A new year means it’s time for some New Year’s resolutions. For people with diabetes, those resolutions may be focused on getting your health where you want it to be. Here are some tips on how to take control of the issues that come with diabetes.
The idea of having a set meal plan can seem daunting, but it is a lot simpler than most think. Taking the first few steps may feel a bit overwhelming, but laying out a plan will make everything in your life a little easier.
Start by setting aside the time needed to make a meal plan every week. Make a list of what you will eat for each meal and what you will need to buy from the grocery store. Once started, this will become easier each time.
Everyone is always pushing how important exercise is, especially for those dealing with diabetes. For 2019, make this a priority by finding something fun to participate in.
The World Health Organization recommends that adults get at least 30 minutes of exercise a day. Let 2019 be the year that you finally sign up for that class you have been wanting to try out!
Making a list of goals is the easy part. It is important not to set yourself up for disappointment by setting realistic goals.
Focus on smaller, daily goals such as reducing blood sugar levels or eating fewer carbs in each meal. By setting smaller goals that you can approach daily, the task is less daunting and starts over each day.
Daily and annual to-dos
Staying on top of your health can be easier with goals that focus on different timed goals. While you have a list of things to do in 2019, you can also make a list of daily goals.
For example, make sure to get an annual flu shot, eye exam, foot exam, etc. Put daily focus on tasks like the nutrition in your meals, physical activity, taking medications, and more. Daily to-do lists will help you get to your yearly to-do lists.
Something to remind yourself during the coming year is that you are not perfect and mistakes will happen. Don’t be too hard on yourself and keep working towards the goals you set.