put the toppings in a separate dish. I'll eat some sweet potato but not if it's covered with a layer of marshmallow goo. I'll eat the steamed cauliflower but not if it's smothered in cheese sauce. That kind of thing.
3. Be creative with dessert. Instead of pumpkin and/or apple pies.... try: baked apple - instead of pastry crust, try wrapping in phillo(phylo) and only eat half instead of the whole apple. Others can have it with extras like whipped cream, ice cream, or even shredded cheddar. An apple gallette or tart would make a lovely, "thin" alternative to the big pastry kind. Maybe using the crust you mentioned in another post, with just some sliced apples and spices sounds like something I'd try. It's just too hard to even cut those larger pies into thin enough slices to be considered acceptable to many.
4. Plan to go for a walk if you eat more than usual. It will help with "fullness" factor as well as help get your metabolism going on all that digestion (i.e. helps get that insulin moving into the proper cells
. To my fellow Type 1's, all I can say is test, test and adjust insulin as necessary. I ended up testing about
every 3 hours after eating and had to give myself 2 extra shots to see my sugar levels back to normal by 5:00am.
Cheers to all and have a great day!
- Phishbowl (Type 1 since Jan'05 - Levemir, NovoRapid)
"What's Not Measured Is Not Managed"
"It is impossible for a man to learn what he thinks he already knows"-Epictetus