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Reversing Type 2 diabetes – It is possible [Part 2]

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: karin@diabeteshealthnuts.com.

14 thoughts on “Reversing Type 2 diabetes – It is possible [Part 2]

  1. Thanks for sharing this, I will be watchful my health too and maintain blood sugar, and high blood pressure. Should be minimized eating food. 

    It is true that paying always a bill is not good, we don’t know yet in the future or after next 5 years. We love so much this life and we to enjoy it so that we can help also to others. In my opinion, regular exercise for 30 minutes even just walking is a great help to our body, eating more vegetables and fruits most doctors suggest. More on vegetables, less of meat eating. 

    Thanks for your recommended book. 

    Edilberto

    1. Thanks for visiting my site. I hope this information will help lead you on a path of better overall health. 

      Karin 😁

  2. Prevention is always better than cure. I truly empathise with your situation. I myself am always on the watch for eating the right things and maintaining exercise because of high blood pressure. I hadn’t until recently and would eat freely anything I wanted, usually within the areas of the Thanksgiving dinner offerings you describe, almost on a day to day basis.  Falling off the wagon is usually triggered by having get togethers with people that you can’t impose your bland diet on. That sets the ball rolling for a relapse hahaha. I’m sure this book can be helpful to me as well and I will share this link with people I know who are diabetic. Hope you are much better now and afloat financially! 

    1. Nozipho, you most certainly have that right! I think there is a saying, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure? Something like that.

      I fall off the wagon frequently! It is getting better, though. The falls are not as long and not as hard—usually.

      The pattern of relapses has been the hardest on my body.

      I appreciate you visiting my site and for your thoughtful comment! I hope you will visit again, soon!

  3. Hi there!

    What a great story! I really believe that as in the title, diabetes type 2 can be reversible! There is an idiom that says that you are what you eat! If we look at it, almost every disease is affected by this! When someone eats the right things, their chance of getting healthy vastly improves! 

    Thanks for this post!

    1. Thank you for visiting my site. I really believe it is possible, too! That idiom is so true. When we eat junk, we get junk. 

      Food and beverages that we put into our bodies really are the source of a lot of the inflammation in our bodies that causes many of the diseases we experience.

      I hope you will visit again soon!

      Karin

  4. As I said in my previous posts on this subject. Diet can have an amazing effect on sugar level and the impact on how our bodies work. The other point is it doesn’t mean your diet has to be boring. If anything if you eat well you experiment with a wider range of food and develop a more diverse taste spectrum.

    1. With some of the foods that Dr. Barnard suggests, you can eat a very diverse menu. There are many foods that I would not have previously even considered that I am making staples in our household because they are good, not only for me, but for everyone!

      Thanks again for reading my posts! I hope you will visit again, soon.

      Karin

  5. Diabetes is one disease that needs to be monitored regularly in order to avoid complications.  My father has diabetes and was able to control it when he closely watched his diet.  But when he started to slack off his blood sugar went up again.  Discipline and proper support from your family are very important.  Thank you for sharing this book which can help my dad’s condition.  

    1. Thank you for visiting my site. I 100% agree that when we eat right, we can curb, control and even reverse this disease. As your father clearly saw, it is a fact that what we eat makes a difference. I whole-heartedly recommend the book. It is becoming an important part of my life, as well. I hope you will come back soon with any questions you may have and let me know how your father is doing if he is using the book.

      Karin

  6. Thank you for sharing this information. A family  member is currently dealing with this disease. I will be sure to pass on this knowledge, which I feel will be appreciated. We all have to be vigilant when it comes to dealing with our health,. Tt’s useful to be reminded we are not in this alone. Great content. Looking forward to your next post.

  7. Hello there! I like this post. I am sure the quality information in it will be beneficial to anyone who comes across it. I trust this book will be of great help to my mom as I’ve read a lot about Dr. Barnard and his achievements in the Dietary Guidelines for Americans.

    Thanks for sharing this with me.

    1. You’re welcome and thanks again for visiting my site. I am sure your mom will find a ton of useful information in Dr. Barnard’s book.

      Karin 🙂

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