Diabetes — Take A Hike!
Take a hike. At a glance these three simple words seem innocuous. But, with a little expansion they can elicit a broader potential. "To pull up, to raise, to take a long walk" is what Webster says about hiking.
Let's imagine a diabetes slant on these words. They can be applied to exercise, a vital component of diabetes management. Hiking has a stronger meaning than walking. It usually involves more rugged terrain and goes for a longer time period. It means starting out on a small scale and carrying substantial snacks, which we'll get to make later, over at Cyber Kitchen.
Hiking usually takes place in beautiful natural and wilderness settings such as forests, parks, hills and country roads. Many communities have local nature parks, great for beginners and most states have state parks with a variety of hiking trails. The big dogs on the hiking track are the national parks where the bar can be raised to trails suitable for Olympics training. Is there such a sport as competitive hiking? I'm not sure.
The American Hiking Society, Hill Climb Media and The Appalachian Mountain Club are sources where you can learn more about hiking. A few good websites are: www.appalachiantrail.org, www.localhikes.com, www.hikingandbackpacking.com , www.shta.org and www.trails.com.
September is a glorious month to take a hike. Remember to be respectful of diabetes by observing these easy rules for a 2-3 hour hike:
- Check Blood Sugar Each Hour
- Bring Quick Carbs Such As Gels Or Glucose Tabs
- Pack Nutritious Snacks
- Don't Forget Your Cell Phone For Emergencies
- Bring Water And Sip Often
Other Interpretations for: TAKE A HIKE
Besides the physical act of taking a hike, the words can mean taking a break from diabetes which is not such a terrific idea even though it certainly would be nice. There are ways to take mini vacations from diabetes. One is to be quiet about diabetes, not talk about it, and not even say the word for a few days. Of course you still take medication, check bg's, eat well and exercise, but try to put them on automatic, without worry or stress for a day or two. It's a little bit of a break and can be quite refreshing.
A further meaning of taking a hike is to raise the standard, elevate the bar of your diabetes life style. If you find yourself in a rut, read a new book, such as the terrific new edition of PUMPING INSULIN to inspire and motivate yourself to fine tune your diabetes care. Join a support group or start one, Volunteer with a local diabetes center or ADA or JDRF chapter or devote yourself to the simple rugged power of taking a hike.
Note: By the way, this writer will soon be traveling to Austria and Bavaria and expects to do a fair share of hiking.
|Oat Bran Apple Muffins (makes 12 muffins)|
2 cups oat bran, lightly toasted (spread on baking sheet and toast in toaster oven for 5 minutes)
|Vegetable Bagelwiches (makes 4)|
4 small wheat bagels, sliced in half horizontally
|Grilled Wraps (4 wraps)|
4 slices of zucchini and 4 slices of yellow squash, sliced lengthwise
Nutritional Value: 1 wrap = 220 cal, 3.5 fat grams, 15 grams protein, 32 carb grams, 4 grams fiber