Let’s be honest, controlling your diabetes by eating a strictly diabetes safe diet can be incredibly boring. For snacks, you get crackers and bananas, and you have to lay off the bacon and even all the fancy breads. However, it doesn’t have to be that way.
You should always be on the lookout for new, diabetes-friendly recipes, and be open to new flavors and cooking ideas.
Be willing to try a healthy substitute in your favorite meals. Some people have found that they wind up loving ground turkey or chicken in place of ground beef, and some people will take cottage cheese over cheddar any day of the week. Play around with your recipes and see which substitutes you develop a flavor for.
Read up on arranging a proper diet that doesn’t bore you to tears with bland, flavorless foods. Look for a comprehensive diet book at specialty book shops like dsdbookstore.com and start planning your meals to be both healthy, and enjoyable.
A Plan for Every (Wo)Man
Remember that there isn’t just one, standard, one size fits all diet for diabetics. What might be harmless for one diabetic might be detrimental for the next. It can be helpful to keep a daily glucose level tracker. When you do your blood test, mark down your results with comments on what you ate that day to help you weed out bad foods and remember the good ones.
Keep track of all of your results and every meal and snack with a yearly diabetes journal or a weekly diabetic diet journal. Recording those details so exhaustively can be a bit of a pain, but it’s a very good habit to get into, and an excellent tool to help in controlling diabetes.
Beyond what you eat, staying fit is a vital part of controlling diabetes. Most of us dread exercise, but if you seek out exercise you know you’ll enjoy, you may find yourself actually looking forward to it.
Look into various programs like Karate and martial arts or dance training, organized team sports, or hiking. The best ways to get fit and stay fit are the endeavours you might pursue with or without the health benefits, such as learning to defend yourself or exploring the great outdoors.
Beyond that, you can just do some simple exercises every morning. As many situps and pushups as you can comfortably do and leaving your car at home when your destination is in walking distance can be surprisingly effective.
Keeping Tabs: It’s not just for endangered animals!
To stay on track, you can keep tabs on yourself with something like a workout diabetes management journal or a diabetes exercise workbook. Record your exercise sessions and how you felt afterwards, as well as the long term results you experience such as body weight. Besides helping you to see how you’re getting the best results, this can be an excellent encouragement tool, as it serves as a kind of pat on the back for sticking with it.
The main thing you need to really control your problem with diabetes is the ability to be truly motivated. If you lose interest in tracking your developments and progress with diabetes, it’s easy to simply slack off. Do whatever you need to do to remain interested in the process of tracking your health.
Written by Diabetics for Diabetics, Diabetes Self-Defense Weekly Journal and Reference Manual provides a yearly Diabetes journal. This book is written for all people living with diabetes or pre-diabetes to live the healthiest, happiest, and longest lives possible. Created in a classic, wire-bound notebook style for convenience and portability, this all-in-one Diabetes resource book is designed to be a comprehensive Diabetes management journal. This diabetic manual is designed to reach and guide all sufferers at every age.