Our emotions influence what we eat,
when we eat, and how much we eat. So negative feelings can interfere with your
ability to follow your diet for
After you accept your negative feelings about diabetes and
your diet, you will be more likely to let go of these feelings. Then you can
more easily learn and successfully follow a healthy diet.
feelings can also help you follow your diet for diabetes. If you feel like you
are doing something good for your health, you may feel motivated. Then you may
feel even better about your diet and yourself.
To deal with your
Feelings can be positive or negative. Feelings affect how we think and
behave. Dealing with a negative feeling means:
There are no right or wrong feelings, and you are not
a "bad" person for having negative feelings.
There are no right or wrong feelings, and you
are not a "bad" person for having negative feelings. You can deal with them by
recognizing them as feelings, accepting them, and letting go of them.
Recognizing anger and resentment toward the diet for
diabetes is the first step in dealing with those feelings.
Recognizing anger and resentment toward
following the diet for diabetes is the first step in dealing with those
Recognizing anger and resentment toward
following the diet for diabetes is the first step in dealing with
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can get in the way of your ability to learn about and follow your diet that
is very important for keeping your blood sugar level within your target
Negative feelings do not interfere with your ability
to follow a balanced diet.
Negative feelings can interfere with your
ability to follow a balanced diet. They may cause you to resist learning about
and following the diet.
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People often think that
following a diet for diabetes means giving up foods they like and having to eat
foods they don't like. If you think a diet for diabetes means you can't eat any
of the foods you like, try the following exercise:
From the list below, check
all the feelings you have about a diet for diabetes. Add any other negative
feelings you have about following the diet.
Identify what you may be afraid of, angry about, or
resistant to in a
feelings diary(What is a PDF document?).
Don't judge yourself
by your feelings. It is what you do with them that matters.
why you have a negative feeling is not enough to rid you of it—you will need to
do something to let go of it. Record in your feelings diary how you plan to deal with each negative feeling.
You can let go
of negative feelings by:
To deal with your negative feelings, you need
You cannot just forget about your feelings. Any
negative feelings that you have can affect your ability to follow your diet.
Accept your feelings without judging them. The first
step is to recognize them. Then, you can deal with them in a healthy way so
they don't interfere with your ability to care for yourself.
You don't have to eat any food that you don't
like. Accept your feelings without judging them.
First, recognize them, then accept them. Next, you can deal with them in a
healthy way so they don't interfere with your ability to care for
You need to accept your feelings without
judging them. First, recognize them, then accept them. Next, you can deal with
them in a healthy way so they don't interfere with your ability to care for
There are no bad foods. All kinds of foods can
be eaten on a diet for diabetes. Accept your feelings
without judging them. First, recognize them, then accept them. Next, you can
deal with them in a healthy way so they don't interfere with your ability to
care for yourself.
Continue to Where?
Now that you have read this
information, you may be ready to deal with your negative feelings about a diet
for diabetes. You know that positive feelings about yourself and your diet can
also help motivate you to stay on your diet for diabetes.
Talk with your diabetes specialist (doctor, registered dietitian, or certified diabetes educator). If you have questions or have
identified areas that you need help with, review them when you visit your
If you would like more information on dealing with your
feelings about diabetes, the following resources are available:
The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics sets standards for all types of prescribed diets. The
organization produces a variety of consumer information, including videos. This group will help you find a registered dietitian in your area who
provides nutrition counseling.
The American Diabetes Association (ADA) is a national organization
for health professionals and consumers. Almost every state has a local office.
ADA sets the standards for the care of people with diabetes. Its focus is on
research for the prevention and treatment of all types of diabetes. ADA
provides patient and professional education mainly through its publications,
which include the monthly magazine Diabetes Forecast,
books, brochures, cookbooks and meal planning guides, and pamphlets. ADA also
provides information for parents about caring for a child with diabetes.
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June 24, 2013
E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
& Rhonda O'Brien, MS, RD, CDE - Certified Diabetes Educator
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