Can You Give Thanks for Having Diabetes?

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When you were diagnosed with diabetes, you probably felt fear, anger, denial and more. Now you have to change your life – stop eating what you’ve been eating for years and making lifestyle changes that you have avoided for many reasons. One problem is having to let go of coping skills that are keeping you sick. Developing different coping skills and modifying your lifestyle are big changes and can feel overwhelming.

As you begin to make adjustments in your life, think about how grateful you might be for still having your toes and feet, your eyesight and your kidney function. What would it feel like for you to know you were taking responsibility for your health? No one likes to go kicking and screaming into having to make these kinds of changes but what if it meant prolonging and improving the quality of your life? Developing diabetes may be the thing that saves your life.

Being grateful may be asking a lot, depending on where you are in your journey. I have heard of people who have multiple sclerosis or other chronic conditions such as becoming paraplegic or quadriplegic. They have made serious changes in their outlook, how they live their life and what is important to them. They are truly grateful for their situation because it has given their life a different meaning and so much more.

Not everyone experiences these types of things in a positive way. There are many things you can’t control in your life but you can control how you feel about your situation, your life and your future. If you choose to be despairing, angry or depressed about your condition, the rest of your life may be pretty miserable. If you changed your attitude to be grateful for what you can do, what you do have and who is in your life, it can make the rest of your life infinitely better.

I’m not saying you should be thrilled or overjoyed with having diabetes. But, if you see it as an opportunity to make changes that improve your health, to stop eating foods that will keep you sick, to change the way you take care of yourself, would you consider changing your mindset around it?

It might take doing work you may not be prepared to do. This would include digging into your past and doing the emotional work you may have been avoiding - by using food, alcohol, drugs or other coping skills that are detrimental to your health.

It also takes a community of people in the same situation as you to provide support and accountability. When you are with others who are going through the same work, it can make a huge difference for you.

I’m creating just such a community with my monthly membership program. Each month, we’ll work on lifestyle changes that will help you get your blood sugar into better control. This will include stuff you can use right away such as what foods to eat, how to make meal planning as easy as possible, what to keep in your pantry, freezer and fridge, types and amounts of exercise that will fit into your lifestyle and much more. We’ll also have a Q&A call where we can talk together, ask and answer questions and get support from each other. With support and accountability, you can move forward toward your goals.

If you are interested in learning more about my monthly membership program, direct message me on Facebook or email me at [email protected]

Dr Elaine


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This information is for educational purposes only and is not intended to replace the medical advice of your doctor or healthcare provider. Please consult your healthcare provider for advice about a specific medical condition.


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