There has been quite a lapse since I last wrote an article. I have to admit I have been struggling greatly with proper eating, nutrition and my blood sugar levels. I also have been dealing with a big medical bill and no insurance to cover it. These stresses are things that have set me back and led me down a road of depression.
But I also know that if I sit around feeling sorry for myself that is not going to be the answer, either. So, I will be getting back to the last topic I was writing about because I still feel very strongly that type 2 diabetes can be reversed.
The Mental Trap
Knowing a thing and doing a thing are two different things as most of us are aware.
We may know what we need to do, but not do it.
For several months I ate the way I “should.” I ate fruits and vegetables and meat.
I noticed positive results in my blood sugars which ran around 130-140. I lost weight. I felt better.
But slowly things when downhill. First, Thanksgiving. Need I say more?
I had to eat the turkey (meat). I had to eat the mashed potatoes and gravy. I had to have the rich deserts (but not the pumpkin pie because I just don’t like it!). I had to eat all the foods that are in the traditional American Thanksgiving meal and I felt that I had to eat A LOT!
Well, after that, the slide became a much faster one. I started to eat eggs for breakfast two days a week. Eggs are another “no-no.”
I started to eat meat and bread regularly.
I began to add just a touch of salt. Next it was sugar. A little bit wasn’t going to hurt me, was it?
The trap was set and I got ensnared entirely in it. My brain kept telling me, “It’s okay. A little won’t hurt.”
I stopped exercising. I didn’t even go into stores and walk around to shop.
While my mind was telling me it was okay and that everything was fine. I was deluding myself.
I began to gain weight. My blood sugar levels began to rage out of control.
Without insurance, soon I was unable to pay for my medications except the Metformin, so I had to stop taking my insulin and my Trulicity.
My blood sugars were in the 400s and 500s and sometimes even higher…
But I didn’t change how I ate…
What was wrong with me?
Where do we go from here?
I knew that things had to change. So I bought a book by renowned doctor, Neal D. Barnard, MD.
The name of the book? Dr. Neal Barnard’s Program for REVERSING DIABETES. If you are interested, you can check out his book here:
I had heard a lot about Dr. Barnard and was certain that this book would be key to reversing this dreadful disease that was slowly taking my feet (peripheral neuropathy), my eyes and my overall health.
I read through the book like my life depended on it—which it did.
I learned a few things about lifestyle choices, food choices and things that I never expected to learn.
My next post will continue my research and what I learned from Dr. Barnard’s book as well as Food Rules by Michael Pollan. Watch for it.
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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 12 years ago and has faced many challenges with the disease. If you would like to contact her, please do so at: email@example.com.