Our body uses Glucose(Sugar) to function. Sugar in food is converted into glucose. Cells in our body are powered by glucose. Glucose is converted into energy by a hormone called “insulin”. When the body produces less or no insulin, the cells are deprived of their energy. This condition is called “Diabetes”.
Food – Glucose + Insulin = Energy = Happy cell = Happy Body
Food – Glucose + No insulin = No Energy = Sad cell = Tired Body
- Hungry most of the time
- Always thirsty
- Feeling fatigued or exhausted
- Taking more than usual trips to the loo
- Dry Mouth
- Itchy Skin
- Blurred Vision
- Skin discoloration and pigmentation
- Excessive Weight Loss without working out
Our body shows us mild warning signs. In the world that is pacing fast, we forget to be mindful of our health oftentimes. We hardly pay attention to the warnings and symptoms. People normalise the symptoms until it gets worse to seek serious medical attention.
Prevention is the best!
Simple lifestyle changes can result in a happy and healthy life. These lifestyle changes will not only help us to live a diabetes-free. We can revolutionize the way we look, feel and act by being good to ourselves. We become a villain to our own health and happy living by having unhealthy eating and lifestyle habits. Here are a few lifestyle changes that we can implement.
1. Eat slowly!
Enjoy and savor your food slowly and happily. Coz your tummy takes time to signal your brain that you are full. By eating hastily, we might be eating more than needed food. Try small spoon, fork or chopsticks.
2. Plan small meals
Plan on small portions of meals. Make less food look like more by serving your meal on a smaller plate. You can also take time to decorate.
3. Eating and Entertainment cannot go hand-in-hand
We tend to become less mindful and eat more than required while watching TV shows and entertainment. Eating while you entertain might seem like saving time. But not sure whether it can save your health
4. Move more
No slouching, No ‘ouch’ing! Get yourself moving more. Turn up the music and show your moves. Walk to nearby places instead of using vehicles.
5. Rethink your drink!
Nothing quenches thirst better than water. Always opt for water than carbonated and sugary drinks.
6. Whole fruits instead of juice!
When we juice-it-up, we tend to add more sugar and lose a lot of fiber. Whole fruits can help us get the most out of the fruit and also satisfies our food cravings better.
7. Swap with Smart Eats
Switch to whole-grain foods. Keep your hunger pangs at bay with some fresh fruits, nuts, and healthy snacks. Eat a healthy snack or meal before grocery shopping.
8. Turn on Mindfulness
We are accustomed to making unhealthy choices mainly because of distractions. Being mindful can help you a great deal to make conscious and healthy decisions.