I'm Trying to be a Healthier Diabetic

aleisha95
By aleisha95 Latest Reply 2013-07-03 11:39:02 -0500
Started 2013-07-02 03:33:04 -0500

I've had type one diabetes since I was only 8 months old. I use to have a very good control over it until I reached my teen years. Now I really struggle to eat right and exercise. I was wondering if anyone had any helpful tips for helping me to get back on track. I'm really struggling and anything is greatly appreciated! Thanks!


10 replies

sandyfrazzini
sandyfrazzini 2013-07-03 11:39:02 -0500 Report

Hi Aleisha, I have been a type 1 for almost 31 years and on the pump for almost 8 years. I completey understand what you are going through, because I am there as well. I do really well for a long time and then the bloodsugars start creeping up and I say why bother testing it's going to be a high reading anyway and I just take a manual bolus and eat anything I want.
I guess for me when I don't go grocery shopping and plan meals is where it all starts to fall apart and I just eat whatever I can find that day. So I really need to shop for the week not just pick up dinner or milk and bread. Then it all just spirals downward I eat poorly because I don't go grocery shopping and then I feel too full an don't feel up to exercising or I sit and watch TV or just eat and go right to bed, which makes for bad blood sugars and extra weight gain. It seems really hard to start doing better again, but I keep trying and that's what's important never give up. I think I will make a grocery list and go this weekend. Good luck to us all.

old biker
old biker 2013-07-02 22:12:05 -0500 Report

Hi Aleisha. You got some great advice below, The next time you are bummed out or just down on yourself think about this
As you grow up, you will learn that even the one person that wasn't supposed to ever let you down, probably will
You will have your heart broken and you will break others hearts,,You will fight with your best friend and maybe even fall in love with them, and you will cry because time is flying by so fast.
So take to many pictures, laugh loudly and often, forgive freely and love like you have never been hurt
Life comes with no guarantees, no time outs, no second chances and at times just plain sucks. But yet still go out there and live it to the fullest
So tell someone what they mean to you and tell someone off, speak out, dance in the pouring rain, sing in the sunshine, hold someones hand, comfort a friend, fall asleep watching the sun come up, stay up late, be a flirt and smile till your face hurts
Don't be afraid to take chances or fall in love and most of all live in the moment, because every second you spend angry or upset is a second of happiness you can never get back
Much luck and good fortune on your journey through life OB

Dr Gary
Dr GaryCA 2013-07-02 16:42:46 -0500 Report

Hey Aleisha!

I am so glad you are here. And as you can see, you are surrounded by really supportive people who get what you are going through because they are on the same road. YOu are not alone.

As others have suggested, don't beat up on yourself. Find a routine that works for you, exercise you enjoy, healthy food choices that are also in line with what you enjoy eating. Work with your self-care, and make it work for you. You might want to talk to a diabetic educator or your doctor, if you haven't already, to put together a self-care program that fits your lifestyle and your preferences.

And get lots of support. Stay in touch with us!

Gary

aleisha95
aleisha95 2013-07-02 16:35:27 -0500 Report

Thank you so much for your advice. I didn't know that such a light workout as walking could help maintain BG levels.

locarb
locarb 2013-07-02 15:00:07 -0500 Report

I suspect that you're already reasonably physically active. I have been surprised to observe profound benefits from (sometimes) the smallest things. For example, merely walking. There is research that shows that by walking for merely 11 minutes beneficially benefits BG. I'm making this point only not to discourage you or anyone else by thinking that you have to turn every activity into an endurance contest or a marathon. I've also had very good luck with yoga. As a general rule, women are physically more flexible than men. That's an advantage that I've observed during two years of yoga classes. My point is, that's another benefit that you can receive even greater results doing something good for you that is healthy. Others here will give you "diet" tips (I have my own). Maintaining a good "diet" is also accomplished with your meter. Test a lot after eating different foods and see how they work for you. All of the other advice, no matter how well intended, won't benefit you nearly as much as monitoring your nutrition

Obviously, comply with your healthcare professional (or find a better one if you don't trust your doctor(s)) and take your medication as prescribed, if applicable.

Try to let the discouraging thoughts and facts go. You have every right and every chance to live and enjoy a healthy life.

John Crowley
John CrowleyCA 2013-07-02 11:01:51 -0500 Report

Aleisha,
Welcome to Diabetic Connect. I can't even imagine what it was like for you and your family to have you diagnosed at such a young age. It is certainly understandable that having had type 1 for so many years that you might be feeling some burnout. That's pretty typical and you should know many others have been right where you are.

The most important thing, I think, is that you have to get your thinking on track first. For example: You've tested so many times at this point in your life, I'm sure you can probably test in less than 10 seconds when you need to. It's not that there's anything terribly difficult about actually testing. But sometimes it can seem like the hardest thing in the world. It's more about the mental fatigue after all these years of all the tedious details. Am I high or low? Why? Did I forget to bolus, did I miscount my carbs? and on and on.

Does that sound about right? Diabetes can be really mentally exhausting. And that's why sometimes you just try to skate through doing as little as possible without ending up really hurting yourself.

One suggestion is to simply be in the moment you're in. It can seem so hard to commit to eating right for the rest of your life. That's really hard. But right now, in this moment, making just one healthier choice (or simply making the effort to find out how many carbs that snack really has) can be so much easier. Give yourself permission to say, I don't know what I'll eat tomorrow. I might splurge tomorrow. But right now, I can choose the salad (or whatever).

Another key part of making those healthier choices is to be really regular in your testing. View your meter just like your speedometer in your car. It's just giving you feedback about where you are right now. There's no judgment. There's no "failing" this test. It's just giving you guidance so you can navigate.

Hope this is a little bit helpful. Please continue to check in with us and let us know how you're doing.

denipink
denipink 2013-07-02 05:08:26 -0500 Report

Aleisha, try making one change at a time. Say you want to start a new diet and remove all pop from your diet. You could start by removing all processed foods. Take the time you need to do that. You may not be able to just Presto! stop and never look back. It might take you weeks to get that one change down pat.

Once you have success with eliminating one food, say, then you are ready to make another important change such as stopping all pop. You can use this method eliminating foods and adding better foods such as more fruits and veggies.

I found that this method worked best for me. Now i am eating very healthy as i continue on towards my goals.

It all takes time to get it right.

Aim for exercising 30 min 3 times a week. Exercise combined with a good diet will enable us to manage our diabetes better and then we can avoid complications.

Denise

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