Deconstructing Diabetes

Simplifying dietary advice for people with diabetes.

Nutrition Consulting, Resources, Blog

Specialised Diabetes Dietitian (APD)

Melbourne,  Australia

Diabetes Blog Week. The Cost of Diabetes

This week is Diabetes Blog Week. #DBlogWeek.

Each day a topic is provided and diabetes bloggers write about the topic.

Today's brief is: Insulin and other diabetes medications and supplies can be costly.    So today, let’s discuss how cost impacts our diabetes care.  Do you have advice to share?

You can read all the blogs for today's topic here.

I'm going to leave the cost of medications, consumables, testing strips, insulin pumps, etc to the writers who know this better than I do.

Instead, my focus is on the cost of Time and Food.

 

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Addition and Subtraction

Is it more important to add, or subtract?

Many clients think I'm going to tell them what not to eat. The things that need to be subtracted, or removed from the shopping list, or the plate.

I'm more focused on what clients should eat. This means adding foods, and ensuring enough good nutrition. So let me go into this first.

Addition

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Dietary Blind Spots

Blind Spot

noun

1 . an area where a person's view is obstructed.

2.  an area in which a person lacks understanding or impartiality.

3.  subject about which one is ignorant or biased.

This post lists what we are simultaneously missing when we are not looking at all, when something obscures the sight of vision, or we are looking at one thing exclusively.

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Deconstructing Useful Behaviour Patterns

Why, as a dietitian is this focusing on behaviour, rather than a change in body weigh so important, and for my clients, so useful?

Dietary behaviours.

This includes a client's successful changes to what's in their shopping basket, what's on their plate, their ability to keep to a meal plan, having enough food so they are not feeling deprived or hungry.

What has worked, and what changes have been successfully made is more important than what hasn't.

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