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Our emotions influence what we eat,
when we eat, and how much we eat. So negative feelings can interfere with your
ability to follow your diet for
After you accept your negative feelings about diabetes and
your diet, you will be more likely to let go of these feelings. Then you can
more easily learn and successfully follow a healthy diet.
feelings can also help you follow your diet for diabetes. If you feel like you
are doing something good for your health, you may feel motivated. Then you may
feel even better about your diet and yourself.
To deal with your
People often think that
following a diet for diabetes means giving up foods they like and having to eat
foods they don't like. If you think a diet for diabetes means you can't eat any
of the foods you like, try the following exercise:
From the list below, check
all the feelings you have about a diet for diabetes. Add any other negative
feelings you have about following the diet.
Identify what you may be afraid of, angry about, or
resistant to in a
feelings diaryfeelings diary(What is a PDF document?).
Don't judge yourself
by your feelings. It is what you do with them that matters.
why you have a negative feeling is not enough to rid you of it—you will need to
do something to let go of it. Record in your feelings diary how you plan to deal with each negative feeling.
You can let go
of negative feelings by:
June 24, 2013
E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine & Rhonda O'Brien, MS, RD, CDE - Certified Diabetes Educator
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