I am NOT a doctor, dietician or expert. Do I know everything there is to know about diabetes? Heck no, but I do know what it’s like to live with it.
Sunday, December 14, 2014
The MOST important tool for dealing with diabetes
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
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
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.”
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.
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 alink 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?