Some true and tried methods for Managing diabetes from a suitcase.
Well then you might understand the situation I have been in the last few weeks. While I haven’t been on vacation far from it,
I recently spent about 4 weeks on a friend’s couch while I was looking for a new apartment, coincidentally the next 4 weeks proceeding my eventual move to the new place happened to be the beginning of the US tax season, the busiest time of year for me and I have been playing catch up ever since. To this day, I haven’t unpacked any boxes except my emergency stuff and even though I filled up my refrigerator on day one just on excitement alone I haven’t managed to unpack a single pot or pan. In essence I am still managing diabetes from a suitcase in my own apartment.
A few things to consider when managing diabetes out of a suitcase.
Having a Set routine is important for any effective diabetes management formula to work and the pivotal cog in said routine is an efficient and well drawn out plan.
Lets take the diabetic diet for example, I plan and sometimes cook my meals a week in advance. Some of the meals I will cook and then freeze them in portioned bags. Doing this not only simplifies my life quite a bit, but also keeps me on the right path.
I can tell pretty quickly without having to calculate each individual meal at a time how many carbs I consume a day when I follow my meal plan to the letter. This makes dieting a breeze, my routine that much easier and it is quite a time saver as well.
This same predicament is also true when you are on vacation and have no access to cooking and storage facilities, and that does not mean take a vacation from diabetes as well it just means you have to be a bit more creative with your diabetes management and below are a few tips to help with that.
- Research and preparation- When managing diabetes from a suitcase, planning becomes that much more crucial.
- With a limit on cooking and storage facilities for example means researching the local cuisine and the extent of accommodation for a diabetic. Tasting the local cuisine is a huge part of the vacation experience but do it cautiously.
- I realized that my biggest problem became Snacking. Finding snacks that are carb conscious and packing these was important. Not having to pack a lunch meant I didn’t pack the snacks either and when it came time to snack I found myself settling for the unhealthy ones and this was just counter intuitive.
- Are there fitness/gym facilities in the area or are there enough physical activities planned in the day.
- Can the local Medical Services equipped or have experience dealing with diabetic emergencies.
- Take a medical ID bracelet with you, it could be a life saver.
- Sticking to a routine – Sticking to a routine does not just mean your medication routine but also everything else that comes with diabetes management. Like Eating meals and exercising at the same times you usually do will keep your body acclimated to the regular diabetes life.
- Emergency Kit – Keeping your diabetes emergency kit with you at all times is important for those unforeseen emergencies.
- Stress Busters - Remember you are a way for a few weeks either on vacation or due to other circumstances and take the time to enjoy yourself because diabetes will always be waiting for you when you get back.
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