Eat The Rainbow
It’s more of a request than a catchy title. Chances are, if you’re reading this, you have Diabetes. Sucks, huh? I say over and over again one of the best things we can do for ourselves as Diabetics is to eat well. Picking up a piece of food and putting it in your mouth is easy. So why not pick up something that won’t contribute the destructive power of your disease? Pick up a Snickers ooooorrrrrrrr….pick up an apple. A banana. Some broccoli. Avocados. Spinach. Carrots. Blueberries. Strawberries. You get the idea. Eat something that grew in or on or above the ground. Not something that is processed and packaged and stuffed full of the chemicals that are slowly killing people.
“But, it’s hard.”
NO IT IS NOT.
It takes the same amount of body strength and motor skill coordination to the eat a carrot as it does that killer candy bar. And you get so much more for you effort. Vitamins! Ooh, and making the right choice and caring for yourself and making yourself healthier. Cool, huh?
Put the candy bar down.
Okay, okay. A candy bar here and there won’t kill you. But it HAS to be here and there if at all. Really. And here and there doesn’t mean hiding them all over your house so that you find one over here and over there. It means if you cave and eat a piece of junk food once or twice a month you’ll probably be just fine. Best plan though – just don’t buy the junk. Your pancreas will thank you for it.
So, do what I did. You don’t have to go vegan over night (or at all – I frickin’ LOVE eggs!)
Make a list of all of the fruits and vegetables you can think of. In one column, list the ones you’ve tried. In the other, the ones you haven’t tried. Then commit yourself to adding at least two of the ones you haven’t eaten to your grocery runs. Oh, and, you have to eat them. That way, you can find new things you like and ease them into your diet.
Step two: Replace your junkie snacks with fruit. I did this and after about two – three months, I didn’t want the other crap anymore. As time goes on, I want more live, raw food. My body loves it and I crave it.
Throw in some exercise and before you know it, you’re doing swell. I lost 60 pounds doing this. Put healthy fuel in your body. Use the fuel. Get adequate water and sleep. That’s it. Those easy things can help improve your Diabetes management more than you can imagine.
If you are already working on this – WAY TO GO! If you fall back a little, big deal. Get up and move forward again. As long as you’re not dead, you have time to make yourself healthier.