Top 3 questions I’m asked as an expert in Diabetes

#1. What the heck do I eat?

  1. Do I feel satisfied eating this way?
  2. Does my plate (or bowl!) have fiber, protein, and complex carbohydrates that I enjoy?
  3. Can I see myself eating this way most of the time?
  4. Does this way of eating make me feel good and honor my physical and emotional health?

#2. How much do I exercise as a person with diabetes?

  • Try a 15-minute walk after breakfast to help with that morning BG rise
  • Dance around for a bit to that new Taylor Swift playlist your friend sent you
  • Play with your puppy outside and tire both of yourselves out
  • Get an under desk elliptical or bicycle pedals to get some movement in during that snooze fest of a meeting
  • Do some deadlifts with that massive 40lb (18.14 kg) box of car litter
  • Join your neighborhood tennis team or go back to your favorite team sport you used to play in school (movement should be fun!!!)

#3. How do I fix dawn phenomenon?

  1. Shorten the fasted window: trying either having a protein snack before bed or eating a protein-rich breakfast when you wake up.
  2. Avoid high fat dinners: try your best to minimize the grams of fat in your evening meal. High fat foods can cause a delayed and prolonged rise in your blood glucose.
  3. Adjust your medications: If you’re using insulin, consider adjusting your basal rate/dose. Multiple daily injection users may consider talking to their doctor about adding NPH before bed to get extra basal coverage overnight. If you’re taking metformin, make sure you’re taking it consistently, as this is a huge help in preventing the morning liver glucose dump. People with T1D can use metformin off label.
  4. Try some moderate activity after dinner: nothing crazy, just a little movement to help keep your body sensitive to insulin and use up some store glucose.

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RN and CDCES empowering people with diabetes to discover powerful and effective strategies for managing their blood sugars.

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