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Healthy Tricks: A Little Goes a Long Way

A little goes a long way when it comes to being healthy. These healthy tips are focused on the dietary and medication aspects of diabetes management.

Tips to be more healthy

Here are a few tricks that I’ve found to work, and I hope you do too!

Prepare healthy portions of carbs

Once a week I buy a medium sub roll from my favorite bakery. That night I’ll have a quarter of the roll with homemade soup and salad for my dinner. I cut up the rest of the roll in thin slices, place in a freezer-safe container and place in the freezer.

The frozen sub roll slices are small – the size of a tablespoon. I’ll grab two from the freezer, pop them in the toaster oven for a few minutes, and add them to my homemade soups, stews, and salads. A little goes a long way and helps me watch my carb count, without feeling like I’m depriving myself.

Prepare healthy meal additions/snacks

I like to keep a few cups of cooked edamame in the fridge to add to salads, fusion dishes, scrambles, or have as a cold snack straight from the container. Edamame is low in carbs and high in protein and fiber.

Track medication dates

Speaking of the fridge, I keep a marker in my fridge “insulin drawer.” Whenever I open a new bottle of insulin, I write the open date directly on the bottle.

Prepare glucose tabs in recycled bottles

I clean (then sterilize with rubbing alcohol), rinse and dry, medium/large empty vitamin C, D, or E bottles, and refill them with glucose tabs. The repurposed vitamin bottles are portable and I feel like I’m helping the earth by reusing them. I keep a bottle in both my car and computer bag.

Leave yourself reminders

After decades of living with diabetes, I still find it incredibly helpful to keep a post-it-note inside my front door that reads: “Do you have your meds?” It’s a great reminder so I don’t leave my house without my diabetes supplies!

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  • Thomas A McAtee Jr. moderator
    1 month ago

    Kelly, those are some cool tricks to help keep things organized and straight. I like that. We use old prescription bottles as well for some stuff. Like your postits on the door as well.


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