When you have type 2 diabetes, it's often a juggling act to remember all of your daily tasks. Nora Saul, RD, CDE, a diabetes educator and manager for nutrition services at the Joslin Diabetes Center in Boston, offers this "healthy habits" checklist to guide you through the day.
Check your blood sugar levels.
Most people with type 2 diabetes need to check their blood sugar, also called glucose, at least once a day. "That's the minimum," Saul says. But the frequency depends on your treatment...
Rethink It: Take it 10 minutes at a time. Tell yourself, “I don’t have to do it all at once.”
Exercising doesn't have to take a lot of time or involve a change of clothes. Even a little will give you a burst of optimism and energy.
Look for 10-minute breaks. You may be surprised by how many you find.
For example, instead of playing solitaire on your phone when you’re in a waiting room, ask the attendant if you have time to take a 10-minute walk around the parking lot before your appointment.
‘What's the Point?’
This is a classic "it’s too late for me" thought. Your goal weight feels always out of reach. Maybe you’ve tried to get there before and have been disappointed.
Rethink It: Focus on the here and now. Mental health experts say most anxiety comes from worrying about the future. The more you focus on what you can do today, the better.
Little steps, over time, will move your health in a positive direction. Ask your doctor to help you set mini-goals along the way to your ultimate goal. You want reachable goals that you can build on. For instance, if you lose a little bit of weight at a time, it can lower your bloodsugar levels and blood pressure sooner than you may think.
Start slowly. First learn to eat more fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean protein.