Tune-Up Your Self-Management
Taking care of your diabetes is a full time job. And because YDMV (Your Diabetes May Vary), you’re not going to find a one-size fits all solution to self-management.
The Diabetes Day2Day section on Speaking of Diabetes features stories year-round on everything from medications, to technology to interactions with family and friends, so you’re bound to find an article to help you develop an approach to diabetes that works for you.
[If you prefer face-to-face interactions, and live in Metro Boston, you could try some of Joslin’s group education classes, or Why WAIT, a 12-week multidisciplinary program for weight control and intensive diabetes management. If you’re outside of the Boston area you could join us for DO IT, a four consecutive day program to tune-up your diabetes management.]
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Keeping Your Nutrition on Track
Browse through some of the healthy recipes featured on Speaking of Diabetes to get your new year meal plan off to the right start. Understand the difference between portion sizes and serving sizes, and how that can affect your diet. Learn about protein’s role in a weight management diet from Dr. Osama Hamdy, the Director of Joslin’s Why WAIT program.
Staying in the right frame of mind can make it easier to stick to your healthy eating goals. Try practicing mindful eating, the idea of applying the “in the moment” mindset to your meals and snack times. One way to be mindful about your eating is to understand when your body is feeling hungry versus when you have the desire to eat for emotional reasons. Separating actual hunger from social or emotional cues can help you to cut back on how much you eat each day.
And remember–if you slip up in your new diet goals one day, you have not failed! Here are some encouraging tips you can keep in mind when you encounter nutritional setbacks.
Check out the rest of the “Healthy Eating” section on Speaking of Diabetes!
Get Up and Get Moving!
Exercise is an important part of staying healthy, whether or not you have diabetes. Jackie Shahar, M.Ed., R.C.E.P., C.D.E., Manager of Exercise Physiology at Joslin Diabetes Center, offers some suggestions on how to make sure your fitness resolution doesn’t fade away as the year goes on.
Laurie Goodyear, Ph.D., showed that exercise makes changes on a molecular level that leads your body to process glucose more efficiently. If you are exercising with diabetes, make sure you review these blood glucose goals for physical activity to make sure you stay healthy while you’re staying active.
If you’re exercising with type 1 diabetes, there are other precautions you should take to deal with the sometimes unpredictable fluctuations in blood glucose. Learn how exercise affects a person with type 1 here.
If your main goal is to lose weight, make sure you’re doing so safely! Calculate your weight loss goals, and if you need some more support, make an appointment with a Joslin exercise physiologist, or an exercise physiologist near you. And make sure you stay up-to-date by checking Speaking of Diabetes‘s “Exercise” section.
From all of us at Joslin Diabetes Center, we wish you a Happy and Healthy New Year!