A Dozen Diabetes Prevention Steps for a Healthy December

Instead of waiting for January to start getting back into healthy habits, why not start now and feel good about your efforts going into the new year!

Here are a dozen things you can choose from to get started on your diabetes prevention or reversal plan.  My challenge to you is to choose 3 of them and start practicing them this month, this week, and even today!

1.      Choose a power breakfast to start your day off on a positive note. Choose from whole grains, fresh fruit, boiled egg, or yogurt.

2.      Use smaller plates and bowls. You will eat less of everything without counting calories!

3.      Check the portion size on labels and compare that to what how much you are eating to become more aware of what you are putting in your body.

4.      Limit starch (bread, rice, potatoes, pasta) to 2 servings or 1 cup per meal.

5.      Satisfy your sweet tooth by including a small serving daily. Dark chocolate or fruit make healthy desserts.

6.      Get your potassium, magnesium and vitamin C and more powerful nutrients by eating your favorite fruits daily.

7.      Enjoy the non-starchy vegetables at meals and for the munchies between meals!

8.      Eat fish high in omega-3 (salmon, tuna, trout, sardines, mackerel) twice a week to lower inflammation.

9.      Make a soup or salad with lentils or beans each week.

10.    Enjoy nuts for snacks, on salads or in recipes.

11.   Save eating in front of TV for special movie nights.

12.   Move more!   . . . . Start with 10 minutes daily exercise.