Living with diabetes can be challenging. That doesn’t mean that you need to completely overhaul your lifestyle, though. Instead, try making a few tweaks to your daily habits. With a few strategic changes, you can significantly improve your diabetes management.
1. Prepare Healthy Snack for On-The-Go
Most of us have the best intentions when it comes to our diet, but throw them out the window when we are stranded without healthy eating options. In order to prevent this, prepare healthy snacks to take with you anywhere. Raw nuts and seeds are one of the best snack items as they offer healthy fats, vitamins, minerals, and a healthy amount of fiber.
2. Prepare Your Food Ahead of Time
A lot of people complain that food preparation is too time-consuming and so they prefer not to cook. Avoid this dilemma by preparing your food ahead of time. After grocery shopping, wash and clean all of your fruits and vegetables. Chop your veggies and put them in a Ziploc bag to freeze so that way when you’re ready to cook, the veggies are ready to go. Cook rice in large batches and store in the fridge. By preparing your food ahead of time, you are more likely to remain committed to your health.
3. Improve Your Sleep Chamber
Poor sleep contributes to a diabetes diagnosis almost as much as poor diet and exercise habits. Support your body against diabetes by improving your sleep habits. Remove all distractions from your bedroom, such as a television or other electronics. Be sure that light does not enter through your windows and eliminate noise that could disrupt your sleep. Use earplugs if needed.
Whatever it takes, ensure that you are sleeping well each night.
4. Plan Exercise Ahead
Exercise can sometimes seem dreadful at the end of the day. Rather than relying on your own self-motivation at the end of the day, try planning ahead so that you don’t even have to think about it. It could be as simple as scheduling an evening walk with your neighbor or attending a yoga class. Whatever it may be, planning ahead will help you stick to your goals.
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