How to get motivated for better health
So imagine my shock when the doctor’s office called me a week later and said, “You have diabetes.”
My first thought was, “Oh, no! I give nutrition advice to my clients!” I was embarrassed more than anything else.
You see, knowing about healthy foods and actually eating well are not the same. I knew how much chocolate I had been eating. I recognized how screwed up my digestive patterns were. I just didn’t recognize the symptoms of diabetes: I thought I had a UTI.
Anything? That’s where this disease diagnosis became an opportunity to get my body and my life back on track.
I told the doctor I didn’t want the insulin, but she insisted I would need it until I got my blood sugar stabilized. So I made a deal: I’d use it until I was stable, then would keep myself regulated through diet. (Turns out, exercise is a huge part of this as well.)
Okay, I was motivated. I spent hours researching the Glycemic Index of different foods, and — what turned out to be even more important — the Glycemic Load: how much sugar you are actually ingesting, depending on how much of a certain food you eat.
So, eating low-GL foods and measuring everything, I became stable and could stop taking insulin after six days.
As of this writing, I’ve been on this new regimen for 3 months, and I’ve lost 22 pounds. That’s really helped to keep me motivated.
My next doctor visit is in October, and I expect it will go well. There is research showing that diabetes can be reversed — with regular exercise, adherence to diet, enough sleep, and keeping stress at a minimum. Oh, and some herbal supplements can help, too. I’ll keep you posted.
Let me also apologize in advance to my clients: I will probably be even more forthcoming with nutrition advice in the future.