Seven Words of Wisdom for Dealing with Diabetes
Last updated:March 24, 2008
Blogger Amy Tenderich at Diabetes Mine recently ran a quirky contest based on Michael Pollan's famous seven-word manifesto: "Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants." Pollan's seven words of wisdom, the lead to a New York Times Magazine piece that became the basis for his new book, In Defense of Food, have inspired others to craft their own "seven word" mantras and hold haiku-like, seven-word competitions, including at the Times. In the same vein, Tenderich challenged the diabetes community to come up with just a few key words to live by.
Her winners, announced today:
- Be diligent. Be educated. You're not alone.
- Check your glucose. Check again. Check again.
- Every day is different, not exact science.
My personal favorites:
- Live as if you were not ill.
- Check your blood. Eat moderately. Live joyfully.
- Find support. Become an expert. Keep learning.
That last one seems particularly on point for people caring for parents with diabetes.
Think of the contest as a jumping off point. Now it's your turn. What would your seven words be?
Image by Flickr user Kevin Collins used under the Creative Commons attribution license.
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