- Newly Diagnosed
- Basics of Diabetes
- Type 1
- Type 2
- New to Insulin
- Everyday Rituals
- What to Eat
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Avoid drinks with lots of added sugars and carbohydrates. Staying away from regular soda and large amounts of fruit juice
Impose portion control. For instance, use the “½ plate rule” – fill half your plate with veggies or salad. Also, avoid directly eating out of food packages.
A convenience trap that encourages overeating. At sit-down restaurants, tell the waiter you don’t want the free bread – sometime the temptation is too hard to resist!
As a general rule, I try to eat foods that are as natural and minimally processed as possible – the fewer ingredients on the label, the better. Fruits and vegetables are always a good way to go.
Try substituting almond and coconut flour in recipes – in my experience, these have a significantly smaller impact on my blood glucose, contain lots of healthy fat and fiber, and help make baked goods much more diabetes-friendly.
Exercise is a free drug – use it as much as possible! Regular physical activity done for about 30 minutes most days each week can lower blood glucose. Here are some simple ways to incorporate more activity into your life:
Find some friends or co-workers that share your interests. Accountability to someone else is a huge factor in sticking with something. Check out Insulin dependence to connect with others in the active diabetes community.
Find ways to include exercise in your daily life – go for a walk during your lunch break, try walking meetings, take the stairs instead of the elevator, or park in the farthest spot in the parking lot.
Give an activity tracker a shot – these little devices are incredibly motivational and the data is completely addicting. The most popular option is Fitbit, but there are many others.