Lisa Parker is 37, and she has recently been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes.
Since she was in college, Lisa started developing a taste for fast food places located close to campus, and the stress of exams led her to binge on high sugar and the high fat goodies that were freely available at the university cafeteria. While she also ate fruit and salads every once in a while, these foods weren’t what she craved most, so they we rarely the bulk of her meals.
She gradually started gaining weight, and once she graduated college, Lisa was 30 lbs. heavier than she was during orientation week. As a professional, she became slightly more aware of the potential dangers of being overweight. She tried fad diets, and went to yoga classes every now and then, but was never able to make sustainable changes in what she ate, nor did she maintain a regular exercise regimen.
Now Lisa has been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, and is being urged by her physician to make drastic changes to her diet.
How can she get started?
If you are in a situation similar to Lisa’s, know that you aren’t alone. Making a significant change in your lifestyle from one day to the next can seem nearly impossible. It’s not, and here’s how you can make lasting changes.
The key to long-term success is starting small. Small changes go a long way, and are much easier to work into your lifestyle. Eventually, small changes lead to bigger ones, and the changes become much easier than you had previously imagined.
This article is meant to be a practical how-to guide for how to get started planning your diabetes diet.
The Basics: What is Diabetes?
The World Health Organization provides a good definition of diabetes: