I love Thanksgiving! It’s a family holiday dedicated to being grateful.
But I didn’t always feel that way.
We all have sentences that run through our minds and drive our lives.
Mine used to be “it’s not fair”. And Thanksgiving used to be a huge trigger for those thoughts:
🔹It’s not fair I have diabetes and can’t eat whatever I want on Thanksgiving
🔹It’s not fair my parents watch my eating like a hawk
🔹It’s not fair I have to get shots right in the middle of my fun!
I would get frustrated, lash out, talk back to my parents, get mad when they told me to stop eating, and try to sneak food anyway. I would look for evidence that things aren’t “fair” to prove how bad I had it.
The unintended result of staying in this victim mentality is that I would block any and all joy. I wouldn’t allow myself the ability to be present, enjoy conversations, enjoy the food I could eat, and I certainly wasn’t feeling any gratitude for the things I DID have –
a wonderful family, medical coverage and care, and so much more.
I do not blame that frustrated & confused older version of me. She didn’t have the tools to understand where her frustration was coming from. Which was the sentence “it’s not fair”.
I’m just so glad I understand it now.
With a clear mind, I can now focus on the things I DO have. I can enjoy Thanksgiving, be present in conversations, and be grateful for all the things I do have.
Now, I’m not saying Thanksgiving with T1D is easy. Eating a pro-longed meal over a period of time and carb-counting stuffing and all of the carb-heavy items is certainly a challenge! But with the right mindset, you can appreciate the things you DO have, stay present with those you love, and have a clearer head space to focus on figuring out your boluses. Want help? Schedule a free consult and I’ll show you how.
Happy Thanksgiving friends! 🦃💖🥰
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