Fight Hunger With Diabetes-Friendly Snacks

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When I’m out and about I never let myself get too hungry.

I don’t always know where I’m going to end up or what kind of food I’ll find there. Waiting too long to eat is dangerous. My blood sugar levels can go wacko. And once hunger sets in I’m likely to eat anything whether or not it’s good for me or even yummy.

My best defense in the fight against hunger is a diabetic-friendly snack. I always make sure I carry one with me. It’s part of being prepared. Continue reading “Fight Hunger With Diabetes-Friendly Snacks”

Living Well With Diabetes: Reach Out

There’s a certain irony to the fact that while I am responsible for managing my diabetes, I cannot do that by myself.

“No man is an Island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the Continent, a part of the main…”
—John Donne, Meditation XVII

There’s a certain irony to the fact that while I am the one responsible for managing my health, I cannot do it all by myself.

I’m not a health expert. I don’t know everything there is to know about diabetes or exercise. Heck, I’m not even a very good cook! I’m human. Sometimes I have to rely on others.

Every successful person has a support team. Continue reading “Living Well With Diabetes: Reach Out”

Living Well With Diabetes: Be Resourceful

No matter how well organized I try to be, life sometimes throws me a curve ball.

Whatever the cause I have to adjust my routine, often on the fly, sometimes in unfamiliar surroundings, generally by myself. And, oh yeah, I still have to keep tight control of my diabetes.

In short: How do I stay resourceful?

The best laid schemes of Mice and Men oft go awry,
And leave us nothing but grief and pain…
—Robert Burns, To a Mouse

No matter how hard I try to be well organized, life sometimes throws me a curve ball.

I get a cold that makes me feel so miserable that all I want to eat is warm bowls of chicken pho soup brimming with rice noodles. Or a business trip puts me on a 5 a.m. flight, disrupting my normal routine.

Whatever the cause I have to adjust my routine, often on the fly, sometimes in unfamiliar surroundings, generally by myself. And, oh yeah, I still have to keep tight control of my diabetes. Continue reading “Living Well With Diabetes: Be Resourceful”

Living Well With Diabetes: Gain Knowledge

After my diagnosis I was faced with a whole lot of new information. With understanding I could make better choices about my treatment and lifestyle changes. With knowledge I could make informed choices.

After my diagnosis I was faced with a whole lot of new information.

Well, it was new to me. Doctors, dietitians, websites, books, co-workers, friends, family… They all had something to say about diabetes, how it works (or doesn’t work, as the case may be), its complications, and what’s the best way to “treat” it.

Being bombarded with information wasn’t helpful. It was confusing. Sometimes one person told me one thing and another person told me exactly the opposite. Which was correct? What was just crackpot? I needed to sort it all out. Continue reading “Living Well With Diabetes: Gain Knowledge”