I love Thanksgiving. It’s a time for family, thankfulness, and fun.
However, my journey to embracing this holiday wasn’t always so straightforward.
We all carry certain beliefs that shape our lives, and for a long time, mine was anchored in the thought, “it’s not fair.”
Thanksgiving, in particular, amplified these thoughts and feelings.
🔹It’s not fair I have diabetes and can’t eat whatever I want on Thanksgiving
🔹It’s not fair my parents are watching me like a hawk every bite I take
🔹It’s not fair I have to get shots in the middle of the day, ruining my fun
What my past self didn’t understand, was that I was looking at the world through an “it’s not fair” pair of glasses. Which, unfortunately, hindered my ability to enjoy the moment. I wasn’t fully engaged in conversations, I couldn’t savor the food I could eat, or appreciate the blessings I did have – a caring family, access to medical care, and so much more.
What I’ve learned now is how to take off those glasses and see the world through whatever lens I choose to put on.
Today I chose to be grateful for the things that I DO have- access to insulin, amazing T1D technology, my health, amazing family & friends, wonderful clients, and so much more.
Now, I’m not saying Thanksgiving with T1D is easy– eating a pro-longed carb heavy meal is certainly a challenge! But with the right mindset, you can appreciate the things you do have, stay engaged with your loved ones, have a clearer head space to focus on figuring out those boluses, and have a wonderful, gratitude-filled Thanksgiving.
Need a little nudge? Think of 3 things you’re grateful for right now. Just give it a try and see where you land.
Happy Thanksgiving all 🦃💖🙌🏼!