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It's 2011, and we're all likely thinking about how we'll approach this new year. Are you thinking about cleaning up your act to make up for some of the overindulging or backsliding you did over the holiday season? Wouldn't it be nice if you could be a celebrity and have a private cook and personal trainer to get you back on track with your diabetes management? Better yet, what if there was a spa you could escape to where you could lose a few pounds, start an exercise program, eat a healthy diet and avoid any mental stress?
I did an Internet search on "diabetes spas" to see if such a thing exists. Five spas appeared on my initial search. Of course, they were located in lush, tropical locations. And they provided trained experts from the top medical schools, as well as nutritionists, behaviorists, exercise physiologists, and complementary practitioners — comprehensive care in the lap of luxury. Dream on — for many of us this is not an option. But the idea of pampering ourselves a little is not a bad one.
How can we pamper ourselves as we sit in the house watching the snow accumulate to well over 30 inches? Remember, the Mayo Clinic, Rochester is in Minnesota, and we live this.
Some of my ideas for such rest, relaxation and renewal include:
Remember, a spa-day is to extend love and kindness to yourself.
Nancy Klobassa Davidson, R.N.
Peggy Moreland, R.N.
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well there are plenty of ways to workout without a personal trainer. There's alot of available information online pertaining to health and fitness.
But the best way to start is small and by being consistent. You don't have to know the best workout methods to exercise.
Push yourself past your comfort zone but within safe limits (with doctor's advice) - keeping in mind your condition as a diabetic. And everyday you'll feel the difference. Remember hard work always pays off.
C'mon Rochester: you can get more inspired! Here are a few of my self-pampering tricks.
Make a pitcher of Orange-Cucumber-infused water: add several slices of orange and cuke to a pitcher & refrigerate a couple of hours.
Treat yourself to some out-of-season fruit: berries, melon slices. Or try something new: Asian Pear!
Bundle up and enjoy a great walk in the snow, maybe along a river or through the woods. Come home to a warm bath. Rub your feet with some lotion. Put on your coziest lounge wear & have a relaxing read on the sofa.
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