Sunday, December 14, 2014

The MOST important tool for dealing with diabetes



Time. 

There are so many tips, tricks, devices and ideas out there that are designed to help people with diabetes deal with, and hopefully control, their disease. You may have even read about some of them here on my blog. I’ve recently been thinking about getting back on track and tightening up my control of food intake etc and wondering what method/tip/idea I should utilize to achieve success…yet again. It occurred to me that all I need is time. Time is the most important tool for dealing with diabetes.

I’m not talking about “if I only had more time” kind of thing. I’m not referring to how cool it would be to have a Tardis and be able to go back in time to change things or whatever. I’m talking about making better use of the time that I have; that we all have.

Here is how I came to this revelation: I know how I should be eating and I know how much exercise will improve my health. I’ve been at this for a long time and don’t really need to think about or research new ideas. I just need to do something! The thing is that lately I’ve rarely “taken the time” to do what’s best for my health. I don’t really have any excuses since I’m retired but time still seems to get away from me.

I know that when I eat a lower carb dinner that is mostly vegetables, my bg the next morning is much, much better. I know this may come as a shock to some of you, but I can get lazy. (Sorry to burst your bubble.) When I’m in lazy mode, I choose to make meals that are quick and not much of a hassle. There’s no reason that those meals can’t be quick AND low carb/healthy! I often don’t take the time to think it out and go and shop for the needed ingredients to make the meal. I need to take the time.

I mentioned that I’m retired and therefore my days are pretty loose and relaxing…mostly. I do have regular responsibilities, mostly revolving around caring for my mom, but there really isn’t a reason for me to avoid doing the things I need to do to care for myself; like exercising on a regular basis.

“Gosh, today I need to make three phone calls, go to the bank and then shop for Mom’s groceries. I don’t think I have time to exercise today.”

Really Kate?

I know that when I take the time to hit the treadmill every day, I feel better and have more energy to tackle my amazingly busy days. I need to take the time.

I’ve been snacking too much in the afternoons…again. If I take the time to make lower carb snacks and goodies, I’m much better off. At least if I overdo it I’m not scarfing down mass quantities of processed carbs! I need to take the time to bake. I have tons of recipes that I’ve found online that would make it easier to snack in a better fashion. I need to stop collecting them and actually make them. I need to take the time.

See? I need to stop saying, “I got, got, got, got no time” and switch it over to “Time is on my side” (yes it is!) .


The other night I tried a new recipe for dinner. It. Was. Fabulous! It was chock full of vegetables and…bacon.  Mmmm bacon. It was a good meal that was mostly healthy and even Ray enjoyed it. Win! It was easy and quick to make and satisfied us both. My fasting bg the next morning was the best I’ve seen in a while. Here is a  link to the recipe in case you’re interested. I made a few changes: I used Real Crumbled Bacon by Hormel, sautéed using olive oil, added some onions and subbed spinach for the kale. I also doubled it, at least, and there was hardly any left. Really, REALLY good! 


My complaint that I don’t have time to take better care of my health is bogus. I need to take the time to do the things that I know will promote my health. Time is my new tool to deal with my diabetes. I’ve got the time, do you?
 


5 comments:

  1. You're not the only one. I sit here in the morning catching up w/ blogs/facebook all the while saying, "Gee, too bad I don't have 15 minutes for the treadmill."
    I will try to do better. I really will...

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  2. Yeah, I fixed it. Thanks for bringing it to my attention!

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  3. You are so right!!! I need to make much better use of my time instead of planning poorly and then complaining that I have no time. And that recipe?? Looks so yummy!!

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  4. My sister just got diagnosed with diabetes a few weeks ago and will now need to make a few daily changes in her routine. I agree that time is a big factor when dealing with a medical situation. I want to help her learn more about diabetes and how to adjust to the changes she needs to make. http://www.unionfootcare.com/Foot-Care-Havre-de-Grace-MD.html

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