I've had many years (37) now living with Type 1 Diabetes to think about what I need to do each day. My goals like many of us living with a disease that doesn't give us a day off, is to maintain blood sugar and still live a normal life. Whatever normal is for each of us....
Because of a health scare 27 years ago (read my full story here) I put a lot of pressure on myself to be perfect with my blood sugar goals. This led to scary hypoglycemia episodes, which took me a few years to relax my expectations and to ease up on myself. I now have more realistic goals that center around healthy habits to live a life back in control of my diabetes. These habits not only keep my whole body up and running better, but helps me to maintain safer blood sugar levels.
These 5 simple healthy habits is something I practice and coach my clients to consistently put into action:
Macro Balanced Diet (heavy on the vegetables and healthy fats, low on carbs)
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All five of these healthy habits contribute to a stronger and well functioning body, They will help prevent prediabetes and type 2 diabetes, which could lead to other symptoms of poor health. These habits are a strong foundation for those of us living with type 1 diabetes and make managing diabetes much easier.
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Start out this week with one of these simple habits that you can take control of. Pick the habit that's easy and you're already very close to meeting (the low hanging fruit). Once you've conquered this habit and it becomes so easy you don't have to think twice about doing. then move onto the next healthy habit....repeat until you've met all 5 goals and you're feeling amazing and in control of your health.
Know that all this effort you're putting in will help lead you to a healthier body and better diabetes care.