I cooked Thanksgiving dinner for five this year, a very small number compared to the past. While we were scarfing down our feast, one of my guests announced that they’d heard a news report stating the average American would consume six thousand calories on Thanksgiving. My first thought as I looked down at my plate was, “No way!”
I consider myself an average American and I’d only taken one or two of teaspoons of each dish, but since there were so many dishes, my plate was pretty full. I only ate half of what was on there and for dessert, I had a tiny slice of chocolate cake. Could that possibly equal six thousand calories? Normally I eat somewhere between a thousand and fifteen hundred calories a day, so six thousand calories would be close to a week’s worth of food for me. Very scary for a diabetic. Yesterday (friday) my family and I ate left overs. Was that another six thousand calories? I don’t know, but if this is an actual measure of calories consumed during Thanksgiving and then again on Christmas, it’s no wonder there are so many people gaining weight over the holidays.
For most, it probably doesn’t matter. They gain a few pounds and then after the holidays, they lose it. But for diabetics, it’s a different story. Just how high will this type of eating raise blood sugar levels? I was very bad in that I didn’t check my blood sugar on Thanksgiving day nor yesterday. I did however check it this morning. It was 324. This is pretty high and I’m sure it was a lot worse the past couple of days, which means from now until Christmas, I’ll be watching my diet religiously. And on Christmas? Well, if I have the mental fortitude, it will be turkey or ham and salad for me with maybe a baked sweet potato. I’ll be bypassing the stuffing, sweet potato souffle, cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes, gravy, rolls, and any and all sugary dessert. Kind of a bummer, but better than having shoot myself full of insulin.