A diagnosis of Type 2 Diabetes can be looked upon as a gentle or giant push towards a healthier life style. First and foremost get in touch with people around you that can help such as your doctor, a registered dietitian, and a diabetes educator. Maybe there is a group in your community where people just like you have questions and ideas for managing their Type 2 Diabetes.
As with everything in life, it’s easiest to take it one step at a time.
You don’t need to cut out carbohydrates and sugars completely. Knowing how many you are consuming will be helpful.
You don’t need crazy meals or incredibly bland food. A more regular meal pattern will be helpful.
There isn’t a magic number of carbohydrates for every person to consume at each meal. Getting acquainted with your blood glucose meter will direct you to the types of meals that will work with your own body.
Learn to read labels and get on the web to look up the contents of different foods. This will be where you want to look for the amount of carbohydrates and sugars in your food. You want to find foods that are most nutrient rich and low in carbohydrates. It is all a balancing act. You need to fill yourself without going hyperglycemic. You need to learn how your own body reacts to certain amounts of carbohydrates.
The carbohydrate number is key when reading a food label. It includes the sugar and fiber as well as the amount of carbs. Carbs are not the enemy, just what you want to keep a close eye on.
Look at it as a challenge to get the most goodness from food as possible. You’ll want lots of whole wheat, vitamins, good fats (monounsaturated and polyunsaturated), and fiber while staying away from needless sugars, excess calories, anything partially hydrogenated, MSG, and cholesterol.
Exercise is a great natural counter balance to carbohydrates. It naturally lowers your blood sugar level while helping you feel great, among it’s many other benefits. At least 30 minutes of aerobic exercise for as many days possibly throughout the week is recommended. Walking, running, biking, hiking, or swimming are wonderful. It is also great to add weight training and other activities to that. Lifting weights, yoga, stretching, calisthenics, and Russian kettle bell exercises are good supplemental activities. (If you’ve never heard of it here’s a little preview to Russian kettle bells, it may look pretty silly but I’ve heard good things about it).
Stop to smell the flowers or just take a minute to relax. Stress can keep those blood sugar levels high.
Read the labels. See how the amount of carbohydrates reacts with your body. Write down what works for you. Keep a fairly regular eating schedule. You should be golden.
Peace, love, and happy carb counting!