Author's Sidebar #1: After the doctors in the hospital told me that I was diabetic, a nurse came in to explain to me what I needed to learn how to do before I returned home. She told me that I needed to learn how to give myself insulin injections and how to use a glucose meter in order to measure my blood sugar at least 3 times a day.
I remember at that the time that I thought that was a lot to learn, but, I felt that I could handle it -- as long as I figured out how to overcome my fear of needles. :-)
When the nurse returned the second day, she told me some additional things that I needed to do in order to properly manage my diabetes on a day-to-day basis. She said that I needed to keep track of my meals, count my carbs, count my calories, eat healthier foods, avoid high glycemic foods, exercise, set up appointments with my family physician, eye doctor, cardiologist and endocrinologist.
I remember feeling overwhelmed with the amount of information that she was sharing with me. So, I asked for some paper and took down some notes. And, I remember, thinking: Shouldn't all of this be written down somewhere, like a handout or something?
I think that the nurse could tell that I was overwhelmed, so she was very patient with me. The next day, she gave me a flyer for an upcoming diabetes lecture and suggested that I sign up for a local diabetes class and consider joining a support group.
The 7⁺ Wellness Keys for Effective Day-to-Day Diabetes Management
There is more to managing your diabetes than dieting and measuring your blood glucose. In fact, there are 7⁺ key wellness factors or strategies that you must understand and know how to implement in order to effectively manage your diabetes on a daily basis. And, by managing your diabetes effectively on a daily basis, this increases your chances of being able to reverse your diabetes.
This is an obvious key factor. Everyone knows that you must eat healthy foods to manage your diabetes throughout the day.
So, if everyone knows this, how come so many diabetics are still eating the wrong foods?
Excluding the people who are stubborn or in denial, the majority of diabetics are eating the wrong foods because they have been misinformed about what are the right foods to eat and the foods that they should avoid eating.
So, make sure that the nutritional program that you're following is well-defined and science-based; and, makes it clear what foods to eat vs. not eat.
In addition to eating healthier (e.g. a plant-based diet), you should add raw juicing to your nutritional program to help accelerate your body's repair processes.
Again, every one knows that exercise is important. The real key here is for diabetics to find the time during the day to exercise for at least 20 to 30 minutes.
Refer to Chapter 10 of the Death to Diabetes book and our Exercise web page for more details.
Blood Glucose Testing
Again, most diabetics are aware of the importance of blood glucose testing. But, many diabetics don't test or they don't know how to use the data after testing.
In addition, make sure that you get your hemoglobin A1C tested at least every 3 months.
And, don't forget to get your blood pressure and cholesterol levels also tested, at least, as part of your annual physical exam.
Tip: One of the best ways to remember what you need to be testing from a medical perspective, just remember the acronym "ABC", where A stands for A1C, B stands for blood pressure, and C stands for cholesterol.
Refer to Chapter 11 of the Death to Diabetes book and our Blood Glucose Testing web page for more details.
The problem with nutritional supplementation is that many diabetics rely too much on supplementation instead of eating better. It's called "supplementation" for a reason -- supplements are not powerful enough to mange your diabetes effectively on a day-to-day basis.
Refer to Chapters 8 and 15 of the Death to Diabetes book and our Nutritional Supplementation web page for more details.
Cleanse and Detox
Cleansing and detoxifying the body on a regular basis is critical to removing the accumulated toxins and poisons that fuel harmful biological processes such as chronic inflammation and oxidative stress, which, in turn, may fuel your diabetes.
Doctor Appointments and Medical Exams
Even though your doctor's treatment focus is on drug therapy, you should still visit your doctor on a regular basis for physical exams, blood tests, etc.
Also, keep in mind that if you have a major surgery of some kind or if you acquire an infection at the site of your surgery, this can cause your blood sugar to rise.
Refer to Chapters 11 and 12 of the Death to Diabetes book and our Doctor Appointments web page for more details.
If there's one thing that we all require in fighting diabetes or any disease, is support from our family, friends, work and community. We must also be able to tap into our Inner Spirit in order to focus and motivate ourselves to fight this disease.
Join a local or online support group, but, make sure that the group leader or facilitator is knowledgeable about diabetes and nutrition!
And, keep in mind that a significant stressful event such as a car accident, major surgery, the loss of your job, or a death in your family may cause your blood sugar to rise and remain there unless you are able to properly handle the stress.
FYI: As you go through the five stages of grief(denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance), this may also spike your blood sugar.
Proper Knowledge and Education
This may seem obvious, but, the Number 1 reason why most diabetics don't improve their health is due to the lack of the proper knowledge about diabetes and nutrition.
Most diabetics know quite a bit about diabetes and nutrition; unfortunately, a lot of what they know is incorrect information.
Although most of the information is out-of-date, you should still attend a local diabetes class so that you learn the basics about diabetes, nutrition, and blood glucose testing. Then, find a qualified diabetes health coach or diabetes educator who understands alternative medicine, nutritional science and diabetes science.
This may seem obvious or not important, but, if you're going to fight this disease on a consistent basis, you need some kind of wellness plan or strategy.
