Give healthy foods a shot or take an insulin shot

weight, scaleI never had a problem with my weight until I was an adult and took a job that was a sit-down job. After that, I packed on a few pounds each year. Eventually, I packed on quite a few. My highest recorded weight was 272 although I am quite certain there was a time when I was 300 pounds, I just never wrote it down.

Today I am going to very briefly talk about giving healthy foods a shot so you don’t have to take an insulin shot!

Healthy Foods

There are a lot of foods out there as we may be aware. There is such a great variety in many places that it can be hard to know how to select healthy options. TV advertisements don’t make it any easier on us as they are constantly touting this or that food as “healthy options.” Many of those foods simply are not healthy at all.

I can tell you that many of the healthiest foods you can eat are in the produce aisle at your grocery store. Beyond that, it can be a real guessing game.food, tomatoes, mushrooms, dill

Reading food labels is vital as we look to find healthy options. One doctor that I have visited with said that if the food has ingredients that you cannot pronounce, you probably should not eat it, either. There are many nutrition experts who say the same thing or something very similar.

Sometimes it just seems to depend on who you ask on a certain day as healthy food rules appear to change with the tides!

One rule does stand fast and firm, however, and that one is that fruits and vegetables are the healthiest options.

Give healthy foods a shot

I titled this post “Give healthy foods a shot or take an insulin shot because that is what it boils down to these days. An article from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention gives a detailed view of the statistics related to those suffering from type 2 diabetes.

broccoliSome key findings from the 2020 report include:

  • 34.2 million Americans—just over 1 in 10—have diabetes.
  • 88 million American adults—approximately 1 in 3—have prediabetes.

Preventing type 2 diabetes is key in my humble opinion. Prevention comes through a healthier diet, exercise (walking is exercise!), and general knowledge and implementation of nutrition and health.

One of the biggest problems many people face is not being aware that our food choices are killing us!

Take an insulin shot

When I was first diagnosed with the condition of type 2 diabetes, I was angry. I had been lied to. No doctor had ever told me that the food I was eating was killing me.

I vowed I would NEVER take a shot to control the condition. But 13 years later, I am taking daily doses of insulin. Still, I know that I can change this. I have seen it happen, I have read reports which I will share in upcoming articles.

In today’s video, I give myself my evening insulin shot.

It’s not a pretty sight, but until I can control the condition by making healthier choices, it is where I am. I have no excuses. The facts are that I do not and have not made healthy food choices in many years. I have not exercised consistently in many years. I have watched my weight go up and down and not maintain a stable weight.

I take responsibility for my condition now because I know that food and healthy choices are key and I have ignored that truth.

I am not beating myself up about it, but I am taking baby steps to get to where I need to be.

Thank you for visiting my site. I would love to hear your thoughts on this post. Please leave questions or comments below and I will get back to you very soon!

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About the author

Karin Nauber is a professional journalist who has worked in the newspaper business for the past 25 years. She is also a grandmother who, along with her spouse, is raising one of their granddaughters. Karin has nine grandchildren with whom she enjoys spending as much time as possible. Karin also was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes about 13 years ago and has faced many challenges with the disease. If you would like to contact her, please do so at karin@diabeteshealthnuts.com.

4 thoughts on “Give healthy foods a shot or take an insulin shot

  1. It’s a catchy line, and it says a great truth. I would prefer to give healthy food a shot. And it’s not that bad after all. I thought it would be super boring and without taste. But I must admit how mistaken I was. 

    I agree with you and am occasionally mad at doctors because they don’t warn us that our levels are dangerously going ove the roof. But, the solution, as you have also explained is to take responsibility for our condition.

  2. Hi Karin, I love reading that you’ve learned to take better care of your body and health. It takes a smart mind to actually pay attention to the damage we tend to do to ourselves. Sadly, most people are too lazy to make positive changes to their lifestyle. 

    The statistics you’ve shown us are certainly sobering. And sad, too. I don’t know about you, but seeing a person injecting themselves with a syringe makes me shudder. And yet, some people are skinny as a rake and still insulin dependent. So it isn’t always about food. 

    Be well,


    1. Thank you for visiting our site, Monika. Sorry for the delay in replying to you. Taking better care of ourselves has to be a top priority so that we can get better! After a doctor appointment, the other day—at which I received some bad news—my resolve to make healthier choices was solidified!

      Yes, I watch myself giving myself an injection every single day. It makes me cringe. Plus some days it really hurts.

      I appreciate your comments.

      To our health,
      Karin 🙂

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