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Thankful for Sweetness in Managing Diabetes

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The holidays are a time for being thankful.  Although I am thankful for many things, this year I am especially thankful for pumpkin pie. I know this may sound out of place, but I regularly celebrate my health, my family, my career and everything really important in my life. Now I’m ready to be thankful for the delicious desserts of the season. Let me explain.

Several decades ago, I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at the age of eight, right after Halloween. So, every year in early November, on the anniversary of this life altering occasion, I take time to reflect upon my life – managing diabetes every day – and all I have to be thankful for. First and foremost, I am always thankful for my health after all these years and for the support I’ve received from family, friends and colleagues. I’m thankful for advancements in diabetes management technology – insulin quality and blood glucose monitoring, for example. And, I’m thankful for the evolution of diabetes self-management – the lifestyle that has preserved my personal health and given me an inspired career helping others with diabetes. By the time Thanksgiving Day arrives, I’ve been focused on this thankfulness for weeks. This brings me back to pumpkin pie. 

Holiday Festivities and Healthy Eating Habits CAN Go Hand in Hand

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Oh yes, it’s that time of year again when the holiday festivities (aka less than healthy food choices and eating habits) kick-off with nibbles on that bucket of leftover Halloween candy, onward during Thanksgiving, and through family and holiday gatherings in December. They come to an end (thankfully!) with a New Year’s Day brunch or afternoon spread to indulge in while watching a football game or two.

While it’s easy to throw up your hands during these two months and throw caution to the wind, that’s not the best choice for a waistline or health in general. And you do have a choice! How about this year you take on a new attitude to deal with the onslaught of indulgence this time of year?

Your new attitude? Believing that you can enjoy myriad holiday festivities while you, generally speaking, practice healthy holiday eating, albeit with a sprinkling of splurges.

Here are 10 tips for healthy holiday eating: 

12 Easy Tips for Healthy Holiday Eating

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While the holidays for many of us, are usually spent sharing time with friends and family; they are also often spent around the dinner table. Because let’s be honest, the holidays seem to give us a free pass to over-indulge in our favorite meals. Even though I also enjoy spending time around the table, I believe there is a way to manage, and at the same time celebrate, the holiday food fest in a more mindful manner.

Here are 12 of my favorite tips for healthy holiday eating, especially for cruising through the holidays without over-indulging. 

Thanksgiving Side Dish Recipes Should Be About Great Taste, Not Added Sugar

Thanksgiving Side Dish Recipes

True or false?

Turkey was the “entrée” of the first Thanksgiving meal.

That is true, according to Smithsonian Magazine, and as we do today, turkey was complemented with side dishes. However, the first Thanksgiving meal was a far cry from what we serve these days. Can you imagine how in awe those first celebrants would be if they were to see how we celebrate Thanksgiving, with a wide-ranging assortment of foods that span from calorie-filled side dishes to heavy sugar-laden desserts?

Sometimes I am in awe of how many calories and how much added sugar many people eat on Thanksgiving day. Is it really necessary? I don’t think so, and many of you might agree: we eat way too many calories on this special occasion, and many of those calories come from added sugars in the side dishes and desserts.

If this is the year you want to make your feast one that is not as sugary but just as delicious, here are some Thanksgiving side dish recipes you will want to try: Cranberry Apple Relish, Deliciously Simple Applesauce, Gourmet Sweet Potato Casserole. And for dessert, you can’t miss with Pumpkin Bread Pudding or Happy Holiday Pumpkin Pie.

All of these delectable Thanksgiving side dish recipes use a SPLENDA® Sweetener in place of sugar to keep the great taste without all the calories. Same for the dessert recipes – heavy on the delicious flavor, lighter on the added sugar!