As hard as it is to believe, we’ve reached the dog days of summer. For some of us, it’s back to school…or getting our kids back to school. For others, it’s squeezing in that last summer weekend away, trying desperately to hang on to whatever summer represents (or once represented) to us. No matter what you think about the end of summer, the common denominator is that something is over and it’s back to the routine.
But you know something? Routine isn’t all bad! In fact, it’s comforting in some way to get back to the familiar activities–work, school, kids, holiday planning (don’t forget, the “holiday season” starts at Halloween and goes through Easter–at least!). That, in itself, can be challenging for those of us who need to watch our weight in order to keep our diabetic numbers in check. Summer represents freedom, playtime, socializing and, of course, eating! Fall, on the other hand, connotes getting down to business and that means work-wise, family-wise, and, yes, health-wise.
So consider this the time to get serious—again—to recommit to getting back on the wagon you may have fallen off, and to making sure health (translation: good diabetes control) is a priority. Look, if you do that now, you won’t have to go through that whole New Year’s Resolution scene. You’ll already BE there!
As you ease back into your autumn routine, make the decision to get back into the healthy eating routine as well. Start with establishing the habit of planning your meals. In my house, we look at this planning as a weekly adventure–will our Saturday or Sunday dinner consist of Korean food, or Indian, or our own concoction of healthy tacos?
By the way, while I’ve mentioned low-carb tortillas before, I found they were pretty small and sometimes rivaled a cardboard shoe box for consistency and taste, but I’ve recently made the best discovery. They’re called Xtreme Wellness High Fiber, Low Carb Tortilla Wraps. And get this…50 calories each, total fat is 1.5g, they measure about 8 inches across and the best part is there are only 5 net carbs! I’m in heaven! I’ve used grilled shrimp and thrown in leftover chicken or salmon so far. All delicious–and guilt-free.
There’s something gratifying about not worrying about what’s for dinner.The planning alleviates that anxiety–at least for me–and lets me make better choices than when meals are thrown together off-the-cuff.
Now let me tell you the best part about making the routine work health-wise. My routine is centered around maintaining a 100-pound weight loss, as I may have mentioned before once or twice, or maybe a couple of dozen times! So, we recently got back from a trip to Wyoming, using the solar eclipse as an excuse to visit my step-son, who hasn’t seen me in quite a while. After the initial “Oh. My. God!” (which I never get tired of, incidentally), we spent much of the weekend talking about health, and food and cooking (he’s really quite a chef!).
At the end of the weekend, he said to me, “You know, I’m really proud of you.” It was the best part of the whole visit. The eclipse was a close second.
Stay well! See you next time!