The Oxford English Dictionary defines Self Care as “The practice of taking action to preserve or improve one's own health.”
We talk a lot about “Self Care” these days. A Google search of the phrase “Self Care” brings up more than 65 million results. I perused the first few pages of results and found that, while the dictionary definition of self care is related to managing one’s own health, most of the articles give just a cursory mention to maintaining physical health and instead focus on mental health and things to do to make yourself happy and relaxed in the moment.
I don’t want to make an argument that mental health isn’t important and that many of the suggestions, such as meditating, spending time with friends, and enjoying the company of pets aren’t an important part of health. But I DO think that the focus on the pampering aspects of self-care can get in the way of doing what we need to do to REALLY take...
If you’ve read the “About Teresa” page, you know that I hate exercise. As a person with diabetes who also provides healthcare for people with diabetes, I could probably go to diabetes jail for speaking such blasphemy!
But, wait! I didn’t say I hate activity. You see, to me EXERCISE implies something you HAVE to do. Like homework. “Turn to page 52 and complete exercises 1, 2, 7, 12, and 13.” Nope. No thank you! I’m not interested in someone telling me to do something I don’t like to do!
On the other hand, I know (both in my heart and because I’ve read the science) that regular activity is one of the best things I can do for my body, particularly as someone with a disease related to insulin resistance. (Remember insulin resistance? We talked about that here.) One of the most effective ways to improve insulin resistance is to move more. People usually call this exercise. I don’t because exercise is something you have to...
The first thing you notice when talking to Jenn Giachetti is her smile. She smiles with her whole face, eyes sparkling. Next is her genuine caring attitude that is evident in her manner; when you’re with Jenn, you feel like you’re the only person in the world that matters to her at that moment.
She’s Mom to a 23-year-old son and an 11-year-old daughter. Jenn is fiercely dedicated to her family, being healthy for them, and providing a great example for what a healthy, happy life can look like. They are her proudest accomplishment! She homeschools her daughter, teaches 9 exercise classes per week, and attends an additional 2-4 classes to keep up her teaching skills. Her motivation for teaching exercise is to lead by example and show people that they can get healthy and have fun doing it.
Here’s what Jenn had to say when we sat down for a chat. (Answers have been edited for clarity.)
Tell me your diabetes story:
I was diagnosed in 2009 with an A1c of about 12....