Achieving Balance in Diabetes Management
I just changed my profile picture here at HealthCentral . Following several unsuccessful attempts to crop my kids out of the picture (I'm not very tech savvy); I realized that it was entirely appropriate for my profile picture to include Sienna and Mateo. After all, most of what I contribute here involves their pregnancies and they are the focus of my daily life as I continue to learn how to balance motherhood and diabetes management.
Balance has been on my mind a lot lately. There are so many contexts to which it applies.
For example, I had a crazy busy month of July at work. My "work/life" balance was non-existent. Work was taking up much more time and energy than I could maintain for a prolonged period. Luckily, the deadlines were met and I started off August with the mindset of recapturing balance by focusing on my family, home, and health. I love the saying, "You can have it all, just not all at once." That's the mantra of this working mom.
Balance in the external aspects of my life is impossible to achieve without first addressing my internal health; working from the inside out, so to speak.
The concept of balance is a perfect metaphor for blood sugar control. I once had an endocrinologist, himself a type 1 diabetic, who described blood sugar control as "balancing carbohydrates and insulin." Obviously this is somewhat oversimplified, since blood sugars are also impacted by stress, exercise, infusion sites, and a variety of other conditions. However, the basic idea of achieving balance between food and insulin helps me to focus on the essential components of keeping my blood sugars controlled.
In my daily quest to find balance in managing my diabetes, I am constantly reminded that moderation is the key. When I eat something that is challenging to cover with insulin such as pizza, a bagel, white rice or (my favorite) tortilla chips- although they're tasty- it's just not worth the energy and time required to keep my blood sugar stable. However, if I make my own, unprocessed food, know the carbohydrate content of my meals, and bolus accurately, I don't have to worry about blood sugar spikes or lows from overcorrecting. By eating low-carbohydrate meals in moderate portions, I can more easily achieve balance and controlled blood sugars.