AUGUST: National Wellness Month
August is celebrated as National Wellness Month, a time to focus on promoting overall health and well-being. For individuals living with diabetes, prioritizing wellness becomes even more crucial. By adopting a holistic approach and incorporating mindful practices into daily life, people with diabetes can effectively manage their condition while enhancing their overall quality of life. Let’s explore how to embrace wellness and achieve balance while living with diabetes.
Balanced Nutrition and Mindful Eating:
One of the cornerstones of diabetes management is maintaining a balanced diet. Focus on consuming whole, nutrient-dense foods such as fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins, and healthy fats. Mindful eating practices can help you better understand your body’s hunger cues and avoid overeating, leading to better blood sugar control. Schedule an appointment with our dietitian, Leslie, to learn more about how food can impact your blood sugars.
Regular Physical Activity:
Engaging in regular exercise can have numerous benefits for people with diabetes. From improving insulin sensitivity to managing weight, physical activity plays a vital role in diabetes management. Find activities you enjoy, such as walking, swimming, cycling, or yoga, and aim for at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise per week. Always consult your healthcare provider before starting any new exercise regimen.
Stress Management and Mental Wellness:
Chronic stress can have a negative impact on blood sugar levels, making stress management an essential aspect of diabetes care. Practice relaxation techniques like deep breathing, meditation, or mindfulness to reduce stress. Engaging in hobbies, spending time in nature, or seeking support from loved ones can also contribute to mental well-being.
Monitoring Blood Sugar Levels:
Regular monitoring of blood glucose levels is essential for people with diabetes. Keep a record of your readings and share them with your healthcare team to adjust your treatment plan accordingly. By maintaining optimal blood sugar levels, you can reduce the risk of diabetes-related complications. If you haven’t heard about Continuous Glucose Monitors, ask your provider at your next visit.
Prioritize getting adequate sleep each night. Poor sleep patterns can affect blood sugar levels and overall health. Aim for 7-9 hours of quality sleep, establish a bedtime routine, and create a sleep-friendly environment.
Regular Check-ups and Diabetes Education:
Schedule regular check-ups with your healthcare provider to monitor your diabetes management progress and adjust your treatment plan as needed. Staying informed about diabetes through educational resources and support groups can empower you to make better choices and stay proactive in managing your condition.
As we celebrate National Wellness Month in August, let us remember that wellness encompasses physical, mental, and emotional health. For those living with diabetes, embracing a holistic approach to wellness is crucial for effective diabetes management. By focusing on balanced nutrition, exercise, stress reduction, and regular healthcare check-ups, individuals with diabetes can lead fulfilling and healthy lives.
The Diet-Betus – our version of recipe of the month just as tasty but with a healthy tweak here and there. This safe-to-eat raw cottage cheese cookie dough is a delicious twist that you have to try asap since it is a high protein dessert that won’t spike your blood sugar like regular cookie dough. Plus it is made with simple ingredients! Here’s the recipe:
Cottage Cheese Cookie Dough
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
- 8 oz cottage cheese
- ⅔ cup almond flour
- 1 scoop vanilla protein powder
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 tablespoon maple syrup
- ½ cup chocolate chunks
- Add the cottage cheese, vanilla extract, and maple syrup to a blender and blend until smooth.
- Pour the cottage cheese mixture into a bowl then add in the almond flour, and protein powder, and mix.
- Fold in the chocolate chips or chunks and enjoy!
Nutrition: Serving Size = ⅛ of recipe
- 171 calories, 3 g saturated fat, 13 g carb, 2 g fiber, 8 g protein, 100 mg sodium, 117 mg potassium, 45 IU vitamin A, 74 mg calcium, 1 mg iron