I’m definitely not qualified to give health or medical advice and surely do not claim to know a lot about living with diabetes. But, I thought I could list some things I do or try to do everyday to keep feeling my best.
Drink lot’s of water.
I think this amount is actually different for everyone. I say, drink water if you’re thirsty. For me, I find that I need to drink about 6 pint glasses of water a day (about 90-100 ounces). That may seem like a lot, but it makes the difference from lethargic me to happy, energized me.
Eat meals on time & have healthy high protein snacks on hand.
I try and eat breakfast about 30 minutes after I wake up, lunch around 12 or 1 pm, and dinner around 6 pm. If I veer too far from these times, I can get pretty nasty. My husband, Corey knows when I get snippy and he says, “are you hungry?” This is usually enough to get my attitude in check and some food asap. I also like to keep almonds, cashews, raisins, nut butters, celery, carrots, cheese, yogurt, salami, or Paleo (low carb) baked goods I make myself on hand. This way I can grab something even if I don’t have time for a meal (which is all too often with a baby and 2 year old). The same snack/meal planning applies when we travel. We pack healthy food for the whole family, and many times book a stay a place with a kitchenette so we don’t have to eat out all the time and can really enjoy our vacations. When we eat better, we feel better!
Try and Steer Clear of Temptations
I notice that when I fall prey to temptations, it’s more challenging to get back to eating the way that makes me feel good. A few months ago, I had the stomach flu. It was the most sick I have been in a very long time, if not the most sick I’ve ever been. My baby was about 5 months old, going through a growth spurt and I was nursing a lot even while sick. I did not and could not eat (I mean nothing) for about 3 full days. It was horrible. I was so sick that honestly I wasn’t even hungry. But even as I began eating very light foods like boiled rice and chicken, my milk supply was still low. So, I thought, well, I need some extra calories so I’ll just eat ice cream, and french fries, and any other high calorie food I could get my hands on (and not necessarily the healthy ones) just this week. The problem was I ended up eating junky food for about 2-3 weeks. I felt so crumby that one night I cried to Corey saying, “I’m an addict. I feel so sick, I don’t know what’s wrong. But I can’t stop eating sugar and foods that are making me feel like crap!” Corey said, don’t worry, you can do it, just get back on track. Don’t eat the kid’s snacks, don’t take samples at the store, just don’t eat any of it. This is exactly what I needed because I realized that for me, there is no eating ‘just a little’ or eating “bad” food for only a week. For me, steering clear of sugary, carb-loaded temptations helps me stay on track and feel my best! Now I don’t even really look at junky food as temptation because I feel so much better when I don’t eat it.
I know my post isn’t totally answering today’s questions and my tips may seem simple. But, as I noted before, sometimes the simplest tips hit home. Even writing my own method in this post help me reaffirm my ways and allow me to recognize and more fully preserve these helpful practices.