Kansas City: Stay Healthy This Holiday

 

Have you recently been diagnosed with a chronic illness or disease? With Thanksgiving just a few days away, you’ll want to make sure that a family staple won’t trigger any bad side effects. Of course, ask your doctor for complete guidance concerning severe diseases like Crohn’s or Diverticulitis. This list is a simple reminder for individuals with lower-risks.

Watch Your Plate This Thanksgiving!

High Cholesterol

These are kind of simple things that everyone should avoid or have very small amounts of in a healthy diet.

  • Choose the leaner turkey without all that tasty fat, you can almost feel your arteries clogging!
  • Avoid gravy made with lard or drippings.
  • Choose soft margarine to butter your roll instead of hard margarine or full-fat butter.

Osteoarthritis

To avoid triggering a painful flare-up, pay careful attention to the ingredients in your foods, such as:

  • Sugar in processed pies. Find a natural alternative like pure maple syrup, honey, or agave and make your own (or ask a relative) who’s going to say “no?”
  • Watch your salt. If you tend to add salt onto already salted foods choose more flavorful seasonings like flavored pepper, spices, or a salt substitute to enhance foods.
  • Dairy, especially if you are sensitive. Ask the designated potato masher to set aside some plain potato and mix in a dab of almond/soy/cashew/flax milk to make it creamy. If you love your whipped cream, there are a few dairy-free options in the health foods section of your local supermarket.

Diabetes

You know you should already be watching your foods but here are a few to keep an eye on:

  • Gravy is a high-fat and sodium food. If you like to slather your whole plate, consider using vegan mushroom gravy instead or just put a bit on your potatoes and turkey.
  • Sugary drinks, this is a big problem for kids but also includes adults who love soda and alcohol. Mixers in your favorite fruity cocktail are packed full of added sugars, low-cal and low-sugar drinks are widely available now.
  • Store-bought pies often use full-fat dairy, added sugars, white flour, butter, and much more. Opt for a specially made fruit pie baked by a loved one.

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