Five Ways To Create Supportive Environments For Diabetics
You have a demanding responsibility. You need much more support than you might realize to conquer Diabetes. I mean much, much more.
Managing Diabetes across a lifetime requires persistence and help to achieve the tight control to avoid serious complications. Making lifestyle changes requires a tremendous amount of support. Don’t kid yourself. Diabetes becomes a problem after many years. Controlling it a few months here or there is not enough.
Using only will power to get the tight control is extremely difficult over a lifetime. We do want to avoid those serious complications, don’t we? After 21 years of trying to maintain my blood glucose levels, I can say with great confidence that you need support and lots of it.
Most of the medical advice and new products is making it even harder. The mass media statistics are making it more despairing. Trying to use willpower all the time will lead to burn out with great disappointment and further aggravating your Diabetes. Nor will doctor’s lectures or the media messages do much good over the long-haul. There is a tendency to blame ourselves for going off our tight control, which just aggravates our ability to achieve tight control. You need support to help keep you on track. You need something else or someone else to do some or more of the work.
Designing supportive environments allows your environments to do the work. Rather than pushing using will power and trying harder you want to focus on being guided, pulled, and supported. This is an unfamiliar concept to many and I agree it sounds a bit abstract. However, this can be one of the most powerful tool you have to control your blood sugar over time. With designed environments, willpower/commitment is minimized or optional.
This is so unfamiliar, there needs to be information about designing supportive environments to help control your Diabetes. Let me start with giving you a few facts about supportive environments.
- Set up your environments as partners. Your environments can be designed to make things easier for you, to automate processes or personal habits. Environments work as a system so that you don’t have to do all the thinking and working. They keep you responding and growing even when you don’t want to. They help you do more work with less effort and attention. Being deliberate about your environments creates a relationship with them – By creating a relationship with your environments, they become much more than tools.
- Environments are everywhere. For example, people, technological systems, the television, office space, R&D teams, pets, school courses, special interest groups, relationships, family, friends, colleagues, physical home office, ideas, concepts, information, energy, feelings, values, Self- body, spirit, gifts, networks – web, and customers.
- Environments are easier on you. Relying on willpower to get things done can often be at the cost of physical or mental strain and stress if relied on too long. Environments, on the other hand, reduce the stress by setting things up to get done more easily, with less effort.
Here are five examples how you can design your environments to support your tight control on your Diabetes.
- Minimize or Eliminate the Massive Amount of Food Temptations
Giving into food temptations can wreak havoc and is one of my weakest failings. Do not underestimate the level of temptation. It is in every supermarket, restaurant, and home. Temptation is around every corner.
Controlling our temptations can have a significant improvement to our blood glucose control.
Simple examples of an environment design is to make sure that foods are either absence or guaranteed to be good.
Absence is not having food you should not eat in the house. This is one of the easiest and best ways to controlling blood sugar. Another absence is not having accessed to foods that others want. Easier said than done. It worked very well when I was single, not so well later on.
You can guarantee it is good by packaging the food ahead of time to assure you have the right portions and carbs.
Some difficulties can occur when some family members who are not Diabetics and do not want to eat what you need to eat. And they don’t want to have two different meals to prepare. Packaging ahead of time and add it to the dinner table at the same time helps.
Another way to guarantee is moving towards non-processed foods. Processed foods are very tempting and can create havoc with your weight and Diabetes. They are usually less expensive, and have ingredients that are addictive. Processed foods are one of the causes of being overweight. Being overweight can affect your Diabetes significantly. Start bringing more and more non-processed food into your eating. Shop at stores where the temptation is the lowest, like a health food store. This will allow you to control what you are going to eat and minimize violations.
- Get Others To Help Out By Doing Some Of The Work
One of your environments are the relationships you have. Let your spouse/friend see your blood glucose numbers and hold you accountable. This includes your A1C numbers. This will stop some of the times you are not paying great deal of attention to your testing. Work with them to keep you on track.
Let your doctors see your numbers. Provide a printout of what you have to your doctor. Make the printout easy for the doctor to see the results quickly.
Get the doctor to give you any new concepts or information they recently learned about Diabetes. Less research for you. You can solicit help on the Internet to answer your requests.
Sign up for a forum and connect with other Diabetics. Toss our questions and let them help you.
Get psychological and emotional support on a regular basis
Hire an accountability coach. A coach can keep you on track. Help you establish the daily habits you will need. You would meet for a few minutes to go over the results and actions.
- Leverage Positive Ideas and Concepts
Look at the 8 million people that have controlled their diabetes rather than focus om the 415 million people with the potential for the consequences of Diabetes.
Surround yourself with positive people. Especially ones who are diabetic. Schedule a regular amount of time to talk to them.
Surround yourself with new ideas instead of recycling your old beliefs. It will help you evolve. Create a group of friends that you can talk to about new ideas or get on a forum or create a forum.
Here are a few concepts that could help you:
- Truly normal blood sugars should stay under 120 mg/dl at all times.
- Eating more smaller meals during the day will give you the best results.
- Package these smaller meals ahead of time so there is not temptation otherwise.
- Low carbs per meal is the best way to stop sugar fluctuations
- Surround yourself with new ideas instead of recycling your old beliefs
- Choose a goal or vision that is bigger than you are. Be pulled forward by it, instead of pushing yourself.
- Constantly experiment until you do so naturally and effortlessly You may need to alter your relationship with risk in order to enjoy experimentation.
- Keep Your Measuring Equipment In Plain Sight, So You Don’t Forget to Take Measurements.
Keep your glucose monitor and test strips available and in plain sight so you don’t forget to use them.
Develop set times to take your measurements.
Keeping track of your measurements over time with automated tools with the results from your meter. You can also put the results on a computer I use a Windows Excel program to do all the calculations I want.
Put a chart of your results on your wall so you can see. Make the chart convenient to see. So, the environment is reminding you to focus on it every time you look that way.
- Using Technology To Create Supportive Environments.
Send yourself an email to remind you to take your A1C test. Put alarms and alerts on your calendars to help out.
Keep track of your A1C numbers over time. Get your doctor to comment on the results. Tell the doctor that you are going to do this and that they should hold you accountable.
Use continuous glucose monitoring equipment to track the details of your blood sugar across time. If it makes sense and is affordable for you.
Find the really big difficulties and time wasting parts, and look for a technology that can help.
Utilize the Internet.
If you don’t have your Diabetes education paid for from your medical plan, sign up for an inexpensive energetic presentation Diabetes, without becoming a super expert. Try Udemy video Click Here To Check It Out!
Ask Doctor Bernstein’s Teleseminar are free. Whatever questions you have, he will answer them. Plus, you get to hear all the questions other Diabetics raise that might be applicable to you. Click Here to register
Here are a few books:
- Dr. Bernstein’s Diabetes Solution: The Complete Guide To Achieving Normal Blood Sugar by Richard K. Bernstein. He is the best for low carb diet and managing normal blood sugar levels. Click here
- Blood Sugar 101: What They Don’t Tell You About Diabetes Jenny Ruhl. She has done wonderful research and has done a detailed analysis and it is worth a read. Click here.
- The Biography of Diabetes by Doctor Robert Tattersoll. This book will give you a sense of a brief medical history of Diabetes from the begging. Click here.
Educating yourself on Diabetes will be a step in taking responsibility for it.
There are many other resources we will bring up in future posts.
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