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How to Stay Positive With Type 2 Diabetes

‘I've Blown It!’

Call it the "all is lost" attitude. You didn’t follow your meal plan when you ate a giant plate of macaroni and cheese, and now you think you’ve wrecked all your progress.

Rethink It: Give yourself credit for your good food choices. It could be that you used to overeat all the time, and now you’ve had balanced meals most days this week.

It’s about progress, not perfection. You don't have to give up your favorite foods completely. Just account for the calories and carbs.

Set the setbacks aside. Tell yourself, “I can get back on track,” and the possibilities open back up.

3 More Ways to Shift Negative Thinking

It takes practice to turn your inner voice into your friend instead of your critic. Make it a habit with these tips:

  1. Keep a journal. Write down your thoughts. After about a week, read it to look for patterns.
  2. Write positive messages for yourself, like “I am healthy." "I am strong." "I am managing my health well.” Put them in places you'll see every day -- your wallet, bedside table, near your toothpaste.
  3. Make a point of saying something positive to yourself every time you look in the mirror. “Nice smile!” “My hair looks really good today!” “This is a great color on me!”

WebMD Medical Reference

Reviewed by Brunilda Nazario, MD on November 14, 2013
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