If you’re living with prediabetes or diabetes, managing your blood sugar is important. However, deciding where to focus can be overwhelming. To get started on your Path to Progress it can be helpful to choose only 1 to 3 new goals each week. Just remember to set yourself up for success by making each step specific and realistic.
Below are example goals that may inspire you. Choose a goal or customize
1. below to set a goal that is right for you.
Obvious? Yes, but it’s worth emphasizing. For example, swap high-glycemic carbohydrates such as doughnuts, sugary cereals, and white bread, for foods with low-glycemic carbohydrates like Glucerna shakes and bars. Make sure you get enough protein. Learn how to deal with those annoying cravings. Remember, nutritious choices can taste great.
To help you stay organized, click on, and print this handy shopping list:
Be a List Maker
You hear about the importance of sleep; it’s especially true for people trying to manage diabetes. Too little sleep can affect your food choices, your ability to exercise, even your mental health.
Exercise has so many benefits. It can help you control weight, help you manage cholesterol levels, strengthen muscle and bone, reduce stress, and can make your body more sensitive to insulin. (check with your health care provider before starting a new exercise routine)
For more helpful information on exercise, click on this article: Diabetes and Exercise: Tips to Stay Physically Active
Accepting that you have prediabetes or diabetes is an important step toward success. Making progress is definitely possible. When you do, reward yourself with a nonfood reward.
Download this helpful chart to record your personal goals and track your progress. Then celebrate your accomplishments.