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Happy Valentine's Day- The Gift of a Healthy Heart

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 The connection between our heads and hearts has always been the subject of poetry, philosophy and inspirational thinking. Here are the Dalai Lama's thoughts on the subject, "This is my simple religion. There is no need for temples; no need for complicated philosophy. Our own brain, our own heart is our temple; the philosophy is kindness."

In living with Type 2 Diabetes we need to pursue self compassion, from the heart, and knowledge, from the head to guide our self management. 

What is your health mantra for the New Year?

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Recently, I heard this quote, "I want to change but not if it means changing", and it got me to thinking. Why is it so hard to change our habits?  Perhaps we develop comfort in what is familiar and don't want to give things up even if it means improvement.  Maybe our ideas about change are unrealistic- we want to transform ourselves into something we can never be.  

New Year, New Me?

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It's January again. Time for resolutions to be made (and broken), gym membership promotions, nutrition ads, and the catch phrase "New Year, New You". What do they mean by New Year, New You? Are they telling me that the old me should be left behind with the old year? Am I not good enough for this new year? Am I to be traded in for this year's model?

You Can Thrive during the Holiday Season!

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Last night at the PODS meetup in Princeton, New Jersey, the subject of discussion was "How to Thrive and not feel Deprived during the Holiday Season".  As we all well know, the combination of the onset of winter and seasonal holiday gatherings can be a formidible challenge when trying to keep on top of our health.  Members of our group expressed anger at the restrictions they face when surrounded by food that is special and particularly appealing.  Also, friends and family may be well meaning but it is up to us decide what is best for ourselves.

Diabetes, Gender and Age Create Higher Risks for Developing Cardiovascular Disease

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I was visiting my daughter over the weekend.  She is a nursing student at George Washington University and she lives in the D.C. area.  On her table was a copy of the current issue of the American Journal of Nursing and the article "Recognizing Myocardial Infarction in Women: A Case Study" caught my attention.

Welcome to the 62+ and Type 2 Blog!!!!

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It is my honor and pleasure to begin this important blog “62+ and Type 2”.  I just turned 63 and I have been living with Type 2 diabetes for 14 years. In this relatively short time I have seen so many changes in the resources available to those of us living with diabetes.  Many of these developments have been outside the doctor’s office. For me personally,  it has been access to information in this digital age and the growth of peer support groups.

What's food got to do with it!

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Hi Ladies! So as the title says what’s food got to do with it? Since I don’t know about you but I feel like food has been incorporated into every aspect of our lives and not the healthy stuff either. From tv and radio commercials, to billboards and ads online so the list goes on and on. Of course the foods ads that we are bombarded with are neither healthy ones either. Eating Healthy are words that haunts many people who are diabetic. It totally feels like a losing battle even though I have made progress in my relationship with food. I have thought about recording my food. But my hesitation is that I really don’t want to start it and not follow through with it. I know people that it has been quite helpful for. Regretfully there has been times I have given up on recording my what healthy items I am putting in my body. Which I’m sure is something we all have done or thought about doing. So no judgement please. You’d think even now that we have technology it would make it easier for me to stick with keeping a record of my food. I think having a different perspective on why eating healthy and keeping a food record would be beneficial for me. SInce I find it so boring and tedious. It would be nice if I could check out for a couple of days and go right back to where I need to be with food. But that doesn’t seem to happen with me at least.
Secondly I think portion control is one of the most important factors to eating healthy. Which we americans have gone way too far in my opinion with all these over-sized products. It would be great for some of us to reach out to our elected officials and let our voices be known that this is not the right direction for the country and would like to see it change. These are some of the topics that should be issues during these elections. We need to be willing to ask ourselves these personal questions. Since what is more personal than how much am I really eating. This is something I am working on because then obviously I overeat. But what american doesn’t especially this upcoming weekend with the fourth of july upon us. You can’t get any american than that. So as we are all eating our picnic food let's try and remember just how much we are consuming. I will start us off by reminding everyone that visualization is a great technique such as using the palm of your hand to represent 3oz. of meat. It is said that if it helpful they make already portioned formed plates so then you don’t even have to think about it. One of these days I am going to get one and use it at home only. Lol! I should not be embarrassed to bring that out in public. That is something I need to work through and it will feel so good when I do. Although I would like to get to a place where I automatically know the appropriate sizes and go no further. After learning the appropriate sizes well enough practice, practice, practice. That will be a great day. There are other tips for portion control as well such as using measuring cups for portioning cereal, rice, potatoes or just about anything. Well this post is bittersweet since this is my last post. I’m very fortunate to have had the opportunity to talk with all you ladies for these past months. Take Care