Dieting is the worst. It’s difficult, stressful, and it can feel like you’re missing out on all of your favorite foods. Even just the simple concept of telling yourself you’re going to eliminate certain foods from your diet can be tough. For me, once I tell myself I’m going to stop eating junk food, junk food becomes the only thing I can think about.
What’s even more trying is the abundance of diets to sort through. Do you go Atkins? What about Paleo? Maybe you have a friend who swears by Weight Watchers, but another who insists it’s a waste of money. And don’t get us started on all of those so-called “diabetes diets.” You know, the ones that guarantee to completely reverse diabetes.
The truth is, a diabetic diet isn’t a whole lot different than the same well balanced, healthy diet that is recommended to anyone– whether they have diabetes, or not. Eat lots of greens, fruits, lean meats, healthy fats, and whole grains. Drink lots of water. Remember most things are fine… in moderation.
That being said, learning to enjoy healthy food, and trying to refocus your brain towards finding delicious and nutritious foods you should have, rather than focusing on not-so-healthy foods you should’t have (at least not regularly), can be a tough task. In the video below, Ginger, who also has type 1 diabetes, explores how making gradual dietary changes and focusing on small steps is a crucial first step in improving diabetes management.
Take a look, and don’t forget to let us know what you think in the comments below!
L.D. and her eleven-year-old lab, Eleanor Rigby Fitzgerald, moved from Seattle to Grand Rapids earlier this year, and are currently enjoying exploring their new city! She likes books, music, movies, running, and being outdoors as much as possible.