When I was first diagnosed with diabetes I tried to find one book that would tell me how to manage and control the disease. In order for me to save you time, let me tell you, there isn’t one. Why not? Read on.
I really wanted to find that ultimate guide. That one book I could refer to over and over and over that would guide me through the pitfalls and dangers of diabetes. Oh, I looked. At my local bookstore. On Amazon. Google Books. Just about any where I could think of to look, I looked. I reviewed a lot of books to find out none of them offered solid guaranteed-to-work steps.
Don’t misunderstand me, there are some great books for understanding diabetes and they offer guidelines on what you can do. And, in some future blog, I will list some of the ones I found helpful. But, there is no one-size-fits-all book.
I even toyed with the idea of writing one, but did not know enough. I mean how hard could it be? You have diabetes? This is what you do. Wrong. And, now, I know why I can’t write a guide for you.
I was wrong because we are all different. Blame it on our body’s chemistry. What works for me may not work for you; or will be less effective. There is no single diet – for which cookbook writers and publishers are thankful. No single medication – do you think drug companies are happy about that? Of course they are!
There can be strategies for victory. There can be guides. But no one way works for everyone. It’s just a fact of life. And, why this blog is called Solutions for Type 2 Diabetes.
I have told you about my food diary. In it I wrote down everything I ate or drank, exercise and glucose readings. Not only do you become more aware of what you are putting in your body, you are charting your body’s response. Morning glucose reading goes up – not so good. Morning reading goes down or is where it should be – good, keep doing what you are doing.
What you are really doing is creating The Ultimate Diabetes Book for yourself. So, it seems as though I was wrong. There is one Ultimate Diabetes Book and you create it for yourself. It doesn’t get any more custom that that! And, to make that easier for you, you can find a Food Diary/Journal and a Food Log here. I don’t know what I was thinking by not creating a form for you to use – it’s so much easier for you.
I learned very quickly what I could eat and what I couldn’t eat. It’s right there – in ‘black and white.’ How long does it take each day? If you really stretch it out – five minutes, maybe. Even now if I see a higher glucose reading than I think should exist, I re-start my food diary immediately. Within a day, and sometimes sooner, I can see what the problem is and fix it.
Notice, this is my diary I complete – nobody else can complete it. You have to take responsibility for your care and this is probably one of the single best things you can possibly do.
You Can Create Your Own Journal
You are creating your own reference piece that will guide you, the owner and operator of your body, to control of diabetes! You can do this. You can keep a food diary and by doing that simple step, you will be working to manage and control your diabetes.
This is really, really important to do. It will take less than five minutes a day – that’s all. Five minutes a day to create The Ultimate Diabetes Book for yourself. In 30 or 60 days you will have your own book completed.
What do you list?
- Your morning reading.
- Your morning weight (I had to lose weight, so I listed it.)
- Everything you eat or drink by meal or snack.
- Exercise – length and what you did.
- Evening reading.
- Repeat for 30 or 60 days.
It really is easy and incredibly useful.
You are going to win your battle with diabetes. You will control and manage it. Start by writing your own Ultimate Guide.
Or, You Can Use The Template
Or, you can go to a tab at the top of the page labeled ‘New Food Diary Plus’ and download a template so you can start and maintain your Food Diary. It’s so easy to get!
- Click on the tab
- Click on the link
- Right click on the image
- Choose Save, or
- Choose Print, or
- Go BIG and do both
- Start using it immediately!
You are going to do great!
As always, thanks for reading!