Seasonal Vegetable Platter
Salt Baked Fish
Italian Tuna Wrap
When life is running circles around us, causing a little mayhem in our lives, it can mean it is time to stop, take a few long deep breaths and review your diabetes control. There are many ways to achieve this. Here are a few ideas that have come my way recently.
- I attended a diabetes and exercise conference in Montecatini, Italy recently and learned how differently the Italians treat diabetes than we do in the USA. Much of it has to do with cultural and lifestyle attitudes. The largest percentage of the Type 1 diabetes population controls their blood sugars with Lantus and Humalog insulins. They are not very keen on wearing insulin pumps.Type 2’s rely on the well-balanced Mediterranean diet, exercise and usually only one medication, instead of a cocktail shaker mix that many American Type 2’s uses in their treatment programs. Italians fully enjoy the pleasures of their wonderful sun-kissed diet and do so with a relaxed frame of mind. At the conference, we Americans geared up to our usual rushing from one project to the next and were gently counseled by our Italian hosts, “piano, piano” (slowly, slowly). Where are you going in such a hurry all the time? They asked. We couldn’t answer.
Within a few days, we took their advice and slowed down to a more relaxed pace and learned to savor things and laugh more. By the end of the conference, we were enamored with this lifestyle and really enjoyed taking the time to sit at the table, partake in lively conversation and appreciate the beautiful surroundings. I brought back some delicious recipes for you to savor at your own leisure at this time of the year filled with fragrant blossoms and longer hours of sunlight to sit outside for an evening meal.
- We all know how important it is to embrace exercise as part of our daily healthy lives, but sometimes we enter into that pit called “the rut”. If and when that happens the best way out is change. If you’ve been going to the gym and working out on machines, go outside, instead, and enjoy some fresh air and take a bicycle ride or rollerblade. If you are tired of tennis, switch to hiking as a new sport.As for me, I still take jazz dance 3 times weekly because I love to dance. I have added Tai Chi to boost my fitness regimen and a few months ago, with the suggestion of a friend, I started distance walking. We started walking 12 miles every Sunday morning and now we are off to walk a marathon in Denmark and Sweden June 13. Changing routines can be a great motivational tool in recharging diabetes care. As long as you monitor your blood sugars to see how the changes affect them and absolutely carry quick carb snacks wherever you go. A fresh start has the power to awaken our energy with gusto and optimism.
- Another inspiration to take a look at is a new book called “28 Days To Diabetes Control” by Lance Portor. The book itself is comprehensive and written in an easy to understand style. The last part of the book is for the reader to fill in his/her daily routines for 28 days. You may be amazed at what you find out about your day-by-day care, and learn ways to make changes for the better. It might be a fun way to start on your new refresher course in diabetes management.
I don’t know about you but I’m getting pretty hungry with all this talk about exercise and changes in routine. I ‘m ready to go over to Cyber Kitchen and cook up something good. Care to join me?