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Three Tips to Make Healthier Easier

When we are managing diabetes, we need to help make things easier, not harder. Here are my top three tips.

1. Get a routine

I know it may sound boring but it is very helpful when you have a long list of things to do each day, and we all are busy, right? If you already have a daily routine, great! For those of you who don’t, I promise, it will end up saving you time and keep you on track with your diabetes management.

Some people set an alarm or play a series (you may only need two songs) of recorded songs to walk them through a routine. An alarm can be reminder to do a behavior like take your medication, or using music can help get you thru your morning routine. When the first song plays, you can check your blood sugar and take your medication. Then once the second song begins, this can prompt you to get your breakfast ready and sit down to eat.

I’ve been working with patient with diabetes who on some days, was forgetting to check his blood sugar, or eat, or take his medication. We started a morning goal called 1, 2, 3: Check blood sugar, take medications, and eat. This rhythm of doing the same daily routine soon becomes habit.

2. More vegetables

We still aren’t meeting the recommendations of our daily intake of vegetables and yet vegetables area loaded with important nutrients that can be low in carbohydrate and low in calories. Now why not make eating vegetables fun by turning it into a dinner activity? Each month (or if you are adventurous, each week), choose a different vegetable to “explore.” As a family you can rate the vegetables, and at the same time be adding more vegetables to your diet. And don’t hold back on vegetables you may have not liked as a child. Try them again, and add different cooking methods to add variety as well (grill, bake, roast, microwave, sauté). Have you tried roasting radishes instead of eating them raw? Try it, you just may like it.

3. Eat and Repeat

Keep it simple- use the same breakfast and lunch everyday, maybe changing up the fruit to add a little variety of taste and nutrition. Easy on the grocery list, and time saving – no need to plan each week for two out of three daily meals. Obviously, make sure the meals you adopt are ones that produce good post-meal blood sugars.

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