Even small changes in your lifestyle can help you better manage Type 2 diabetes. While blood sugar testing is a critical self-management tool, developing a physically active lifestyle and changing your eating style help control both your blood sugar and cholesterol levels.
Regardless of the problems you may be dealing with at the moment, the trick is to do a bit more for your health today than you did yesterday. Maybe it is not a trick, but more a simple piece of advice.
We all worry about the future: at times, more than the present. So do not take it as a negative to spend some of your time wondering about what could or could not happen down the track instead of focusing solely on the present moment.
The past, however, is also essential to consider because it provides an opportunity to …
- learn from your mistakes, or
- show you how to do things better.
Do not immediately dismiss the action you took because you have regrets. Muster the courage to address your shortcomings, and do what you must to place yourself in a better position.
Let us talk about how you can do more for your health, today. First, it is essential to determine what you can do. What have you been struggling with? These are your “pain points.” There is a good chance your body weight is on the list. Blood sugar, cholesterol, triglycerides, and blood pressure are other common health issues. Identify these if they apply to you, especially because you have a significant degree of control over them.
Do not kid yourself – you most certainly can fix these problems with lifestyle changes. It will take time but see each day as a stepping stone. With each step, you will be getting closer to your objective.
What can you do to take these steps forward?
You can exercise …
- you can pick up a sport or a new form of physical activity.
- you can lift weights, or join a fitness class.
You can stay on top of these things so they bring you consistent results.
You can eat better …
- make better choices at the grocery store, and do not buy snacks or food you know you should not be eating.
- cook most of your meals, and eat out only once or twice a month.
If weight loss is a priority, count calories if you are struggling to make progress. If you usually eat 2000 calories a day, think about limiting yourself to 15000 calories. If you are hungry after you have ate the quality of the food you are eating rather than the quantity.
Do not think of eating healthily as a sacrifice, but rather as a reward to help you live a long healthy life.
On that note, ensure at the end of your day you can say you did a bit more for your health than you did the previous day. This is the way to be healthy and look after your well-being.