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I think change gets harder with age. I cringe inside when I find out I'm going to have to change the way I've been doing something at work and learn a new way, for example. It seems the only thing we can be certain about with change is that it will happen again. Health care behaviors seem to be some of the hardest changes to make.
A number of theories about human behavior and change exist. One such theory, by Kurt Lewin and Edgar Schein, proposes that change is a three-stage process — unfreezing a behavior, changing, and then refreezing the new behavior.
Getting motivated: Unfreezing
The first stage — the unfreezing stage — is becoming motivated to change. How do we become motivated to change? A new diagnosis of diabetes, a poor A1C report from the medical care provider, nudges from a family member or self-evaluation all might motivate change. At this stage, the change process becomes a mental game of mind over matter. We realize the current situation isn't working and that ignoring the condition won't make things better. Real and unreal anxieties can slow down and impede the process of change. You might question if you can change, how to start or if it will make a difference.
The change stage follows making the decision that a change needs to occur. Next, we must decide what needs to change. Activities that help us change are beneficial in the change stage. These activities might include:
Making it permanent: Refreezing
The refreezing stage — making the change permanent — is probably the hardest stage. This final stage is when the change becomes habitual and includes developing a new self-concept. You become a person identifying and living for wellness.
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Nancy Klobassa Davidson, R.N.
Peggy Moreland, R.N.
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As a ret. Private Chef, I observed that we prepare, for ourselves and family the same 7-10 entrees, repeatedly. They are our comfort. It makes sense that if you alter the recipes, one by one you will be more satisfied with your new lifestyle.
For instance; I love mashed potatoes. Switch 1/2 of the potatoes for cauliflower or broccoli . Or mash sweet potatoes.
Monitoring is the key in beating diabetes
I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes about an year back. My doctor did not start any medications immediately and advised me life style change. When I was diagnosed, my HbA1C was 8+. But with lifestyle change within 3 months I was below 6.
It is very important in this disease to monitor yourself. I used a web based software to log and monitor my parameters [www.friendofdiabetic.com]. The more you log your parameters, more it acts as a feedback to improve. I don’t think I would have achieved A1C of 6 without monitoring what I was doing.
Hi.I am new to posting so please excuse me. I liked your article about having to change and re evaluate our lifestyles. I have two friend that have diabetes and one tries to eat that candy and pays later. We really have to keep focused and stay on the healthy path as best as we can.I came across dandelionhealingtea.com and foun out that it is supposed to help diabetes. I thought I would share this knowledge for anyone who might want to check it out. I also read that it helps other conditions and is vitamin rich. I started drinking the dandelion tea for all of the other wonderful benefits it has and am going to tell my friends or just suprise them with a kind little gift of dandelion tea for them. Maybe this could be a beneficial,pleasant and easy way to at least begin to change for the sake of our health in a natural way.Take Care and don't give up!
I comprehend the concept of Unfreezing. But doing it seems imposible to me. How do I start? Where do I go for help.
how many sugar grams a day can you have if you have diabetes ?
barbara, try not to be so hard on yourself. It sounds like you are an evolving type 1 diabetic and they caught you early in the diagnosis where initially the pancreas insulin function was still working fairly well. Read the article in our blog titled "Diabetes Diagnosis, type is not always clear." Nov. 3,2009. This may help answer a few of your concerns. Nancy
I have what I thought was type 2 diabetes but now after a loss of 52lb and a complete loss of controle of my sugar levels I now have type 1. In just 3 days, no more oral meds but lots of shots...I feel like I messed up bad. HELP......
I'm a type 2 diabetic and I'm well educated. Even though I'm not stupid and I can see what I have to do, doing the right thing is so difficult. Being a diabetic in denial can be very frustrating indeed! Liked your blog - food for thought.
I have to be motivated to make the change. My motivation was to watch older relatives succumb to diabetes. My doctor advised me on diet when I was dx with T2 ten years ago and so far no problems. I wish I had been motivated before the dx!
I'm 54 years ''young'' and I have stop drinking and doing illicit drugs for over 12 years and et times belive it or not I still fight it, coming to learn to get out of the ring was a hard lesson to say the least, in 2007 I had a heart attack and was also diagnose with diabetes type 2 and the first test they made for hepatitis c was a false positive wich meant that I a point in time I contracted it but I'm part of the lucky ones my body fought it within the first 48 hours so I am not a bearer of it (to close for comfort) if you ask me.
There is plenty of stuff that I should do to be healthier but I'm not motivated in the least to do them why, mainly because...its a very long story that I hope will end soon.
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