Diabetic Diet Plans: What to Do When You Are Losing Steam
We all make plans and put our plan into action. But just when we thought we are already a good way along, we fall off the wagon. The same is true with diabetic diet plans. At time we lose steam.
Vowing to eat healthy, preparing a diabetic diet, shopping for food, and feeling good about doing this for the right reason: health. But eventually, we get sidetracked. Everybody needs a treat every once in a while, but the trick is in getting back up on that wagon after falling off.
There are varied reasons as to why a person who has been strictly following a diabetic diet gets sidetracked. Some get bored with the limited food choices in their diet. The lack of variety may be addressed simply by soliciting recipes from other diabetics. A visit to the dietician can also beef up your menu plan. And then there’s the trusty Internet where you can surf and research on new meal ideas.
Another dilemma would be the lack of support from family and friends. Sticking to a diabetic diet is hard enough without the rest of your family walking around and munching on snacks that you cannot have. Lack of support and motivation will affect the way you eat and how you eat. In this case, it is best to join a diabetes support group. Having a network of people who are going through the same thing eases the burden. As in any undertaking, we must never underestimate the power of moral support to pull us through the rough patches.
Then there’s the problem with finances. Some people find it difficult to stick to a diabetic diet simply because they cannot afford it. Some may be able to sustain it for a limited time, and then revert to a regular diet. This is because high quality food like lean meat and meat substitutes are often more pricey than their regular counterparts. If this is the case, rule of thumb is to avoid overly processed food. Stick to the basics like fruits and vegetables that are high in fiber and low in fat.
There are solutions to whatever is hindering you from sticking to your diabetic diet plans. The important thing is to be motivated and innovative enough to stay on track.