Wednesday, January 22, 2020
I found out that good enough is just not good enough. I ended up with Type 2 Diabetes because I ate a diet I considered “Good Enough” and worked out to the degree that I considered to be “Good Enough”. I had a “Good Enough” attitude with a life that I considered “Good Enough” but I needed better than that!
I learned never to settle for “Good Enough” when better is possible.
Type 2 diabetes is a chronic condition that affects the way your body metabolizes sugar (glucose) — an important source of fuel for your body.
With type 2 diabetes, your body either resists the effects of insulin — a hormone that regulates the movement of sugar into your cells — or doesn't produce enough insulin to maintain normal glucose levels.
I needed to give this fight all that I have! This is now something to be complacent about! People lose their eyesight and limbs due to uncontrolled T2D. Not me. I’m going to control this disease with diet, exercise, and (of course) medication. I am going to know my numbers, talk with my doctor and a Diabetic Dietitian read about it, write about it, and let people know that I cannot eat just anything. Keeping my blood sugar levels within the range recommended by my doctor can be challenging. That's because many things make our blood sugar levels change, sometimes unexpectedly
I have found that most people are very respectful of my food choices when I am open and honest about T2D. There will always be a few people who will tell me that “you don’t have to be so careful” because they are not careful or concerned about the effects of Diabetes.
Include foods rich in fiber and healthy carbohydrates in your diet. Carbohydrates are the foods that often have the biggest impact on our blood sugar levels.
I eat at regular intervals. I try to eat a small meal or snack with protein every 3 hours.
I only eat until I’m no longer hungry. Overeating can raise my levels, even if I’m eating a healthy, low-carb meal. I control my weight and keep my heart healthy. Also, I get about half an hour of aerobic activity(usually a brisk walk) daily to help keep my heart healthy.