A diagnosis of diabetes can leave one feeling overwhelmed and frightened. You have most likely been informed of all the possible complications associated with the disease. You know that controlling your blood sugar will be based, to a large degree, on changing your diet and exercise regime. It feels like an uphill climb that will never plateau.
If change was easy, we would all be our perfect weight and incorporate the ideal exercise regime into our lives. The truth is, there are countless internal and external aspects at play that sabotage us on a regular basis: the subconscious mind, our every-changing emotions, our upbringing, and our decisions, for right or wrong, about the priorities in our life.
But now something looms ahead—a large ship on the horizon—whose sails will be billowing white or tarnished and tattered. If not controlled, diabetes can lead to extreme fatigue, eye problems, kidney problems, heart problems, nerve pain and even amputation. If controlled through diet and exercise, you can begin to reclaim the health you were born with and start feeling better than you have in a very long time. It’s that ah-ha moment in life. You can look at the diagnosis as the beginning of the end, or the incentive you needed to really make a difference in your life.
Slow and Steady
According to the American Psychological Association, change is best achieved by breaking your goals into small, manageable steps. Change your diet by adding more vegetables to your meals the first week. The next week add more fruit until half of your plate is filled with fruits and non-starchy vegetables. The next week change your starch intake to only whole grains such as sprouted wheat, couscous and quinoa. The next week make sure that all your protein is high-quality such as wild salmon, poultry or legumes. Before you know it, you’ve incorporated the plate plan into your diet—a plan that recommends that half of each meal be fruits and vegetables, one-quarter protein and the other quarter whole grains. Add some low-fat yogurt with fruit and nuts for dessert and you will be well on your way to a new life and a new energy level.
In most instances, a minimum of 30 minutes of exercise 5 days a week is recommended. That doesn’t mean you have to start running three miles a day. If you haven’t been doing much in the way of exercise, start with just 10 minutes a day and increase at a steady rate until you’re at your 30 minute goal. The key to incorporating an exercise program is to make sure it is something you enjoy. If walking around the neighborhood leaves you yawning, consider wandering through a botanical garden or hiking one of the many nature trails that have become a part of many communities. Switch it up with one of the many exercise classes most senior community centers or local YMCA centers offer such as Tai Chi or water aerobics.
Home Care Provider
If you or your loved one is in need of assistance, consider the services of a home care provider. These professionals can motivate you when you’re feeling down by accompanying you on a walk or preparing diabetic-friendly foods that are delicious. They provide that all-important companionship that is so important when making changes that will make all the difference in the world to a life well-lived.
If you or an aging loved one are considering hiring home care in Woodbridge, NJ, please call the caring staff at Key Home Care. Serving Metuchen and Surrounding Communities For Over 14 Years. Call Today (732) 205-1635
After 14 years in business, Sharon fully immersed herself in the Senior community. She became the President of the Senior Commission in her home town of Metuchen, NJ. She is also on the Accessibility Commission in Metuchen. Sharon has been a member of the Metuchen Chamber of Commerce since 2002.
Sharon grew up in Perth Amboy, NJ with her parents, two sisters and one brother, and moved to Metuchen in 1999.
Sharon has learned a lot about the needs of seniors and their families. Everyone's situation is unique and needs to be handled individually. Sharon likes to get to know her clients by communicating with them and finding out what would make their difficult situation a little more pleasant.
In her free time, Sharon has two children that keep her busy and enjoys playing tennis whenever she can.