Type Two Diabetes and Diet

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The inspiration for this post comes from reflecting on the past six months, the hope in sharing this with everyone is to raise awareness about diabetes in other people so they can make changes to help prevent this health condition.

People can cause themselves to develop type two diabetes by the choices that they make in their diets. That is what happened to me, and it happened over several years of eating unhealthy food.

Another problem was working shift work for 30 years which makes it challenging sticking with a routine. Working too much overtime contributes to the same issue.

It was not until my condition affected my health to the point of preventing me from doing a routine task, and putting my job at jeopardy; that it got my attention, forcing me to take a hard look at my life.

The Endocrinologist stressed the importance of my diet, we all hear the Doctors tell us the same thing year after year, and I thought that I was doing good with my food choices, compared to my previous years, but the reality was that I had not been serious about making lifestyle changes.

The more educated I become about the relationship between type two diabetes and diet; the easier it is to remain committed and make the necessary changes to my diet.

It takes several months to make these changes but looking back over the last six months there have been some significant advancements in my ability to identify what is suitable for my diet and what is not working.

Remember

We all must remember that each of us is unique individuals and our needs are changing all the time as well. As we age the body changes; adjusting for the changes is something that you must train yourself to do.

What typically happens is we forget that we are getting older and think in our minds that we are still young and can eat whatever we want. But the reality is that our food requirements reduce drastically and many have a hard time adjusting; myself included in this category.

Positive Attitude Lose Weight

Attitude plays such a significant role in anything that you set out to do in life; identifying what you need in your diet is no different from changing a recipe that is not working, or you desire a different outcome in the product.

Looking at something from a different perspective may help to see things in a whole new way. The only way to make that happen is to develop and maintain a positive open attitude.

Change is going to happen in life; that much is inevitable, but how we decide to deal with the change is going to determine how well we adapt to the changes.

This aspect of change is real for weight loss in general, what I have observed in people who are always on a diet, is that they do not respond well to the change in terms of making the behavior’s that work a lifestyle change.

Many people who are slightly overweight do this and are happy with the yo-yo effect, and they will go through life this way without wanting real change. That is okay as long as their health is not negatively affected.

People who want to make life long changes to their body, mind, or soul need to examine their attitudes and keep in the back of their minds that this is the main battle line in moving forward in their pursuits.

Synergy Learning

In the corporate world, we are taught to look for synergies where other disciplines can provide lessons on how to do things more efficiently. When people have substantial training in one area of life, it is good to use strength and build new abilities in other areas of life.

An example is comparing how disciplined a person is in their carriers against how well they control their dietary choices or exercise routines. Many times people perceive the two differently, but people are a combination of both disciplines.

Learning how to take positive habits from other areas of life and converting to apply it to healthy lifestyle changes is not to far-fetched of an idea, and strengthening other areas of life will enhance the areas where you are already active.

Does It Take More Energy to Think Positive?

It does not take any more energy to think positive unless there are extenuating circumstances like extremely negative people around you that you can not avoid.

Most of the time people want things to go well and do not want to cause problems for others, but there are those people in the world who want to be ornery, and no matter what you do there is no helping them, best to avoid these people.

Positive Thinking

In general, you get more energy from being favorable than when you allow yourself to think negative thoughts. Even when your job forces you to think of the worse case scenarios, like “What-If Drills” you will do yourself a favor by taking conscience breaks and thinking about the same scenes in the positive and reverse the negative energy.

People subjected to the horrible things in life daily have to do some mental exercise to be able to cope with the stress involved. After learning this type of skill, it can be almost an autonomous in mind and become a good healthy habit for thinking positive.

How to Develop a Good Attitude

Developing a “good” attitude is just like learning anything in life; people must go through the learning process and be willing to accept and receive the knowledge that comes from the experiences.

God gave us a brain and the free will to choose which way we are going to look at a situation. We can let someone or some incident bother us and get stuck on the experience or want to learn from it and move on to something else.

Building on each experience and applying the lessons learned to help prepare us for the next challenge. Sometimes we get conflicting information that both made be right for other people with different needs.

Reach for it!

When we deal with conflicting thoughts, it is better to file that under future possibilities to try, while remembering the circumstances which you tried it for yourself, after some time passes it could be worth revisiting.

We all have experienced something in the past that did not work as intended, only to discover later that the same thing worked with similar circumstances. These things can happen for various reasons, which may be as simple as having a better understanding and thinking about it differently.

How to Maintain Attitude and Diet

Maintaining your positive mental outlook is something that will take some planning and determination when it comes to changing your diet.

We are creatures of habits, and when it comes to food, there is not an exception to the rule. Choosing food is something that if you do not plan it will become second nature and will often tend to be controlled by preference in taste versus the healthy option.

The key to success in choosing a healthy lifestyle choice every time is to educate yourself and make the meal plans in advance. Also, think about the ways to deal with awkward social situations when you find yourself in a position where you know are especially challenged; this may vary from business dinners to family gatherings.

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Many people may have good intentions in their minds when offering food or drinks to you that you know are harmful to you but are commonly accepted as useful in general.

