Have you mastered use of your glucose meter? Test at least once (or more) every day.
Are you drinking enough water? Have you replaced all juices, sodas, and other sugary drinks with plain water?
Have you replaced all (or most) processed food with real, unprocessed foods? If not, keep working at it! For help with selecting real foods, take time to download and print out our Food List for Diabetics [PDF].
This week you will add daily exercise (Law of Health #2). What is the best exercise to reverse or prevent diabetes? The answer: any exercise you enjoy enough to do every single day! Many doctors and other health care practitioners recommend walking as the best overall exercise. Walking benefits every organ and system in the body. Best of all, it’s free!
You may have heard or read that you should take 10,000 steps a day. This is great for those who can do it! But you are not a failure if you fall far short of this goal. Some of you may find success in just walking out to the mailbox and back every day!
The standard advice for diabetics (or anyone) is to walk a minimum of 30 minutes a day for at least five days a week (150 minutes per week). You can split this into two 15-minute walks, or three 10-minute walks, whatever works for you. Personally, I’m going to do one 30-minute walk so I don’t have to keep putting on and taking off my shoes and socks.
I once asked my doctor if I needed to exercise every day. Her response: “Are you a diabetic every day?”
If you have limited mobility, such as confinement to a wheelchair or walker, you can do upper body exercises, such as chair yoga or tai chi. Search our website for more ideas.
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January 2022 [PDF]