Manage your diabetes by EATing healthier and PLAYing throughout your day! Simple lifestyle changes can make all the difference in keeping your diabetes under control and may be easier than you think. Here’s a few tips and tricks that can help to make the process stress free and a little more enjoyable. Take a look at the tips below to help you EAT and Play successfully with diabetes.
Tip #1- Meal Planning
Planning and preparing your meals the night before not only saves time, but also helps you to fill your plate with foods that are healthy. Last minute fast food runs during lunch can add extra sugar and high levels of salt to your meals. You can avoid this by planning your meals ahead of time. Plan out what you would like to eat for breakfast, lunch, and dinner the night before and begin preparing these meals, making sure to add fruits, veggies and healthy snacks. (This also helps to monitor your portions and track your calories). In the morning when you arise, all you have to do is grab your food from the fridge and enjoy your day. For ideas on meal planning, check out these menus and recipes from USDA that can help you to successfully plan 2 weeks of meals.
Tip #2 Exercise without thinking about it
Exercise doesn’t have to done only at a gym. Simple activities can work just as good and you can even slip them in throughout your day. One way to do this is to park your car farther away then you usually do. So, let’s say you’re at the grocery store and you see a spot right in the front, pass on that parking space and opt to park a little further away from the entrance. This will help you get some extra steps in and get your heart rate up. Another option is to get fit while do you the house chores. Turn sweeping or vacuuming into a chance to burn extra calories by adding in some extra movement. Certainly some chores burn more calories than others, like carpet sweeping or mopping, but all exercise is good exercise! Take a look at this calorie counter to see how many calories you can burn by cleaning.
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Tip #3 Download a Diabetes Tracking App
Do you sometimes forget to check your blood sugar levels or take your medications? If so, downloading a diabetes management app may help out a lot! These apps, which are free and available for download on both iPhone and androids, keep track of your blood pressure, activities, medications, and blood sugar. You can set alarms to remind you to test your blood sugar, log your meals, and receive exercise tips with instructions and images, to help improve your health. To download a diabetes tracking app to your phone or computer, please visit the app store.