Have you ever considered why we have to hit figuratively rock bottom before we choose to reflect on our health habits? Why do we wait until we are in dangerous health circumstances before deciding to make changes?
In part, it’s because we are forced to. Once it dawns on us we are overweight and unhealthy, and it’s only going to get worse as we age, we have no other choice but to pause for a moment and reflect. Is this the direction we want our health to take? Do we let Type 2 diabetes develop and complications set in before we take control of our well-being?
Most people think they don’t have much of a say in the matter. They believe if the disease affects them, it’s because they are predisposed to it and it was just a matter of time before they succumbed. Worst of all, they are misconceived in thinking there was nothing they could have done to maintain good health.
An overwhelming number of health problems arise due to poor eating habits and behaviors. What you feed your body has the potential to make or break your health. In other words, your well-being is largely determined by the choices you make in the kitchen and your discretion outside of it.
One skill you must cultivate if you aspire to enhance your health and better your chances against complications as you age is called strategic eating. Rest assured its practice is quite simple in nature. All you have to do for the most part is ensure you start eating with a purpose. Your eating habits in and out of the kitchen must be aligned with your health goals. To eat strategically implies you will no longer eat sporadically or as a way to service your appetite.
How do you eat strategically? Eat smaller portions. Eat less frequently. And when you do eat, make sure it’s a nutritious meal that leaves you satisfied. There is nothing worse for your health than eating an unhealthy meal leaving you wanting more. If you’re looking to lose weight, improve your cardiovascular health, or treat and manage your Type 2 diabetes, it pays to eat less than you feel you need to.
When you’re making progress and your healthy habits are established, then you can introduce the occasional “cheat meal” into your diabetic eating plan. Start planning your healthy eating behaviors if your aspirations to lower your blood sugar and body weight are to be fulfilled.