It's Thanksgiving, and many across the United States gather with Family and Friends to enjoy large amounts of their favorite dishes and have a great time. However, there are some with Chronic Kidney Disease and Diabetes who cannot or choose not to join their loved ones for the Holidays due to health concerns, financial difficulty, nausea and anxiety caused by flying, or simply the fact that they no longer have Family or Friends to visit.
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Moreover, even Chronic Kidney Disease and Diabetics who choose to share their Holiday with loved ones experience health challenges that prevent them from getting the most out of their Thanksgiving. Hence the following are a few tips which can help you make the most out of your Thanksgiving, whether with Family and Friends or alone:
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1.) PLAN AHEAD — Do not wait for things to happen on Thanksgiving because it is only one day, and will quickly pass you by if you do not know what you want to get out of the day. Even if it is just watching the Football Game and eating a Renal and Diabetic-Friendly treat, add it to your list of things you would like to do. Especially if you know you are going to be alone, make sure you try to plan out a structured day to get the most out of your Thanksgiving.
2.) DONT JUST SIT AROUND - Relaxing is a critically important part of the Holidays. However when you have the energy, try to get up and be active. Some Social Media can be a downer if you are spending the Holidays alone because pictures and videos of your Family and Friends having a good time without you may be shared. Also, it can take much of your time. If the weather permits, go for a walk or a hike after dinner. Just spending time outdoors can make you feel great and offers another eventful experience over Thanksgiving. As you likely know many stores are closed during Thanksgiving. Still, you can go to the movies, read the KidneyBuzz.com Fight Kidney Disease and Diabetes - Life Management Guide you’ve been meaning to get to, work on your latest art or photography project, and more.
3.) ENJOY AT LEAST ONE OF YOUR FAVORITE DISHES - Often Chronic Kidney Disease and Diabetics must limit the foods that they can eat during Thanksgiving. In fact, some patients must settle with only having some turkey and salad. In order to get the most out of your Thanksgiving meal, be sure to either (1) cook at least one dish that YOU enjoy which matches your Renal or Diabetic diet, or (2) ask that your host offer a few tasty dishes which meet your dietary restrictions.
4.) HELP OTHERS IN NEED - Volunteer work is an excellent way to build one's confidence, self esteem and show empathy towards your fellow man. It also has a way of putting our own lives into perspective and highlight why we should be "thankful" which is the true meaning behind Thanksgiving. Although it may sound cliché it really does work. Aside from volunteering to serve meals, there are other things that you can do to help. As the great Author, Mark Twain said, “The best way to cheer yourself up is to cheer somebody else up.”
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These simple additions can help greatly improve your Thanksgiving. If you are spending the Thanksgiving alone and really like to have people around on the Holiday, find out who else will be spending the day solo and organize your own Thanksgiving gathering. Also, visit KidneyBuzz.com for the most Breaking News & Information about how Chronic Kidney Disease and Diabetics can better manage their lives. As you travel this Thanksgiving, do not miss any of the Breaking News & Information: Click here to bookmark KidneyBuzz.com to your iPhone or Android Smartphone.
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