What are your Diabetic Best Practices that help you toward success? In the evolution of watching what I eat and do, I am discovering some things, that help me be successful.
The first day after my diagnoses a month ago, my company took us all out to eat and thus my watching myself began. Here are some things that have helped me thus far.
If you are going out to eat as a group or individually, see if you can find the menu online. Read the calories, nutrition values and anything they provide that will help you make the best choices ahead of time.
Recently I went to Denny's and had food substituted at no cost to egg whites, a whole grain pancake, sugar free syrup, and low fat/sodium turkey bacon.
Keep your groceries well stocked with food you can eat. One of my first trips I made to the grocery store, I spent time reading the labels and looking carefully in each aisle as I went down them. I discovered a narrow strip of shelving top to bottom where sugar free ketchup, fat, gluten & sugar free dressing were housed in many flavors. Sugar free jam is not the same but passable. American fat free cheese does melt where fat free cheddar does not. Not all lunch meats are the same so read the labels.
Raw salt free nuts are sold separately from the rest of the nuts. I found mine near the fresh foods where you pour, bag, and label the package.
Try new vegetables and fruit. I love Granny Smith apples but was introduced to a Jazz Apple which is very crispy and sweet with a kick. Different lettuces have different nutrient levels and make for a good sandwich wrap. Remember the more colorful, a fresh item is, the more vitamins it holds. Eat raw when possible for the extra fiber.
Keep snacks that cater to all your cravings. They need to be quick and answer an immediate urge. My cravings fall into both a sweet and salty categories. For sweet I have the sugar free pudding and Jello cups. For salty I go for extra flavor of carrots dipped in garlic hummus, or broccoli florets in fat/sugar free ranch dressing. Pork rinds are also carb free but are 50% fat with high sodium. Take your snacks with you to work and when you go places. You will be prepared.
Try substitutes and go for the flavor. With fat free butter spray, I do not miss butter or margarine. Salt free Mrs Dash come in many flavors and seasoning combinations. I have found even some of the generic versions even tastier.
Experiment with recipes. I take a large lettuce leaf to roll my burrito filling in and eat it with a fork.
Involve your family to thinking about you. My son makes us stir fry and my food is taken out before the sauce is put on it. Do not have your feelings hurt if at a party there is not much you can eat. Discuss what they are having in case you need to eat ahead of time.
Walk in the sunlight as weather permits. Sunlight is good for vitamin D. We walk inside our office building, taking the stairs up and down with hall ways in between in inclement or too cold/hot weather.
Wear good shoes that give support and cushion. These do not have to say Diabetic or Orthopedic on them as there are many brands that are made well. They can be found if you Google the words comfortable shoes for brands. Most people have to try on shoes to determine fit and comfort. Once you know your fit in a brand and style, shopping on-line can be a savings, especially if you look for on-line store coupon codes to add to a website sale.
Drink lots of ice cold water. It speeds you metabolism up, warming the water and gives you much needed hydration. If you do not like water, try putting a lemon wedge in the water or use a sugar free Wylers or Crystal Light.
Connect. You made a start connecting here. I find the more people I tell that I am a newly diagnosed Diabetic, the more people let me know they are Diabetic as well.
Most of all be your own best friend. Everyday try and prepare to be your best. Celebrate the good you see. Make yourself a priority for yourself and those who love you. Be kind to yourself when you falter and realize you now have an opportunity to do even better.
Cry if you must but renew yourself with a plan and goals. Make your goals realistic and bite size. We are taking this thing step by step and day by day. Lets give ourselves a chance at success!
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