It is crucial for everyone to participate in self-care. It is difficult enough to cope with mental illness, but also having to cope with diabetes can be overwhelming if you do not know what steps to take. On Tuesday, December 2nd, a delightful guest came to the clubhouse. Her name is Alicia and she is a representative of Shore Nutrition & Wellness located in Shrewsbury, NJ. Since there are members that are either pre-diabetic or diabetic, we thought this was helpful for the Shore House community.
One Shore House member, in particular, has diabetes. Darin was told that he had diabetes when he was 17 years old. He expressed that he was shocked and in denial. This caused stress dealing not only with a mental illness, but now also diabetes. According to him, luckily, he only had type 2 diabetes, which is less threatening in his eyes. For those who are not familiar, type 2 diabetes:
Another member, Kerri, has pre-diabetes. Kerri found out a few months ago that she is pre-diabetic. Most people who run the risk of diabetes don’t know they were pre-diabetic until it’s too late. Kerri’s doctor screens her for diabetes since some of her medications run the risk of causing it. Besides exercise and losing weight, she wants to change her eating habits.
She thought artificial sweeteners were better than table sugar, which are used in many products. She didn’t know that there are some things that artificial sweeteners do to our bodies. Some of the things artificial sweeteners (or sugar substitute) can cause are: headaches, dizziness, insomnia, memory loss, joint pain, edema or swelling, and increased appetite.
Alicia said Stevia is a better way to go if you don’t want to use sugar or artificial sweeteners because of the health problems they cause. If you didn’t know, Stevia comes from a plant. Like artificial sweeteners, it is sweeter than table sugar so a little goes a long way. She suggests that liquid Stevia is good to buy. Only one drop of it can be used to sweeten tea or coffee.
As a result, Kerri plans to get the liquid Stevia and start lowering the use of artificial sweeteners to see how it helps her overall physical health.
By Alicia coming to the clubhouse, it posed as a reminder of what members should continue to do in regards of their condition. It also motivates them to spread the word to others with diabetes and help them live a healthier life.
For more information, do not hesitate to check out Alicia’s website: http://www.shorenutritionandwellness.com
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