According to the Centers for Disease Control, 40% of Americans are living with type 2 diabetes or prediabetes. Of this group, many aren't sure what a diabetes or prediabetes diagnosis means for them moving forward. The KYC Book of the Month helps explain what happens next. Eat What You Love, Love What You Eat with Diabetes takes the principles of mindfulness and applies them to those living with these diagnoses so that they can “live and eat with awareness and intention”.
Those who have been diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes or prediabetes might see their future in terms of rigid nutrition rules and exercise regimens. Dr. May and Ms. Fletcher seek to change that way of thinking. They empower readers to explore their own thoughts, beliefs, and habits in order create awareness of how each reader will best be able to live with her diagnosis. The book is divided into six sections, each section corresponding to a skill that is used in mindfulness. These skills range from ‘awareness' and ‘curiosity' to ‘being present' and ‘letting go'. Within each of the six sections are four chapters. Chapters titled “Think” lay the groundwork for mindful eating and diabetes management by teaching readers how to gain awareness into their relationship with food and exercise. The “Care” chapters encourage readers to learn the basics of diabetes and make the connection between self-care and prevention of future health issues and complications. “Nourish” chapters use nutrition information as a tool to aid readers in choosing their food mindfully and healthfully. And finally, chapters entitled “Live” teach readers how to work exercise and activity into their lives by starting with small, focused suggestions. This approach ensures that each reader's experience is specific to her which can lead to greater success in managing each reader's own diabetes.
For people who are struggling to deal with their diabetes, this book presents a new way of looking at the disease and keeping the disease under control. For those who are new to a prediabetes or diabetes diagnosis, the book offers a starting point that is as specific to each person as their own fingerprint. Anyone who suffers from this disease, or loves someone who does, can certainly benefit from Dr. May and Ms. Fletcher's approach. This National Diabetes Month, visit the Karen Yontz Center and check out a new way of looking at diabetes management.