Eating/Playing Healthy and on a Budget

By MissCamry Latest Reply 2013-08-14 17:47:58 -0500
Started 2013-07-23 21:54:10 -0500

Hi D-Friends,

Just wondering what types of measures all of you take in staying healthy while managing Diabetes. Not only do I have Type 1, but also CP and use crutches to walk. Today was the first day in a very long time that I had decided to exercise (sadly), and went for a 1 hour walk. Do any of you have any suggestions for low key exercises that are effective, along with any recommendations for healthy meals while on a budget (28$/week). Thanks very much. :)


12 replies

ny-winner-1 2013-08-14 17:47:58 -0500 Report

I log on to ABE for Fitness—really easy exercise bouts sitting or standing. I'm sorry, I misread 28$ for $285. I've been there and done that. Ate a lot of beens and rice. If you're really strapped maybe you can seek out a pantry in your area.

ny-winner-1 2013-08-13 14:48:10 -0500 Report

Hi Miss Camry;

"Exercise" is great but it's "physical activity" is the concept behind what's needed to make a difference in our health and well-being. I'm sure walking was a physical activity before it became and exercise. Agree? Walking is great and you should continue to do it whenever you're able. 3-5 minute bouts of simple physical activity over the course of a day @ 2-3 days a week adds up. Do whatever you can and build upon it. It gets easier and you feel so much better as time goes. I'm new in the group and haven't read the rules yet. I'm not sure if I should drops names and/or links for exercise sites, so I'll have to get back to you. But remember, even doing your daily chores is "exercise."

I've heard that in areas of the world where people live the longest lives they hardly exercise regularly, they just do what they have to do a a daily basis. Maybe you have some type of area to grow vegetables. You could tend to your vegetables have great meals AND be physically active; that would be ideal.

I eat as much leafy green vegetables as I can—kale, collards and broccoli—sweet potatoes and lots of beans. I'm learning to try different grains (millet and polenta are reasonable) but it's mostly brown rice with my beans. When cooking, it's good to make enough for leftovers. That saves time and money.

Kirk H
Kirk H 2013-07-30 10:41:15 -0500 Report

Hi MissCamry, walking is a great Idea when starting any excersize program. I would suggest spending as much time as possible in a swimming pool. It provides great excersize without causing any problems related to knees, joints etc.

Scarlet03 2013-07-28 23:01:10 -0500 Report

I'm with you at this moment and not being able to go far due to spine issues. At the most I take my dog out 4 to 5 times a day for a 15min walk . I have type 2 but on insulin. I don't walk fast and I'm careful. Plus I have those days where I don't want to go anywhere. Hehehe my dog gets me up and going even if its just outside my door.

Scarlet03 2013-07-28 23:07:47 -0500 Report

Oops forgot…when it comes to meals. I try to stretch. Being a single parent isn't easy. And I shop once a month. Its not a lot of junk food, but a staples. Plus I buy frozen veggies they are in expensive and go a long way

swinaz 2013-07-28 02:49:40 -0500 Report

If you are having a really bad day, you can do chair exercises. Anything that you can do to increase and keep your heart rate up will do the trick. It doesn't have to be "conventional" exercise. Even using your own weight will help in the beginning. If you can, add weights. At home, cans work great for weight. There are arm bikes. It wouldn't hurt to speak to your doc about things that they may think will help. Good luck. I'm newly diagnosed and I'm still working on eating healthy on a budget. I did make soup in the crockpot that will last a few days. I'm feeding a family of 4. When I get some ideas, I will share.

_Sean 2013-07-25 03:08:06 -0500 Report

I agree with Old Biker- the most important thing is being consistent, even when you don't feel like it. I've read the positive effects of exercise can last about 48 hours in regards to your body being more receptive to insulin for T1. Obviously there are a lot of awesome mental benefits to getting outside. So you don't have to do it EVERY day. If walking a few days a week is an achievable goal for you start with that and maybe incorporate something like swimming later on. From my own experience I know after a few days it gets easier and pretty soon you won't want to miss a day of exercise.

old biker
old biker 2013-07-24 07:48:31 -0500 Report

Hi Misscamry, along with diabetes I have peripheral arterial disease in both legs which makes walking any distance a struggle. But I am still out there walking a mile each day. If I miiss a couple of days due to the weather I see the diiference in my numbers. Swimming is another great low impact exercise. Good luck and stay strong in your journey through life