Yet in trying to be a normal college student, I sometimes lose sight of the fact that my body isn't normal. And if I don't realize that soon, the façade of normality associated with diabetes will fade as I age and long-term consequences set in. College only happens once, yes. But so does life.
A year later, when my friend and I had a happy reunion in California, and I was, again, expressing my thanks to him, he smiled. "Let's face it," he said, "you and I wouldn't be sitting here today if you hadn't gone to high school with the right guys."
Want to know the trick behind toning any body part, even the most troublesome "stubborn fat" areas like your hips, thighs and stomach?
I am clearly not opposed to supplements, and I find them to be helpful in augmenting treatment and health goals -- but they are not supposed to be quick fixes that take the place of healthy habits.
For those in their 70s, 80s or 90s, regular exercise may be a new concept. They did not grow up hearing about the many benefits of a regular fitness routine, and it could take some coaxing and some creative planning to get them to partake.
There are choices for almost everything these days. Call the customer service department of your cell provider or cable company and you will be offered (in a maddeningly slow computerized voice) at least a half a dozen options from which to choose.
Things like pizza and soda are high in sodium and sugar and don't contribute to a healthy diet. If you are starting to see the side effects of these snacks, try out some of these more health conscious choices.
When you are both patient and healer, remember to be patient and allow time -- time to listen and time to distance and, finally, time to heal.
Being a female in 21st-century America, and being in my 50s, I can honestly say in the spirit of "been there, done that" that there is nothing I fail to understand about hacking oneself to pieces with an overly critical eye.
Physical activity, exercise and movement are available to you to promote the natural healing of your body, and you are empowered right now to use them if you choose.
A word to the wise -- resist the urge to "diet." Read the research: Diets don't work, they make matters worse. Modifying how you eat and maintaining the changes is fine and makes sense. That's not dieting.
Because by the end of the day I wanted nothing more than to go back to my zen den, crawl under the fluffy covers, and crash.
While most New Year's resolutions take time, energy and planning, there are quick changes that you can make today that can improve your well-being and put you in the driver's seat on the journey to a new and improved you.
Though much of my role is to focus on diet, I can't help but think of another form of consumption: what we read about nutrition, fitness and wellness. Along with a steady diet of leafy greens, whole grains and healthy fats, I keep up a pretty dedicated regimen of health blogs.
"Shameless" not only promotes sexual satisfaction in the sense of being in tune with your sexual needs and your sexual partner -- it also promotes loving the body for what it is.
If you're feeling stressed, take heart: What you eat and smell may help you de-stress. Arm yourself with these soothing scents and tasty foods to cope when you are stressed.