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health and wellness: american diabetes month

| Posted Thursday, November 6, 2014 at 08:45AM

Thanksgiving foodNovember host one of the biggest holiday focused on community and eating, Thanksgiving. November is also American Diabetes Month. American Diabetes Month focuses on eating right and coming together as a community to stop diabetes. Nearly 30 million children and adults in the United States have diabetes and another 86 million have prediabetes and are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes. This Thanksgiving make a diabetes friendly Thanksgiving plate to help manage your blood sugar during the holiday season.


  • Fill half your plate with non-starchy vegetables like asparagus, green beans, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, carrots, cauliflower, okra, spinach and tomatoes. 
  • Avoid casserole, fried vegetables and sides with cream, sauce, butter or crust.


  • If you’re having a hard time filling half your plate with vegetables try fruits like cranberries, apples and pears.


  • Fill a quarter of your plate with grains or starches like sweet potatoes, mashed potatoes, rice or corn. 
  • If stuffing or dressing is a must have for you on Thanksgiving focus on only filling a quarter of your plate with stuffing or dressing.


  • Fill the remaining quarter of your plate with a lean slice of turkey, about 3 to 4 ounces. Be sure to remove the skin off of the turkey.
  • Avoid dark meat and gravy.
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