Coping with triggers can help you prevent or delay type 2 diabetes.
This session we will talk about:
You will also make a new action plan!
Marta just learned that she’s at risk for type 2 diabetes. So she needs to change her eating and fitness habits.
On a typical workday, Marta gets up at 5:30 in the morning. As soon as she enters the kitchen, she starts making coffee. Just the smell helps her wake up. Then she warms up a pastry to dunk in her coffee.
By 3 in the afternoon, she’s getting drowsy again. So she stops off at the coffee machine in the staff lounge. At the vending machine, she buys herself another pastry to dunk in her coffee.
Later that evening, Marta needs to unwind after a stressful day. So she curls up on the couch and watches TV. During one of the commercial breaks, she grabs a bag of chips and a beer.
What are some of the things in Marta’s life that trigger her to act in unhealthy ways?
Marta decides to cope with her triggers. These days, she gets more sleep, so she doesn’t get as drowsy during the day. She still has her morning and afternoon coffee. But instead of having a pastry for breakfast, she has some plain nonfat yogurt with berries.
Marta still watches TV to unwind after a stressful day. But she rides a stationary bike or lifts weights while she watches it. And now she has cut-up veggies for her evening snack instead of chips and beer.
It can be challenging to cope with triggers. Here are some common triggers and ways to cope with them.
Your triggers are things in your life that you tend to react to in a certain way – without even thinking about it. They can be sights, smells, sounds, or feelings. They can also be people, places, activities, or situation.
Take out a sheet of paper and write these down:
Once you identify these triggers, write down how you will cope with them. By making plan ahead of time, rather than in the moment when faced with the trigger, you are more likely to stay on your healthy path.
Common unhealthy shopping triggers:
Common unhealthy eating triggers:
Common triggers of sitting still:
on July 28, 2020. Emily is a Registered Dietitian with her Master's degree in Nutrition from Bastyr University in Kenmore, WA, and is one of our Brook Experts.