November 9th, 2021
Have you been faithful in keeping up with your self-care this year? If not, you can start fresh today with a couple minutes of meditation or going for a walk over your lunch break. I have found the best way for me to implement healthy change is by committing to one small change and practicing it daily. Once that becomes a habit, I add one more healthy habit and repeat the process. If I miss a day or two, I no longer beat myself up, instead I just start again with my habits. Give yourself grace as you begin/continue the change process.
Have you heard the term prediabetic, or prediabetes? Do you know what it means? According to http://www.diabetes.org, the term means that your blood sugar levels are higher than “normal” range but not high enough to be diagnosed with diabetes. With prediabetes, you can experience other symptoms of diabetes or not. There are no clear symptoms, so it is important to talk with your doctor to discuss your concerns and risks.
Ready for some good news? Even if you have been diagnosed with prediabetes you can make small changes to lower your risk of developing diabetes. The National Diabetes Prevention Program is a research-based program developed by the CDC to prevent and delay the development of type 2 diabetes, by implementing a structured lifestyle change. The program addresses diet, exercise, and stress management in six months of weekly group meetings and follow-up sessions as needed.
If you feel overwhelmed and do not know where to begin your healthy life-style journey, let me make a couple suggestions: diet, exercise, and tobacco products. These are some of the same suggested changes listed on the website. Diet does not have to mean cutting out entire food groups or a lifetime of eating bland and boring foods. Exercise does not always mean hours in a gym or doing activities that you hate. Tobacco products, simply put don’t use them. If you are currently using them and want to quit, find the resources and support to quit in a way that you will be successful. Some people can quit cold turkey, others need to substitute it with a healthier habit and some need an accountability partner. You do not have to be alone in the process, you are more than welcome to reach out to me for help in finding options and resources to begin your wellness journey.
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Have a blessed week ~ Lacey