The Seven Words of Wisdom Contest for Diabetes

Hey All, Michelle actually jumped on my original idea, which was to host an official contest for the best Seven Words of Wisdom for Living with Diabetes. See my start at the end of this morning’s post.

You may or may not be familiar with Michael Pollan’s book “In Defense of Food” and his famous 7-word manifesto: Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.Numbersevenincircle

Tons of people have jumped on this idea, and the New York Times even hosted a popular do-it-yourself “Seven Words” contest back in January. Some winners I loved were:

Drink water. Eat your veggies. Love Mom.

Smile often. Laugh out loud. Share joy.

Make promises. Don’t break them. Find loopholes.

What have you all got for living with diabetes? I am prepared to pass out prizes, including those coveted DiabetesMine T-shirts and Know Your Numbers books.

** UPDATE 3/19/08 **

I’m keeping the contest open till the end of the week. Then I’m going to print out all the entries and throw darts at them to select the winners. Just kidding. Still, winners shall be selected. Thank you in advance for your wit & wisdom, All.

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64 Responses

  1. John Irving
    John Irving March 17, 2008 at 12:55 pm | | Reply

    Check your blood. Inject your insulin. Live.

  2. Peggy
    Peggy March 17, 2008 at 12:58 pm | | Reply

    My 7 words are:
    Exercise. Eat Low Carb. Test,test,test.
    Is that last part cheating?

  3. Penny
    Penny March 17, 2008 at 1:35 pm | | Reply

    Eat well. Test often. Inject. Live life.

  4. George
    George March 17, 2008 at 1:41 pm | | Reply

    Test. Count carbs. Bolus accordingly and exercise!

  5. Karin
    Karin March 17, 2008 at 1:53 pm | | Reply

    Be diligent. Be educated. You’re not alone.

  6. Katherine
    Katherine March 17, 2008 at 1:57 pm | | Reply

    Exercise, test, set goals, inspire, inform, lead.

  7. Allison
    Allison March 17, 2008 at 2:01 pm | | Reply

    Live with passion. Educate others. Persevere always.

  8. Nelson Sherry
    Nelson Sherry March 17, 2008 at 3:11 pm | | Reply

    Check your blood. Eat moderately. Live joyfully.

  9. Michelle
    Michelle March 17, 2008 at 3:36 pm | | Reply

    Oh my gosh, I had no idea you were thinking of doing this!

    Find support. Become an expert. Keep Learning.

    and for school aged kids:
    try hard. visit the nurse. Enjoy recess.

  10. Lisa
    Lisa March 17, 2008 at 4:09 pm | | Reply

    Accept no limits. Learn to live well.

  11. landileigh
    landileigh March 17, 2008 at 4:48 pm | | Reply

    you can handle it with good friends

  12. Brian
    Brian March 17, 2008 at 5:43 pm | | Reply

    Check your glucose. Check again. Check again.

  13. Sara
    Sara March 17, 2008 at 6:00 pm | | Reply

    Check your blood sugar. Check it often.

    (not sure if I want that to count as my offical entry but it was the first thing that came to mind. Thanks Liberty Medical!)

  14. Kelly K
    Kelly K March 17, 2008 at 6:27 pm | | Reply

    OWN IT.

  15. Lynnea
    Lynnea March 17, 2008 at 6:29 pm | | Reply

    Trust God. Educate yourself. Trust God MORE.

  16. Karen
    Karen March 17, 2008 at 6:43 pm | | Reply

    Every day is different, not exact science.

  17. Lynnea
    Lynnea March 17, 2008 at 7:09 pm | | Reply

    This one from my kids….
    Live normal. Hope. Love. Laugh. Praise God.

  18. Kelly
    Kelly March 17, 2008 at 7:52 pm | | Reply

    Love yourself. All else falls into place.

  19. whimsy2
    whimsy2 March 17, 2008 at 8:02 pm | | Reply

    Test often.
    Watch your carbs.
    Smile!

  20. Bill
    Bill March 17, 2008 at 8:47 pm | | Reply

    Tight Control. Try hard. Don’t expect perfection.

  21. Martha
    Martha March 17, 2008 at 8:49 pm | | Reply

    My 5 yr old grandson has Type 1 diabetes and here are my 7 words of wisdom.

    Live Life, Trust God Always, Have Hope

  22. JasonJayhawk
    JasonJayhawk March 17, 2008 at 9:26 pm | | Reply

    Consume Chocolate, Inject Insulin, Eat and Repeat.

  23. Terry Keelan
    Terry Keelan March 17, 2008 at 9:45 pm | | Reply

    Pay attention. Lick your fingers. Move forward.

