Food Matters Chat: Resolutions that Pack A Wallop!
The beginning of the New Year is a traditional time for making plans to finally "get healthy." The most common resolutions we hear folks with diabetes is that they're going to lose weight and/or get their blood sugars under better control. Unfortunately by the middle of January, all that's usually left most resolutions is the guilt you still feel for not having made them happen. Here are five resolutions that have a much higher likelihood of success. And each one pays a big health dividend.
- Stop dieting! Use blood test results to learn how to eat you favorite foods without destroying glucose control. This will show you how to eat those things in normal portions, instead of occasionally overeating and feeling bad about it.
- Substitute a monounsaturated fat (olive oil, olives, canola or peanut oil, nuts) for a saturated fat (cheese, sour cream, meat fat) every day. This will help your heart health, regardless of your weight.
- Do something that makes you breathe deeply every day. Walk more and faster, dance often, jump rope, laugh a lot. Go out and play!
- Make sure you get your recommended lab tests done. (HbA1c; Total, HDL, and LDL cholesterol; microalbumin or other test of kidney function) Ask for a copy of the results (they belong to you). If the results don't please you, do something about it.
- Eat fish at least three times a week. Fish contain omega-3 fats that are great for your heart.
- Eat a salad or a cooked vegetable prepared with a little fat (preferably monounsaturated) with every lunch and supper. Vegetables are bulky. They fill you up, boost your nutrition, and squeeze out more calorie-dense foods.
Happy New Year - Prospero Aņo Nuevo
Last Updated: Thursday August 29, 2002 21:04:28
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