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Live Well with Diabetes

Dealing with diabetes can be difficult, especially if you're newly diagnosed. You likely won't change your habits overnight. But with time, you’ll figure out what works for you, and how to seamlessly deal with it. These tips may help you along the way.

Eat Well

  • Take the time to cook. You’re not saving time by sitting in the drive-thru anyway.

  • Look online for budget-friendly, easy-to-make recipes. Pinterest is a great recipe resource! You'd be surprised what a difference home cooked food will make on your health- and you know exactly what you're putting into your body.

  • Try to write down or take photos of your meals and snacks. This can make you much more aware of everything you eat and help you stay in control.

  • You can’t go wrong with veggies, there are so many ways to turn veggies into super delicious snacks. You can also substitute veggies for some of the rice or pasta in a recipe, or blend veggies until smooth and add to sauces.

  • Skip “diabetic” foods. They often cost more than “regular” food, and they don’t taste very good anyway. Diabetic foods also usually include "fake" sweeteners which can be just as harmful to your body.

  • Make the same food for you and your family. Healthy eating for everyone!

  • Try Meatless Monday (or any day of the week). Beans and lentils are cheap, tasty, and really good for you.

Be Active

  • Exercise is still one of the best tools for managing diabetes, and it’s free! Try to break a sweat at least twice per week.

  • Work out with a friend. You’re more likely to stick with it because you won’t want to let them down. (Even if it's just walking around the block with your neighbor)

  • Try an activity tracker (many apps are free). It’s very motivating to watch your steps add up. At GMRI our favorite is the Nike HIIT app. They have guided exercises for everyone from beginner to advanced, from yoga to weightlifting. The Fitbit is also a great tool.

Manage Stress

  • Try meditation or yoga to slow down and relax. There are tons of videos on Youtube to get started, or check out any local spots, and don't feel bad about not doing things correctly or looking silly, everyone starts somewhere!

  • Get moving! Exercise is proven to benefit you physically and mentally. Taking a walk can help you unwind, and the effect can last for hours.

  • Talk to people. Reach out to family and friends and just talk it out. Having support or even just airing out how you feel will help you tremendously.

Do Things You Can Keep Doing

  • For new habits, start small. Little successes make it easier to take on bigger goals.

  • Make goals specific. Instead of “I’m going to get in shape,” think “I’m going to walk after dinner on weekdays.”

  • Make good choices easier. Stick to just one or two healthy breakfast options, bring your lunch instead of buying, leave the dog’s leash by the door.

Keep Learning

There are many Diabetes self-management education and support services that can help you learn skills to manage your diabetes. Talk to your Doctor, ask questions. Do research online. Everyone, every body is different, you may need to try a few different things before you find success. What works for one person, may not work for you and vice versa.

See the Big Picture

What’s most important to you? Being healthy for yourself and your family? Having fun? Having energy? Everything you do to take care of yourself gives you more of what matters most. Here’s to making diabetes a part of life instead of life being all about diabetes!

GMRI is currently enrolling volunteers for an exciting study on a Continuous Glucose Monitoring system for people with Diabetes. Participants in the study receive a CGM, & checkups by a board certified physician at no cost. Participants may be compensated for their time and travel during the study.

To find out more about CGM, check out this blog post.

To sign up for more details on the study, or to find out if you qualify, click here, or call (802) 855-8368

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