How to Stay Positive With Type 2 Diabetes
I've Blown it!
All-is-lost attitude: "I totally abandoned my meal plan with that giant plate of macaroni and cheese last night. But it's my favorite! What’s the point of trying to eat healthy? I’ll just screw up again and wreck all my progress in one night."
Time-is-on-my-side attitude: "I used to overeat almost every night of the week! I’ve had healthy dinners every day this week until last night, so I’m making progress.
"Plus, my nutritionist keeps telling me I don't have to give up my favorite foods completely. All I have to do is account for the calories and carbs.
"Eating mac and cheese occasionally will make it easier to stick to a portion that won't derail me physically or emotionally."
Of course, you want to stick to your food plan as often as possible. But it would be unrealistic to think you'll never overeat again. What you say to yourself after that happens can make all the difference about how enthusiastic you'll feel about getting back on track.
Be the Change
Pay attention to what you say to yourself, especially on bad days. Are you boosting yourself up or knocking yourself down?
If you’re used to talking down to yourself, it’s going to take some practice before your inner voice becomes your best friend instead of your worst enemy. Here are some ways make positive self-talk a habit:
- Keep a journal to record your inner voice. After about a week, read it to look for patterns.
- Write positive messages for yourself, like “I am healthy." "I am strong." "I am managing my health well.” Put them places you'll see every day -- your wallet, bedside table, or near your toothpaste.
Make a point of saying something positive to yourself every time you look in the mirror. “Hey, what a great smile I have!” “My hair looks really good today!” “This is a great color on me!”