My circle of life with Diabetes- food, exercise and my support system
1. I have diabetes. I am depressed. This is challenging. How do you beat the blues?
I have a variety of ways to beat the blues. Sometimes I need to spend time alone: I bake, read, or come up with something sarcastic to say on Twitter. Other times it’s important to get out of my own head and sped time with others, so I will force myself to go out with someone even if I don’t feel like it. I usually end up feeling much better by the end of the day when I do this.
2. I love my endos office. What to expect from your endocrinology and the team. Share insights with a newly diagnosed diabetes individual.
What I like about my endocrinology team is that I know what to expect from them. They are calm and professional, and follow the same routine every time I’m in. My endocrinologist cares about me as a person. When I had some problems with depression she took the time to talk about it. I think it’s important to have a good working relationship with your doctor.
3. Diabetes and exercise. It seems an uphill task. Tips to keep the lows and highs in blood glucose levels regulated.
Personally, I make sure my blood sugar is in a good range before I begin, and I have a source of glucose with me at all times. I’ve found that if I don’t get my heart rate up before I start weight lifting my blood sugar will spike pretty hard, so I like to mix up the cardio and strength training.
4. Your favourite fitness routine.
I like to go with a mix of cardio and strength training. My favorite cardio is jump roping, and my favorite strength training exercises include weighted squats and working with free weights.
5. A meal that is healthy and delicious.
I learned to make cauliflower pizza crust at diabetes camp. Paired with a salad, it makes a tasty low carb meal.
6. Favourite eat out meal that doesn’t bother you.
I like to eat at Japanese restaurants. There are a lot of things there that are high in carbs, but I stick to stir fries. They’re full of vegetables, taste great, and don’t bother my blood sugar.
7. Has diabetes stopped you?
The only time diabetes has stopped me from doing anything is the time I was asked to enter a contest that would have me eating over a pound of ice cream. I had to politely decline. Other than that diabetes has not stopped me from doing anything.
8. Life without diabetes would be….
Now that I’ve been living with diabetes, I feel like life without diabetes would be uncomplicated. There are so many things I have to consider just to have a meal!
9. Five things in your grocery list. A must for every diabetes patient.
- Some sort of green: spinach and Swiss Chard are my favorites
- Almond milk (also chocolate almond milk!)
- Salad ingredients: lettuce, tomatoes, garbanzo beans, cucumber, etc.
- Bananas (they don’t bother my blood sugar!)
- Tofu- my favorite meat replacement.
10. My strength comes from….
As much as I would like to say my strength comes from within, most of my strength comes from knowing I have people around me to lean on: my parents, my family, and my friends. I am extremely grateful to have these resources in my life.