Your plan should include your health goals, challenges, barriers, top problems, key enablers, counter strategies, etc. so that you realize that you're on track or not on track.
You should also have a daily tracking worksheet or journal to keep track of your day-to-day activities, readings, events, etc.
In addition, the diabetes program that you're using should provide a set of tools, job aids and templates to make it easier for you to use the program. (Refer to the next section below for some examples of tools, job aids and templates).
If you're not a good planner, then, get a qualified diabetes health coach to help you.
Having a plan and a set of tools will allow you to track your progress and make the necessary adjustments to stick with your plan and health goals.
Concerning your plan, make sure that you develop a proactive plan, not a reactive plan. In other words, you want a plan that gets you ahead of the disease. Why? Because your diabetes changes over time -- most diabetics treat their diabetes like a fixed target. The key is to get ahead of the disease and be aggressive with your treatment to dictate its direction instead of allowing the disease to dictate its direction to you.
The 7 Keys to Wellness
Note: These 7 wellness keys became the foundation for the Death to Diabetes 10-Step Wellness Program.
The DTD 10-Step Program
Author Sidebar #2: After 13 days in the hospital, I remember thinking about all of the new things that I needed to learn how to do and somehow integrate into my daily schedule.
Luckily for me, my mother, daughter and sister where there to take care of the groceries and the household. Also, I was on disability, so I didn't have to worry about how I was going to get to work.
As a result, this made it a lot easier for me to learn how to manage my diabetes on a day-to-day basis. One of the first things I did was to create a checklist of activities that I needed to perform on a daily basis.
Later, I turned the checklist into a tracking chart within an Excel spreadsheet, which made it easier for me to keep track of my blood glucose readings, weight, blood pressure, cholesterol, etc. I had another chart where I kept track of my meals, calories, carbs, fiber, etc.
After I got better and was able to return to work, everyone wanted to know how I did it. When I showed them some of my checklists, charts and diagrams, everyone wanted a copy!
I didn't think anything of it at the time, but, when I was asked to speak to a couple groups and participate in a diabetic support group meeting, everyone asked me where I got the checklists, charts and diagrams. Again, almost everyone wanted a copy!
By this time, I was doing a lot of research about nutrition and the science of diabetes. But, I began to see that a lot of the problems that people were having had to do with getting organized and keeping good records.
As a result, my checklists, charts and diagrams became very popular because people felt it made it easier for them to manage their diabetes on a daily basis.
Needless to say, I was surprised that no one had bothered to create a tracking booklet of some kind to help diabetics keep track of everything. Yes, there were charts and tables for recording your readings, a journal to keep track of your meals, etc. But, there wasn't anything that pulled all of this together into some kind of cohesive system or program.
So, I ended up creating various charts and diagrams for blood glucose tracking, meal planning, day-to-day planning & tracking, etc.
- Blood Glucose Tracking Chart
- Blood Glucose-Meal Tracking Chart
- Day-to-Day Tracking Chart
- Meal Planning Charts for a Day, Week, Month
- Meal Planning Diagrams
- Meal Planning Guides
- Meal Planning Templates
- Diabetes Program 10 Steps Guide
- Diabetes Management Workbook
Many of these tools evolved into booklets because people wanted more than a single chart or diagram. Refer to the DTD Online Store for many of these tools in the form of PDFs/ebooks and wellness guides.
Diabetes Management Tracking Tools
The following tools, job aids, tracking charts and diagrams are examples of some of the various tools that I created to help diabetics better organize their activities so that they could better manage their diabetes.
By providing this type of infrastructure, it gave most diabetics a better chance at reversing their diabetes, because they didn't feel overwhelmed with all of the day-to-day activities.
Meal Planning & Blood Glucose Tracking Chart
This chart helps diabetics who want to be able to easily correlate what they're eating versus their blood glucose readings.
Meal Plate Diagram
This meal plate picture became one of my most popular diagrams because everyone liked the idea of not having to count carbs and calories. :-)
Diabetes Management Wellness Journal
This is an example of a journal page for keeping track of your daily activities without having to spend a lot of time writing. This is available as a 30-day booklet.
Drug Weaning Flow Chart
This chart depicts how to safely wean off insulin and other diabetic drugs.
Annual Doctor Appointments Schedule
This is an example of a chart that can be used a a reminder of your annual doctor appointments. This chart is available in the Death to Diabetes book.
Diabetes Program Roadmap
Here is a roadmap that I created so that diabetics and their healthcare providers could better track the progress of their patient. This document is available within the training program.
Note: This is only a few of the many DTD charts, diagrams and other job aids that are available for helping with managing your diabetes.
The Importance of These Charts
These charts and diagrams are important because they make it easier for you to manage your diabetes on a day-to-day basis.
And, if you are able to successfully manage your diabetes, then, this increases your chances of being able to reverse your diabetes and not have to face the complications of being diabetic.
FYI: Some of the major complications that you can avoid by following the program and using the charts and diagrams include amputation, blindness, kidney dialysis, a heart attack, and a stroke.
Best case: If this program works, you'll be able to live the life you were meant to live.
So, let's get started on your new journey to wellness ...
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