Sherri Shepherd, Emmy Award-Winning Cohost of The View, had some excellent advice to share with people who have been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes.
“Don't be scared,” she said. “It’s manageable!” Sherri wrote her book,Plan D - How to Lose Weight and Beat Diabetes, for people who were scared by their diagnosis and didn’t know where to turn. When she was first diagnosed, she had no idea what steps to take in order to deal with her illness, but she has now found great ways to cope.
“You can still live an amazing life. There are certain changes you have to make in your lifestyle. More exercise, more healthy choices,” she advised.
Order Sherri's book, Plan D - How to Lose Weight and Beat Diabetes.
For more healthy living tips from Sherri, see the slideshow below:
Start by making small changes. For example, Sherry used to be addicted to diet soda. She'd have it for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Now, if she drinks a diet soda, she'll drink a 16-ounce bottle of water as well. As she decreased the soda, she increased the water.
Use what you have! "I go to the park for the view," Sherri says, "and I wrap my resistance bands around the fences. I’ll do pull ups, lunges and climb the monkey bars."
Look closely at your carb and sugar intake."When you eat things that are high in carbohydrates, your body converts them into sugar," Sherri says. "Get rid of all the 'white' stuff like white bread, pasta and rice, and replace those items with good carbs, like whole wheat bread and brown rice."
Sherri is a Type II Diabetic, so desserts like cheesecake are out of the question for her. Instead, she’ll eat Greek yogurt with blueberries or apples with peanut butter.
The goal is not to go to a restaurant and eat everything you can. "Eat something before you arrive," Sherri suggests, "and make sure you spend most of your time conversing at the event instead of eating."
Alcoholic beverages convert to sugar when they enter your body, so Sherri stays away from sugary alcoholic drinks like amaretto sours and piña coladas.
When you’re eating on the road, load up your plate with as many greens as possible. "You can always find veggies!" Sherri says "Pack vegetables to have with you during a long trip."
Sherri stays away from fruits that are high in sugar like watermelon, papaya and grapes. Berries are always a safe, low-sugar option.
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