One of the hardest
parts of being diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes is the fact that you have to make
dramatic and drastic changes to your lifestyle. If you don’t make these changes
your diabetes will be impossible to live with due to the fact that your blood sugar
levels will be out of control. After years of unhealthy diets, smoking,
physical inactivity, and other poor lifestyle choices, it may be hard to make
the necessary changes to manage your diabetes.
Being diagnosed with
Type 2 diabetes ought to serve as a major wake up call. It is a sign that your
lifestyle was harming your body. Over time, your body could no longer handle
managing your blood sugars on its own and in many cases this was due to
problems such as obesity.
While you cannot cure
your Type 2 diabetes, you can take steps to make sure that your symptoms are as
minimal as possible. The best idea is to start by making changes that lead to a
healthier lifestyle. You can start off with small changes, and you will be
surprised to see what a difference even these can make.
The first lifestyle
change you should make is to focus on improving your diet. Shoot for a diet
that is well-balanced with foods from all five food groups. Try to make sure
that you aren’t eating too much of any one food category, and that you are
eating enough fruits and veggies rather than a great deal of fatty foods. Give
calorie counting a try, and make sure that you are not eating more calories
than you burn.
Once you are on the
right track to eating a healthy diet, you will find improvements in other areas
as well. Improving your diet makes weight loss …
Christmas can be a
difficult time of year when it comes to maintaining a healthy diet, managing
your waistline and maintaining a fitness regimen. With the holidays fast
approaching and inevitable family feasts looming large, here is a list of ways
you can continue to enjoy your favourite, traditional Christmas delicacies
while getting the most nutritional value and minimal calories from each.
1. Stuffing: Make with
whole-wheat bread and cook separate to the meat so it doesn’t soak up any fats
during cooking. Add onions and celery simmered in vegetable stock plus sage and
spices for flavour.
2. Baked Potatoes:
Sweet mashed potatoes or baked parsnips are a great alternative to a regular
baked potato. If you find yourself limited to a baked potato, try topping it
with yogurt or low fat cream cheese rather than butter.
3. Gravy: Instead of
gravy mix or canned gravy, use natural gravy from pan drippings. Let the pan
drippings stand so the fat rises to the top and can be discarded. Thicken with
whole wheat flour and cook to your liking, finally add seasoning with pepper
and sea salt for flavour.
4. Ham or Roast Beef:
You want to avoid red meats and go for fresh seafood, grilled chicken or a
traditional Turkey. Try to stick with the dark turkey meat as it contains more
vitamins, less calories, has more of the “healthy fats”, and is also
higher in protein.
5. Cakes and Pastries:
While high in calories and trans fat, try replacing these appetizers/snacks
with fresh fruit trays, salads or vegetable platters.
6. Chips and Dip: Bake
whole wheat pita bread and cut into pita chips to replace regular potato chips
and instead of high caloric dips or melted cheeses, stick with a low sodium
7. Corn: Keep veggies