This Thanksgiving I have a 5k at 8am so that will be different than any other year. This year I will be going in with the earn it mind set when it comes to Thanksgiving dinner and dessert. This might not be the best approach for most but I also feel many athletes will love it. I'm going to set a time limit on the 5k, if I come finish in over 22 minutes I won't be able to have the amazing appetizers that are before dinner. If my blood sugar goes over 200 anytime after 11am I will not be allowed to have pumpkin pie and apple pie. I will have to choose one or the other.
Why wouldn't I just take more insulin so that I could eat more? That'd work but isn't the smartest idea, that is like saying why don't I take steroids so I run the 5k in under 22 minutes? It just doesn't make sense. I'm a very goal oriented person, it is the best way to be but it is all I know and it motivates me to be at my best. For example my Blizzard for winning my age group at a race, odd but it worked.
For anyone with diabetes Thanksgiving is no different than any other day of the year. We know what we need to do to keep our blood sugars in range, we just have to be dialed in and remember to test and cover everything we eat correctly with insulin. If you need to set a calorie limit or need to run a 5k to get the food you want, DO IT!! It doesn't matter how weird it is, do what works for you and your diabetes. If we do that we will be at our best and we will be happy.