Managing or preventing diabetes requires a plan, just like anything in life that needs to be done right. Let’s face it, it’s difficult to get something done without a plan, whether it’s at work, at home, or for your personal life, making a plan is always the best approach.
That said, here is a tip to make a plan to manage or prevent type 2 diabetes: keep a journal.
Have you ever heard of bullet journaling? It’s a great way to keep yourself organized. You can do everything from scheduling events to keeping track of what you eat every day. Best of all, you keep it in a single easy to carry notebook. It’s perfect for people who are not tech savvy and can’t figure how to use a smartphone (or don’t want to carry one), or for those who love to write on paper. I carry one myself, and in it, I log my to do list as things come, notes on something I’d like to remember later, appointments, and even a log of my weight and exercise. I even write weekly goals at the start of every week. I couple that with my phone, but that’s not really required.
In the journal you can keep track if you are:
- Eating well
- Exercising every day
- Watching your weight
- Keeping stress levels low
- Trying to quit smoking
How? You may be wondering. It’s simple, just keep a daily log what you ate, if you exercised, your weight, what made you stressed that day and how many cigarettes you smoked (or didn’t smoke).
You could also use it to keep track of your glucose levels every day and remind yourself of what prescription medications you need to take on certain days.
Here’s an example of how you can get started. FYI, you don’t need a fancy notebook.