The summer doesn’t have to be a time to be totally deprived of pleasure. Diabetics have to be creative in their enjoyment, so I have a few things you can do to have a sweet time.
- Savor the sunrise and the sunset every day. Beat the heat by going outside for some fresh air very early in the morning or in the evening when the sun goes down. You can still count clouds and stars without worrying about heatstroke or sweat.
- Reinvent some of your favorite summer recipes like your barbecue sauce, potato salads and slaw, and other side dishes you eat with grilled foods. Make sure you remove the sugar content and count those sugary carbohydrates.
- Relax and find some time to read a good book or watch your favorite old movies. Allow yourself the chance to chill as the kids say.
- Snack on raw vegetables that are season. Take a leisurely stroll through the farmers’ market and buy the produce you love to eat, and can eat. Find some pleasure in whole food.
- Take yourself to the museum for a day trip. Soak in some art or history, and if your museum has a coffee shop or restaurant, treat yourself to some iced tea (no sugar) and a salad.
These are just a few things you can do. The commitment to diabetes management can be stressful but it doesn’t have to be something that deprives you of fun. Fit you into your management plan.