Diabetes does not exist in a vacuum. It’s part of your life – and life gets messy sometimes, doesn’t it?
Spouse or significant other wanting your time – and you want to give it.
Kids needing to be taken to sports, activities, tutoring or enrichment programs…and then they want even more time!
The stress that a job brings.
Aging parents…or, aging in general.
Concern about adult children.
Parties, time with friends, your own activities.
The pressures of just living.
Who has time for Diabetes much less to wage a war on it?
Ideally, you’d be able to make the changes necessary to fight the disease and maintain life as you know it. But, life is not ideal, is it? And, fighting to control the disease takes time. I really do understand.
But, and here’s the kicker, if you don’t take the time to control Diabetes, it will win. Complications like kidneys will stop working because they are diseased from processing so much sugar that you need to go on dialysis. Three days a week you are tied to a machine instead of doing what you want to do; instead of spending time with your children, or your grandchildren. That’s the choice you are making today if you are not controlling Diabetes.
So, how can you control the disease and still do everything you are expected, or want to do?
You can introduce new foods into the family’s diet. Nothing huge. Maybe start with a few more fresh vegetables and a few less chips. Work on reducing the carbs the family consumes – they will be healthier for it! Maybe work to eliminate those sugary drinks by finding other beverages to serve at home. Heck, look what happened to me on New Year’s Eve – I felt less than healthy for the first time in years! By the way, my wife has lost 10 pounds in the last year due to diet changes needed for me to control Diabetes…she loves the results!
Make a game out of reading nutrition labels. Teach kids what to look for and get them educated so they never have to face Diabetes.
Walk a little. Do a few things to take a few extra steps. Look, the most obvious and most often recommended it seems is parking your car a bit farther out in the parking lot. Less obvious is taking a child or spouse with you on your walk. Make it a time just for them. Trust me, they will begin to learn it’s their time and remind you about walking. And, remember, you only need to walk for 30 minutes.
Or, maybe that walk can be your time.
Have trouble remembering your meds? Give a child or spouse the job or chore of reminding you when it’s time to take them. Attach a reward or allowance to it and you might never forget another dose!
In other words, involve your family in your war. When you are successful, they are successful. And, it might just bring you closer together as a family.
Yeah, I know Diabetes does not exist in a vacuum or on a desert island, but with just a little bit of planning, and enlisting others in your War On Diabetes, you will be more successful in your fight. Remember, you have three weapons in your war: Diet, Exercise and Meds – use them.
As always, thank you for reading and sharing.