Lifestyle versus Diet

By GabbyPA Latest Reply 2012-08-05 02:50:19 -0500
Started 2008-08-16 13:20:56 -0500

As I have worked my way thru the last few months adjusting what I eat, how I exercise and what I do to keep my mind sharp and positive I have found that my lifestyle is changing.
I no longer view what I eat as a "DIET", but as my lifestyle. That exercise is not "EXERCISE", but just a normal part of my day and I find that I want to do it 7 days a week, not just 5. Just like brushing my teeth and kissing my hubby good-night. It is encouraging to make that transition.
Sometimes we focus so much on our diet, our testing our highs and lows. There is an inner peace that comes when I accept that this is how I live, and it will grow with me, change along the way, but always be with me.
Have you guys felt the same thing?

18 replies

nikeone 2012-08-05 02:50:19 -0500 Report

The word diet for various reasons signals a short term fix to the brain, and short term fixes and diabetes do not mix. I prefer to use nutritional as this usually signals long term beneficial changes to the brain, especially with appropriate support to bring about such life style changes.

Nick1962 2012-06-18 15:58:23 -0500 Report

I wasn’t here either when this was started, but I’m glad it’s been resurrected because it’s spot on.
In the back of my head I’ve always had the beginnings of a post on “quality of life” but could never form it completely. I think now I realize that we have to change our expectations from time to time what that means to us.

jayabee52 2012-06-18 15:36:30 -0500 Report

Hadn't seen this before in the years since I've been here, but I have come to feel the same way. In fact I only very rarely use that 4-letter word "diet" preferring to use "meal plan" or "eating plan" instead.

cindygal1 2012-06-18 15:30:34 -0500 Report

I feel the same way that you do, of course along the way there will always be changes./ A1C was 6.5 after the doctor changes my medication She made so other changtes that haa brought my good cholestrol up 14 points. She will not make any more changes for awhile.

Set apart
Set apart 2012-06-18 05:53:07 -0500 Report

Hi Gabby, you know I had a friend who told me a long time ago that diet wasn't a one time thing it was a part of your daily life. Before diagnosed I was a believer in this. With D my diet is even better today, as far as exercising I am weird, I love it and almost get upset when it's not part of my regular daily routine! It becomes addicting in a good way!

JSJB 2012-06-18 03:51:33 -0500 Report

I agree, It is hard to get use to this life style but eating and exercise are a part of it. I eat healthy and exercise without thinging about it like you said like brushing your teeth.

Nana_anna 2012-06-17 22:08:04 -0500 Report

I have been thinking the same thing. I have tried to follow plans of diets that are out there. I have to say they all mean well. Most of the time, I can't follow them to a tee. Sometimes I can't afford all of the right foods to follow them. Or don't have the right exercise equiqment, nor can I afford to by those either. I have to do what I can on my own. I find those websites like You Tube have a great variety in exercising. I use the that and the free things that I can get on line. I cannot do allot of those hard movements in areobics yet. But I am working in my own pace. They let you do that to. Most important thing is to do what is right for you.

MewElla 2012-06-17 19:07:17 -0500 Report

Absolutely I call my change in habits a lifestyle, and helps me maintain better rather than being on a diet…

GabbyPA 2012-06-04 10:48:26 -0500 Report

Wow, this is a throw back! It is good to know that this is still mostly true. I have let a few things lag, but for me, diabetes has made a new lifestyle. In fact, while it is growing into something more "primal", it is growing in the right direction.

Fairlawngirl 2012-06-04 08:18:26 -0500 Report

I agree also! I just started using an updated insulin pump yesterday (I luckily got it covered). I exercise and keep an eye on that carb intake.
I tend to have lots of lows! Three times in the last 24 hrs!
Any of you live in the Akron (OH) area?
Have a good day

Avera 2008-08-23 15:13:13 -0500 Report

Hi Gabby,
What a wonderful way to think about our diabetic life. I'm glad you wrote this and hope lots of people read it. Thanks again…

DonnaAnn 2008-08-23 22:16:01 -0500 Report

Gabby, its so true, lifestyle is a big big part of taking control. Since i took control in January i have lost a lot of wieght, and I feel better mentally. People ask me all the time: what are you doing, do you diet. I cringe at that word. People say I look good now. Because I took control and changed my lifestyle, I now feel proud when people say this. and I tell them, its a commitment from me to me. I work out, I dont eat out (rarely anyways). I eat very little processed foods. Oh, I wouldnt be able to do that they say. I feel that by doing this I am a inspiration to others. I am walking proof that lifestyle changes do work. You are so right Gabby!

GabbyPA 2008-09-08 06:52:11 -0500 Report

I just realized thru the discussion on another post, that picking a diet to try to do is like picking out a dress. It will get old and worn out before you know it. What makes a lifestyle change so wonderful is that it will grow and change with you, not bore you out of your mind with sameness and tedium. I know I will need a "health check" to make sure things are not creeping back in, but like you said, once you start, it is not so hard to continue. I just returned from a trade show where I had to work kind of hard to keep my lifestyle, but I didn't see it as a problem, just as a choice to do what I like to do. People don't always understand that, but they usually admire it. So you just keep on being that inspiration. Even if only one person imporves their lifestyle because of what you do, then it is icing on the cake! (we really must come up with a better anology than that! LOL)

John Crowley
John Crowley 2008-09-08 07:44:07 -0500 Report

How 'bout these for alternatives to "icing on the cake" :

It's just the lemon in the water!

it's just the salsa on the omelette!

it's just the peanut butter on the celery!

I can't think of any others. I'm not sure anyone would get it, but it's kind of funny to think about using one of these in casual conversation.

GabbyPA 2008-09-08 07:53:04 -0500 Report

Those are fantastic!! I like the salsa on the eggs one. I will have to remember that. Thanks

GabbyPA 2008-08-23 12:48:23 -0500 Report

I just read a great post by DonnaAnn about keeping the faith. I think it is so true to living a new lifestyle. Everything changes from the inside out and it doesn't seem so hard anymore.

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