In this case the ‘main thing’ I referenced in the title is maintaining and/or losing weight, monitoring and controlling our blood sugar levels.

Those of us who have been diagnosed as Type 2 diabetics know from experience that the keys to control our blood sugar are weight control, healthy diet and regular exercise program.  Now that the weather tends to be cooler in many areas of the USA it is a good time to step up your outdoor exercise routine.  Make sure you walk at least 15 minutes daily, 5 of 7 days.  This is a minimum.  If you are able set your target for 30 minutes.  This walk is not a leisurely stroll, but at a pace that will invigorate your heart without exhausting you.  BE CERTAIN to check with your doctor before beginning any exercise program.  Find a friend or buddy to walk with.  You can even plan to walk in a mall on days the weather does not permit you to walk outside.  The goal here is to have a plan and to work that plan.

I suggest you weigh weekly, about the same time of day, wearing similar clothing.  If you notice your weight creeping up you can nip it in the bud right away.  No dieting needed.  Just increase your vegetables and reduce your carbs.  As we all know it is much easier to lose 2 than 20 pounds. Take your medication as prescribed by your doctor.  Most do this, but there are a few out there who for various reasons modify the manner in which they take their medication.  I find that if I vary my routine I have a tendency to forget to take my pills.  My usual habit is right after breakfast and right after dinner.  However, when I get involved in some activity and have breakfast closer to noon than to nine I notice that evening—oops didn’t take my morning medication.  Routines are great because they become habits and that requires less conscious thinking on our part.

BE HEALTHY! ENJOY LIFE!  LOVE YOURSELF!  You don’t have to fit into any particular size package.  The emphasis is on doing things that keep you healthy and avoiding things that don’t.  Reward yourself when you are successful in attaining a given target (yes); but also reward yourself when you stick to actions that lead toward that goal—even if you don’t see noticeable signs of progress.

Here are two recipes that will fit well with your eat healthy routines.

Dill Gazpacho

 Dill Gazpacho

This refreshing soup originates from Spain and is served ice cold. The base of the soup is made with fresh tomatoes, cucumber and peppers. For a smoother soup, puree more than half of the vegetables. If you prefer it chunky – don’t puree them at all. It’s even better if you can leave this soup overnight to allow the flavors to develop. “A fresh and mild gazpacho that takes advantage of all that summer has to offer. Super easy too. Garnish with a sprig of fresh dill and serve chilled.”— Amy

Baja Black Beans, Corn and Rice

baja black beans.corn and rice
A south of the border blend of textures and flavors. serve hot as a main dish or a side dish with grilled meat or chicken.

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About the Author

Theresa was diagnosed with type 2 Diabetes Fall 2009.

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