Getting Serious About Diabetes

Jill’s type 2 diabetes diagnosis helped her turn her life around. Find out how she did it.

Health Monitor Staff
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Why it works: Maybe you’re not ready to be in a pageant, but you can do the next best thing: Go public with your health goals. Use Facebook, Tweet, write a blog, or just tell your friends or join an online group. A Kaiser Permanente study shows that the more people logged onto a weight-loss website created for the purposes of the study, the more successful they were at keeping weight off.

These days, along with raising her three kids with Ron, Jill, now 44, updates her site, speaks out as a diabetes advocate and maintains her healthy lifestyle. That means eating right and working out five days a week with a mix of Zumba, Pilates and weights. Read on for a few of Jill’s best strategies—they may just get you on track!

Jill’s top 3 get-healthy tips

  1. Make a vision board.
    Jill put together a collage of mantras like “Control diabetes” and pictures (including a “before” shot of herself) on her closet door. “On a day I didn’t want to work out, I’d look in the back of the closet and ask myself, How can I end up where I want to be if I don’t get to the gym?”
    Why it works:
    Vision boards put goals in your subconscious mind, where they steer your everyday choices toward making the vision happen! To make your board more effective, contrast your current reality with the brighter future you want. A study published in Psychology & Health says this “mental contrasting” builds greater goal commitment and helps you take more immediate action toward making your vision a reality!

  2. Keep peanut butter on hand to control cravings. When the munchies strike, Jill says, she eats a teaspoon of this high-protein food. “Just enough to take the edge off and prevent me from indulging in something worse for me!”
    Why it works:
    The right snack can curb your cravings and rev energy. Make that snack peanut butter and it may also boost your health. A study reported in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that women who eat five tablespoons of peanut butter a week can reduce their risk of developing type 2 diabetes by 21%.

  3. Flavored water is a must. When her sweet tooth rears up, Jill drinks water with a no-calorie fruity packet and—voilà—craving quenched!
    Why it works:
    A study presented at the National Meeting of the American Chemical Society showed that dieters who drank two cups of water before meals lost five pounds more than dieters who did not increase their water intake.
April 2013