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November is American Diabetes Month, and just in time for the holidays, the American Diabetes Association uses this month to help raise awareness of diabetes’ causes and prevention/treatment.

In a month when all the holiday excess of food and drink really is just getting started, American Diabetes Month is a perfectly placed reminder that while there’s typically never a shortage of leftover Halloween candy, your health IS finite! According to the American Diabetes Association, nearly 26 million children and adults in the United States have diabetes, and the average cost to our nation for diagnosed diabetic conditions is close to $250 billion. Even more alarming is the fact that two out of three people with diabetes die from heart disease or stroke.

So what can you do to fight diabetes, protect your heart and blood sugar, and do your part to recognize American Diabetes Month? For starters, go into the holidays with a healthy and realistic viewpoint on food and celebration! Remember that while treats and eats are wonderful, you can always balance indulgences with exercise and healthier options. A few small changes to your Thanksgiving choices alone can make a huge difference in your energy level and your health:

  • Replace cheesy broccoli casserole with a waldorf salad containing broccoli, walnuts, raisins, and other delicious and healthy foods.
  • Instead of taking a post-turkey dinner nap, go for a walk around your neighborhood with your family and enjoy the colorful fall leaves.
  • Try bringing healthier options to go along with your traditional turkey dinner – baked sweet potatoes with cinnamon in lieu of mashed potatoes with gravy is a good “switch,” with delicious sweetness and tons of vitamins.
  • Drink plenty of water throughout your busy holidays festivities.
  • Try to include regular physical activity to help your metabolism stay at peak performance and help keep off holiday weight gain.

To learn more about how to get involved for American Diabetes Month, visit www.diabetes.org. And to get on top of your own fight against diabetes – whether you’re already a diagnosed diabetic, or simply someone looking to maintain the best health and quality of life possible – call the Valley Healthcare System main line at 706-322-9599extension 1710  our Diabetic Counselor Veronica Culpepper is available to assist you!

Eating a healthy diet is an activity that’s often not at the top of our minds until our mid to late thirties. While we’re young, we can typically “get away” with eating anything we want at anytime. Some of us don’t value the opportunity to form healthy eating habits while young. As we age and as our metabolism slows down, we no longer have the luxury of going about our dieting activities without a plan. Some believe that they are a point of no return once they reach a certain weight or have certain health issues (i.e. high blood pressure and diabetes). Many people also fall victim to gimmicky diets that produce temporary results. You can’t give up and you can’t let failed diets discourage you from reaching your goals. We propose that keeping it simple is the best way to get started when seeking to form healthy eating habits. Below are ten simple ways to kickstart a healthy diet. And remember, everyone (including myself) has weaknesses. If you have a bad day filled with the eating of too many tasty desserts, don’t get discouraged. Take note of what caused the setback so you can learn from it. In fact, that’s related to our first point…

1. Don’t lean on will power. That’s too difficult. Try to avoid people, places and activities that encourage your eating of things that aren’t good for your diet.

2. Drink more water. We are often thirsty when we feel hungry. Try drinking water instead of going for a candy bar. Also substitute water for sugary beverages whenever possible.

3. Decrease your options. Avoid eating out of curiosity by limiting your diet to certain foods.

4. Make sure there’s something green and leafy on your plate.

5. Avoid overusing fatty dressings, sauces and other add-ons. A salad can turn into a fatty/high calorie meal after you pile on the ranch dressing, croutons, cheese and bacon bits. Go heavy on the vegetables instead (add carrots, bell peppers, tomatoes, etc.)

6. Eat more home-cooked meals. Not only is this a healthy tip, but it’s also good for your budget.

7. If you’re dining out, place your order first. Doing this will help you avoid being influenced by other people’s unhealthy food choices.

8. Get more sleep. Some researchers have found that lack of sleep can increase your desire to eat. For some this is not a simple task (because of family and/or work obligations), so be sure to rest and relax when you have an opportunity. This might involve giving up television or Internet usage.

9. Regularly consult your physician about your eating habits and concerns during your visits. There are no bad questions when it comes to your health. The doctors at Valley Healthcare can answer your questions and will provide you sound advice that’s compatible with your situation.

10. Get started now. Don’t wait until January 1st for New Year’s Resolutions. There’s power in immediate action.

Christopher Craft is the Founder/CVO of Nao Media and Consulting, a hybrid firm (media/branding/marketing/design) working in the fields of sports and entertainment. He blogs regularly at the Nao blog. You can follow Chris on Twitter, connect with him on LinkedIn and circle him on Google+.

Valley Healthcare System, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) Non-profit, Charitable Organization.

The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), in accordance with the Federally Supported Health Centers Assistance Act, as amended, sections 224(g)-(n) of the Public Health Service (PHS) Act, 42 U.S.C. 233(g)-(n), deems Valley Healthcare System, Inc. to be an employee of the PHS which provides liability protection under the Federal Tort Claims Act (FTCA)

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