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Dear Diary: Why Keeping a Health Diary Works

Ever gain five pounds and really have no idea what could have caused it? You've been eating as you normally do and taking your regular walks. Except maybe you forgot to account for those pieces of birthday cake at the office, the sampling around the table at a recent dinner with friends, or the missed exercise due to a stretch of bad weather. It's easy to forget, or ignore, the little things that can quickly add up to bigger problems.  

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Reviewed by Susan Weiner, R.D., M.S., C.D.E., C.D.N. 11/13.


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by Brenda Bell
Years before I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, The Other Half came out of a doctor's appointment with a diagnosis of "borderline diabetes" and an ADA exchange diet sheet. His health insurance agency followed up on the diagnosis with a glucometer and test strips. After a year or so of trying to follow the diet plan and test his glucose levels, things appeared to be back in "normal" range, and stood there until a couple of years after my own diagnosis. Shortly...
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