When people have diabetes, they must adjust their diets or run the risk of having many medical problems from diabetes. It is easy to overlook this if it does not affect you directly or indirectly through a loved one.

Using the consciousness of looking at things from the other’s point of view will help to keep your perspective in place and assist you in maintaining your attitude and diet.

Conclusion

Having type two diabetes is no the end of the world and for people recently diagnosed and new to this way of thinking; realizing that it is reversible in most cases with diet and exercise modifications.

It is essential to develop and maintain a healthy outlook, and a positive attitude to make the necessary lifestyle changes that will transform your life and finish in a better condition after the experience.

Find people who energize you in the right direction, and they promote a positive environment to assist in becoming more healthy lifestyle conscious.

Thanks for taking the time to read this article and we would be happy to hear your thoughts on the subject in the comments section below.

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10 thoughts on “Type Two Diabetes and Diet

  1. Wow, from the title of this article, I thought it was going to be all about what causes type 2 diabetes, and what foods to choose, and what which to stay away from; I was pleasantly surprised to find out that it was more like a philosophical “Pep Talk.” I appreciate you letting us know that type 2 diabetes is much more than just a diet change; It also requires a lifestyle and attitude change.

    I don’t know this firsthand, but I have a close friend at work who has type 2 diabetes, and my younger sister was recently diagnosed. From listening to them, I know that it is a game changer. Thanks so much for sharing your knowledge and experience in encouraging and helping folks cope with it and prevent it. It’s all too common these days, that’s for sure.

    Sue

    1. Thanks for your comment and that is funny how people’s first impression is often different than what others first impressions are. When searching for the right title to this post the diet reference is more intended to be about the thoughts on choice in diet and how we think about it.

      Diabetes affects so many people which is preventable. Making the right choices becomes easier and adjusting the food you eat is easy once your attitude is correct and you are open to new ideas. 

  2. The reason I came to your article is that one of my close friends and work mate is my weight loss accountability partner. We hold each other accountable on what we eat, primarily when we work in an office that people keep bringing food that you know is not good for you, but it’s your weakness and resisting is a challenge.  

    I have listened as she mentions that her blood sugar is up again and the answer is always that someone or some event in the office tripped her over. People will not change, but we definitely should develop the right attitude, for our sakes.

    Allow me to disagree with you on the yo-yo diet slightly. I am somewhat overweight and these used to work, not anymore, in fact, they are more harmful now that I’m older and these yo-yos seem to interfere with my metabolism. I can no longer go through life this way without real lifestyle change. This article is helpful to everyone especially after 40sh even without diabetes.

    1. Great to hear that you have someone to help you to stay on course with your health program. It is so easy to give in to temptation when goodies are present like at the office or where food is served at social settings. 

      Developing a strong discipline is not going to happen overnight, and much thought has to be put in to know how to handle being polite while turning down foods that are not on the meal plan.

      You are correct on the yo-yo effect not being good for the metabolism, just the other day I was reading about how reducing calories in your diet for extended periods can alter your metabolism for a long time.

  3. Thank you for this post. I appreciate you for sharing this post. It’s perfect for me right now. I was diagnosed as a diabetes type 2 patient three months ago and since I have been subjected to a strict diet plan and also the 16/8 intermittent fasting.

    This post has opened my eyes to another view about the possibilities to reverse diabetes that I need a stronger mentality just the same way I need to maintain my natural approach towards it. I will try all possible best to approach this with a stronger positive attitude and believe in staying healthy and maintaining discipline in my food selections too. Thanks

    1. Glad that you found this article at the right time for you, part of the motivation to write about this topic is the effects that it has had on my life.

      In my attempts to find solutions to the problems that come from making the necessary changes, I started noticing the strengths from different aspects of life could be used to learn how to apply to other areas. You have to keep an open mind and right attitude to gain insights and apply it to your diet.

  4. I love how you talked about thoughts and positive thinking, also, with avoiding negativity and people that may be negative. Stress for sure affects sugar levels and in turn cause problems with diabetes. Also, when our mind is in a better place, it tells the body what it needs. It is much easier to diet when you are consciously eating and being mindful of it. This article is excellent, and I appreciate your insight.

    Thank you

    Sara

    1. Thank you for your comment glad you enjoyed the article. Learning how to deal with the way people perceive making healthy lifestyle changes is critical to being able to handle issues that pop up from time to time.  You are right about monitoring your glucose levels and realize that when the blood sugar spikes high that can cause people to become irritable and combative.

  5. Hey Chad,

    Firstly thank you for writing this informative and helpful article. I had heard about it several times but the concept was never so clear. Nowadays type 2 diabetes is so common among the people because of their unhealthy daily routines as you explained.

    To be honest my daily routine is also so crazy. I do not get enough time to sleep. Moreover, I eat a lot, and I am overweight for a reason, and most of my foods are unhealthy. But after reading your article, I feel so motivated, so I think I will try to maintain the tips that you have shared through your article.

    Again thank you so much.

    1. Thanks for your comments and best wishes to you in your struggle with eating unhealthy foods; it is so easy to do that, and it cost less to eat fast food and processed foods over the healthier choices. You have to make a conscious decision to make the change and stick with it, and it is worth it in the end! 

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