(NC) If you’re like most people living with a chronic condition, you have no plans of letting it stop you from leading an exciting, active life. But this takes careful management, which can sometimes be challenging and complicated. Fortunately, you can use these smart tips to make managing an illness like diabetes easier.
1. Try a weekly meal prep routine. Whether your lazy day for staying in and catching up with your to-do list at home is Sunday or Wednesday, use it to plan and prepare nutritious meals and snacks for the whole week. Browse online or use an app for recipe ideas, and take steps to take the hassle out of cooking on your busier days. Think about a slow cooker to make comforting one-pot dinners and pre-cutting veggies for quick salads and stir-fries.
2. Take the stairs. Squeezing in more exercise becomes a no-brainer when you look beyond the gym to accomplish your fitness goals. Take the stairs over the elevator, get off transit one or two stops early or park your car at the back of the lot for short boosts of activity you’ll barely notice but that add up over time.
3. Choose a smarter monitoring system. Whether you’re on your way to work, enjoying yourself outdoors or spending time with family, if you need to test your blood glucose every day, you want a system designed to reduce the hassle.
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