  24. Linda B.
    Linda B. March 17, 2008 at 10:52 pm | | Reply

    Scared.Enemy.Defeated.
    Learn.Befriend.Defeat It.

    or maybe
    Sugar High
    Sugar low
    Don’t guess
    Test
    and one more for the road
    I have diabetes
    It doesn’t rule rule me

    never claimed to be a poet,oh well.

  25. Linda B.
    Linda B. March 17, 2008 at 10:57 pm | | Reply

    had to put in one mor
    I have diabetes
    It doesn’t have me!!

  26. Mark
    Mark March 18, 2008 at 1:10 am | | Reply

    In alphabetical order:
    Pumps: Amamis Deltec Disetronic MiniMed Insulet Sooil

    You choose.

  27. M
    M March 18, 2008 at 5:08 am | | Reply

    Take control. Own your diabetes. Live life.

  28. Maureen
    Maureen March 18, 2008 at 6:23 am | | Reply

    Wash your hands, test often, trust in Mom.

  29. Susan
    Susan March 18, 2008 at 6:28 am | | Reply

    Hope always. Test often. Remember chocolate.

  30. mollyjade
    mollyjade March 18, 2008 at 6:41 am | | Reply

    Watch numbers. Test often. You’re only human.

  31. saramy
    saramy March 18, 2008 at 7:15 am | | Reply

    Know yourself, inside and out, balance everything.

  32. The Glucoholic
    The Glucoholic March 18, 2008 at 7:27 am | | Reply

    Sugar Free Snacks. Low Carb Snacks. Yum!

  33. type1emt
    type1emt March 18, 2008 at 7:53 am | | Reply

    Diabetes sucks. You are stronger.Kick butt.

  34. riva
    riva March 18, 2008 at 8:32 am | | Reply

    Love yourself pre and post every check.

  35. Jeff L.
    Jeff L. March 18, 2008 at 8:44 am | | Reply

    As my Endo hounds me – exercise at least 30 min a day.

  36. Lisa Stratton
    Lisa Stratton March 18, 2008 at 11:26 am | | Reply

    Check often
    Count your carbs
    Live life

  37. RichW
    RichW March 18, 2008 at 12:17 pm | | Reply

    Keep your head up and sugar down.

  38. Runehawk
    Runehawk March 18, 2008 at 12:44 pm | | Reply

    Best you can, with (the) best you’ve got.

  39. Julie
    Julie March 18, 2008 at 12:45 pm | | Reply

    expensive strip
    finger stick
    click click
    cybernetic

  40. Valerie
    Valerie March 18, 2008 at 2:15 pm | | Reply

    take it one test at a time

    This became my motto when my (then) four year old son was diagnoised in 2006- I was getting caught up in what his life will be like in the future, stressing about future meals,and what if’s about highs and lows. I slowed it down and deal with it one glucose reading at a time and it has cut down on my anxiety immensley.

    Thank you for your blog- I just forund it and love it!

  41. Rachel
    Rachel March 18, 2008 at 4:56 pm | | Reply

    Always take one day at a time.

  42. d2
    d2 March 18, 2008 at 6:29 pm | | Reply

    Hi Amy

    Here is another 7 =

    Learn from Yesterday…

    Plan Tomorrow….

    Live today!

    D2

  43. Leah
    Leah March 18, 2008 at 7:01 pm | | Reply

    Carbs suck big fat donkey balls. Sorry:)

  44. CALpumper
    CALpumper March 18, 2008 at 7:12 pm | | Reply

    Live fully. Love without prejudice. Laugh often.

    Test. Think twice. Count those darn carbs.

    Learn from the bad days, move forward.

    Cherish the good days and always remember.

    Test often. Eat those greens. Have faith.

    (sorry so many, can’t help it) ;-)

  45. Gene
    Gene March 19, 2008 at 3:22 am | | Reply

    The categories: compulsively compliant, non-compliant. Choose one.

  46. Aaron
    Aaron March 19, 2008 at 6:04 am | | Reply

    Here are couple.

    Test, Bolus, Eat. Test, Bolus, Eat. Repeat.

    or how about

    Test, Bolus, Eat, Test, Treat, Wait, Repeat.

    (Note the treat in this one means treat high or low blood glucose not eat a treat).

  47. Hannah
    Hannah March 19, 2008 at 1:57 pm | | Reply

    Diabetes isn’t disasterous if you laugh often.

  48. Hannah
    Hannah March 19, 2008 at 1:59 pm | | Reply

    Oh, and also…

    Your diabetes is NOT someone else’s diabetes.

  49. Jennifer in NEFL
    Jennifer in NEFL March 19, 2008 at 2:33 pm | | Reply

    Diet, exercise, test sugar
    family, friends, God

  50. Alex Hart
    Alex Hart March 19, 2008 at 6:33 pm | | Reply

    Diabetes doesn’t control us, we control it.

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