Living Well With Diabetes: Health Priorities

After considering the big picture and clarifying my life priorities, I narrowed my attention to my health concerns.
I asked myself, my doctor, dietitian and family a whole new set of questions.

After considering the big picture and clarifying my life priorities, I narrowed my attention to my health concerns.

I asked myself, my doctor, dietitian and family a whole new set of questions.

What does being diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes mean? What’s not working in my body? How do we “fix” that?

What do I need to do differently? Take medication? Exercise? Change how I eat? Stop smoking? Manage my stress level? Make other lifestyle changes?

Is anything non-negotiable? These are the things that would cause my health to get worse and cannot be reversed in the future.

What changes do we need to make to our family’s routine? Can we buy only diet soda and limit the sweet stuff we have in the house? When can we go for a walk on the beach?

Which changes have the most potential to improve my health and quality of life? What should I focus on right now? What can I save for later? Continue reading “Living Well With Diabetes: Health Priorities”

Living Well With Diabetes: Life Priorities

Living well with diabetes, I started with the big picture. What are my life priorities?

When I was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes I was forced to look at how I was doing things. 

What are my habits? How do they affect my health? How am  I spending my time? What is most important to me? What am I willing to do differently? What am I not?

Frankly, it was overwhelming. Where to start?

I started with the big picture. What and who are most important to me? Looking back on my life from 60 or 70 or 80 or 90 years old what do I want to see? (Yeah, I think I can live that long.) What do I want to get out of life? What experiences? What relationships? What impact do I want to have? Continue reading “Living Well With Diabetes: Life Priorities”

Living Well With Diabetes: 5 Strategies

When I was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes it took the wind out of my sails. It really made me stop. It made me stop and think and feel and worry. As with any chronic illness, diabetes means you have to change the way your living. If not, it only gets worse.

When I was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes it took the wind out of my sails.

It really made me stop. It made me stop, and think, and feel, and worry. I thought of all the people I know that have diabetes. I thought about how well or poorly they managed their health. I felt sad and scared and overwhelmed. I worried that I would fail.

As with any chronic illness, diabetes means you have to change the way you are living. You have to do something. If not, it only gets worse.

I am determined to live well with diabetes. Continue reading “Living Well With Diabetes: 5 Strategies”

Thankful Thoughts

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving. As we worked on the menu I felt frustration. So many traditional Thanksgiving dishes are full of carbs and fat.

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Tomorrow is Thanksgiving. As we worked on the menu I felt frustration. So many traditional Thanksgiving dishes are full of carbs and fat. Stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy, rolls, pie, candied this and that. In short, this is a meal that can be a nightmare for people with diabetes.

As I grumbled and sorted through recipes there came a point when I stopped. Continue reading “Thankful Thoughts”