Managing My Prediabetes with Kale and Ice Cream
In my last blog post, I discussed how I was back on the healthy food and exercise wagon as a result of feeling jittery with too much sugar, participating in new and fun exercise routines with friends and fear of potential amputation and death from full on diabetes if I didn’t get my act together. The new question is this:
How will I maintain this healthy lifestyle and be as strict with it as possible?
Well, since this prediabetes journey began, I believe I have learned one lesson for sure; Perfect is the enemy of the good.
You see, for those of us who already eat healthy, exercise and are of a healthy weight (like me), we may have to cut ourselves some slack and know that it is not always realistic to eat a carb free, paleo diet or exercise 6 times a week.
Failing to do that does not mean we are going to fall sick and die.
The truth is that even people who could do better in the food, exercise and weight department need to cut themselves some slack and do the best they can. At least that’s my opinion. It is very rare to find someone who can give up all treats and exercise daily. If those people exist—and I have met a few! — more power to them.
For the rest of us mere mortals, or at least for me, I have come to the realization that we simply need to do the best that we can, forgive ourselves when we don’t, and get back up on the horse tomorrow or even right after we indulge.
Here are a few more strategies that have worked for me:
- ALWAYS have healthy snacks (hard boiled eggs, cut up veggies, etc.) readily available in the front of your fridge and cabinet that you do indeed enjoy. This will prevent impulse snacking on garbage.
- ALWAYS eat before a social event where you suspect there may not be healthy food or have an emergency supply of healthy snacks in your bag or car. I fully rely on these to get me through many tough circumstances that would otherwise have left me binging on chocolate chip cookies (Like I did last week after fasting for my colonoscopy—I confess!).
- ALWAYS surround yourself with friends and family who are supportive of your healthy life choices and either spend more time with them or prepare yourself mentally (and have a snack!) before you spend time with the more indulgent crowd.
- ALWAYS make exercising fun. It doesn’t have to be the evil spin class (I despise spinning). It can be an activity that is social like a hike with friends on the way to a beautiful healthy picnic; a walk along the water or a fun dance class like tap, Irish dancing, Zumba or belly dancing.
- ALWAYS forgive yourself when you slip up. If your behavior isn’t perfect every day, that’s O.K. Forgive yourself and remember your incentives to feel good and be healthy for yourself and those you love. If this day or this week has not been your best, tomorrow is a new day and another chance for healthy living.
As cliché as it sounds, we all need a healthy balance in our lives. If that means eating a pint of ice cream if you had a horrible day, so be it. Just make sure to be mindful of all the other healthy choices you are making and plan to make so that the healthy choices outweigh the unhealthy ones with a pretty strong ratio.
Good luck and maybe we’ll meet one day. I’ll be the one with the rollerblades and the bag of kale chips (or the rum raisin ice cream cone, depending on the day).