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    3 Solution-Focused Fresh Starts for Fall

    “Step out of the history that is holding you back. Step into the new story you are willing to create.” —Oprah Winfrey

    Lake Nevin at Bernheim Forest and Arboretum

    Fall has arrived! While some consider Fall an “ending” with the wrap-up of the glorious long days of summer, we here @AFreshPOVforYou think of Fall as a time for new “beginnings”. The air takes on a crispness. The trees magnificently change colors and leaves begin to fall. And it’s the perfect time for a solution-focused fresh start or two (or three)!

    Today we’re sharing 3 solution-focused fresh starts for Fall that you in turn can share with your clients/patients: 

    1. Fit a few more steps into the day. With shorter days and cooler temperatures it can be easy to become more sedentary. We know walking is good for us, and doesn’t require any equipment other than some well-fitting walking shoes. A favorite way to fit in more steps is to intentionally stand up every 30 minutes or so during the day and walk around for 2-3 minutes. That activity has been shown to benefit blood glucose and heart health. We’re also big fans of fitness trackers to keep up with how many steps are accumulated during the day, then try to bump that average up by 500 per day. Once that’s achieved, try adding another 500, and so on, working toward a goal of 10,000 steps each day. Read more about solution-focused practice applied to activity tracker conversations in a previous post here.
    1. Enjoy Fall vegetables (of the non-starchy variety). In fact, try filling half of your plate with these! Flavorful fall bounty includes arugula, carrots, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, kale, radishes, and spinach. These are all very low in carbohydrate (only 5 grams in a 1-cup serving raw or ½ cup cooked), so can help keep post-meal BGs in target and help bring more time in range. Plus, these veggies are packed with fiber to help fill you up. One of our favorites is roasted Brussels sprouts. Roasted radishes and roasted broccoli are pretty fantastic too! While Tami’s not a fan of raw radishes, roasted radishes are a different story. She’s found they become sweet and lose the bitterness when roasted. If you’ve never roasted vegetables, here’s the simple “how to” here. 
    1. Check-in on those New Year’s “solutions” (rather than resolutions) that you set 9 months ago. You can read more about our take on setting New Year’s “solutions” rather than “resolutions” here. This solution-focused approach focuses on things that have gone well in the past, and pinpointing how you can do more of that (rather than trying to change in the new year). Autumn is the perfect time to see what you have accomplished and had success with, and look ahead to what you want to do before the year closes out. 

    Find 3 more solution-focused fresh starts for Fall in our blog here from 2019.

    Stop back by in 2 weeks when we’ll share a few favorite apps that can be used in solution-focused practice. 

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    If you are a health care professional and interested in learning more about our solution-focused practice and approach, when you subscribe to our blog, we’ll send you in return a FREE resource of 10 Solution-Focused Questions to start a solution-focused discussion with your clients. 

    Deb is employed by Dexcom, but her words and opinions in this blog are her own.

    Tami is employed by the University of Kentucky HealthCare Barnstable Brown DIabetes Center, but her words and opinions in this blog are her own.

  • Fresh Views

    Celebrating Labor Day Weekend!

    One of a few remaining Sunflowers in a field at the end of summer in Santa, Fe, New Mexico

    With the start of September and Fall on the horizon we @AFreshPOVforYou took a much needed break to celebrate this long weekend. Deb finally got to see her daughter walk across the stage during a very delayed 2020 college graduation ceremony. And Tami enjoyed a low-key “staycation” with her hubby…dinner outing with friends, family picnic, hanging out on the back porch in the cooler temps, appreciating the last of the sunflowers in her garden, binging Netflix, and bringing out the fall decor!

    Sunflowers in Tami’s backyard

    So we invite you to enjoy reading a past blog post from 2019 A Fresh Start in the Fall where we share 3 solution-focused fresh starts for Fall. In upcoming posts we’ll share some of our current approaches and what we’re doing to gain a fresh start. Deb recently started using the Noom app and she’ll be sharing her views on their strategies to make technology support healthy choices. Tami is renewing her focus on mindfulness, being present in the moment and practicing gratitude. 

    We hope you too took some time this long weekend with friends, family, nature or whatever makes you smile and rejuvenates you!

    We welcome anyone interested in our approach to Subscribe to our blog and we’ll email you when a new post is published!

    If you are a health care professional and interested in learning more about our solution-focused practice and approach, when you subscribe to our blog, we’ll send you in return a FREE resource of 10 Solution-Focused Questions to start a solution-focused discussion with your clients. 

    Deb is employed by Dexcom, but her words and opinions in this blog are her own.

    Tami is employed by the University of Kentucky HealthCare Barnstable Brown DIabetes Center, but her words and opinions in this blog are her own.

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    Fresh Start in the Fall

    All endings are also beginnings. We just don’t know it at the time. – Mitch Albom

    Autumn on the Saint Lawrence river in Quebec

    Monday September 23rd heralded in the official start to Fall! For many, Fall signals an ending…the end of carefree summer break for kids, and depending on where you live, the end of warm weather, the end of long sunny days, and the end of leisurely weekend afternoons on the lake or by the pool. 

    But with that “ending” comes striking new “beginnings”. The air takes on a crispness. The trees magnificently change colors and leaves begin to fall. And we enter a season of waiting. All necessary to make way for the new. 

    With the start of Fall, today we share 3 solution-focused fresh starts for Fall: 

    1 – Spend time in reflection. Fall is a great opportunity to take a look back at the past months and summarize your accomplishments in all aspects of life. And to remind yourself what’s gone well. This can help bring fresh perspectives, set priorities and inspire you to consider new possibilities. Life in general brings constant challenges, not even to mention life with diabetes. We encourage you to focus on what has worked. How can you make that happen more often?

    2 – Practice gratitude. Fall is a time of gratitude with Thanksgiving around the corner. Reflect on what you are grateful for and what brings  you joy, especially if life is seeming challenging and burdensome. Feeling thankful for the experiences and emotions they brought you. Read our gratitude blog to get some ideas on some gratitude practices

    3 – Sum up the results and start something new. Building on fresh starts 1 and 2, that “something new” may be self-improvement activities, setting new goals, or devoting more time to the things in life that bring you joy and contentment. Read our past blog on finding joy in life and diabetes education services.  Many programs, workshops and events start in September and October, so it’s the perfect time to enroll. Or it maybe time to take up reading a new book to nourish your soul and help you know yourself better. If you live with diabetes and have not read Adam Brown’s book, Bright Spots and Land Mines, we encourage you to put this on your reading list. The bright spots discussed in his book are very similar to “exceptions” in a solution focused approach. You can read our interview with Adam here.

    Rather than think of Fall as ending, think of it as a beginning of something fresh and new.

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