Before I was diagnosed with diabetes almost three years ago, I didn’t pay much attention to what I ate and I hardly ever exercised. Don’t get me wrong, I didn’t eat a lot of crap. Fruit is my favorite food and veggies are a close second. I love salads and always have. But I wasn’t as careful as I could have been and I definitely wasn’t aware of portion size and food labels.
I’ve already explained to you the importance of portion size and demonstrated how to read a food label. So today I thought I’d give you some tips and tricks on how to stay successful and keep yourself accountable.
- Make a plan: Before you start a “diet” and exercise you need a plan. What kind of diet lifestyle will suit you best? Do you need to go low-carb? Gluten-free, dairy-free? Or do you just need to eat cleaner? Will you give yourself cheat days or meals? Think about it and figure out what you think will work best for you. WRITE IT DOWN. I cannot say enough about writing things down. Not only does it make it tangible, but it also helps to commit it to memory.
- Buy a food scale: A great way to make sure that you are having the right portions is to buy yourself a food scale and use it daily. I always weigh my food that does not come pre-packaged such as meats, and produce. It’s easy to think you have less than a full portion – with meat especially. Weighing these foods will give you a more accurate picture of how much you should be eating.
- Get an app: Track your progress on an app. I have MyNetDiaryD because it is specifically for diabetes and I can track my blood sugar and carbs in addition to my calories, weight and exercise. But do some shopping and find which one works best for you.
- Get active: You don’t have to get a fancy gym membership to be active. Simply taking a 30 minute walk outside will help you lose weight and help your heart health as well. If you really need push, get yourself a fitbit and find all your friends. You’ll want to get in on the action too! Just remember to set a goal that works best for you in the beginning. Say you have a friend that works retail at a large store but you work a desk job – you cannot expect that you will get the same amount of steps per day as your friend. If you try to reach the same goal, you might fail and be discouraged. Don’t do that to yourself. Know yourself and what you are capable of. Start slow and build up.
Just know that these are tips to get you started. I believe in you and I know you can do it!
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