Set specific, attainable goals to help modify your lifestyle habits and develop new, healthy habits.
Some of the lifestyle habits we have acquired have damaging effects on our health—and on managing type 2 diabetes. For most people, changing long-held habits is extremely hard to do. Just think of the people you know who have tried to quit smoking, cut down on alcohol consumption, or stop overeating.
When you have type 2 diabetes, it is important to develop habits for healthy eating and physical activity that can help you keep your blood sugar within a healthy range. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, people go through 5 stages when modifying their lifestyle habits:
- Nonawareness—You haven’t even thought about changing your habits
- Realization—You realize that there may be benefits to changing your habits
- Readiness—You’re ready for action
- Action—You’re taking steps to change your behaviors
- Maintenance—You’re working toward maintaining your accomplishments
When it comes to learning healthy habits to help balance your type 2 diabetes, which stage are you in?