Type 2 Diabetes does not mean the end of your world, but it does mean that you will need to take better care of yourself by making different decisions. I won’t tell you that it will be easy, but I will tell you that it’s manageable. Here are three suggestions for managing Type 2 diabetes:
1. Tweak your eating habits
Eat Strategically. Incorporate foods that will improve your blood sugar. Try cooking with chili peppers, lentils or peas. Do your best to eat more whole grains like brown rice, quinoa, barley, granola, whole wheat bread or whole grain crackers. Consider what it would be like to have ½ of your plate filled with leafy greens, ¼ of your plate filled with whole grains and the last ¼ filled with lean protein.
2. Get some exercise
There are simple things you could do to improve your health. Try parking a bit further away from your destination so you can walk. Enjoy a five minute stroll after every meal. Take the stairs instead of the elevator. When you are watching tv don’t just sit there! Get up and march in place during commercials, or step up and down the first set of stairs as you would on a stair master. Or, just go dancing.
3. Pay attention to your body
Your doctor may know their stuff, but no one knows your body like you! Go beyond blood sugar to becoming responsible for how you really are physically feeling. When you get up in the morning, note how your body feels. Does your body (not your mind) feel well rested? Take a second every morning when you get up and every night before you go to bed and notice your physical health. Especially notice how you feel after you eat. Your body’s physical reactions to what you eat can tell you if your dietary choices are improving your health.
Most importantly, take it one day at a time. Do the best you can do in any given moment to make good decisions and let the past go. The more you focus in the past, the harder it is to focus on making changes in the present moment.
What has helped your type-2 diabetes improve over the years? What advice would you give someone who has just been diagnosed with type-2 diabetes?
Your comments and suggestions are welcome.