Hello, my name is Shannon and I am a T2 Diabetic. As anyone with Diabetes knows, it is a life sentence. Yes, we often take medications and are more careful of our diet, all things in moderation you know. The problem I had was that even on medication and a low fat diet, high in “heart healthy whole grains”, I became progressively worse. I gained a lot of weight and my diabetes made friends with hypertension, elevated cholesterol, and GERD. With them came more prescriptions in addition to the metformin, glipizide, and starlix I was taking for my diabetes.
Once upon a time, in April of 2011, I got a wake-up call from the NP at my doctor’s office while going over labs. She set me to task, fighting my Diabetes one bite at a time. In doing so, I’ve ended up having to deal with some pesky side effects like lower blood sugar, lowered triglycerides, weight loss, and I exercise now.
I’m not on a “diet”, my diet (the food that I consume) is for the most part whole foods like meats, fish, eggs, cream, cheese, butter, leafy green vegetables, cruciferous vegetables, squashes, fruits like tomato, avocado, berries, and some melons. Sugar in all forms still impacts my Type 2 Diabetes (I’m not cured, only in remission as long as I keep fighting with each bite), so honey, agave, and cane are a no-go and some processed things like splenda are still in my pantry. (I’m not skerd of artificial sweeteners, so any argument is pointless)
In my journey, I’ve learned to question everything. I’ve also learned that each and every one of us are unique individuals, one size does not fit all in terms of Type 2 Diabetes or weight loss. I’ve also learned that the scale is a fickle old hag, and best viewed with an open mind.
There were many folks along my journey who helped me via inspiration, information, or support. Every day I am thankful to the ones who walked the path before me, and hope that I can pay it forward by sharing my journey. If nothing else, I hope to make you, the reader, think prior to just accepting this or that in regards to “healthy”.
There is so much information out there, we owe it to ourselves to become better educated when it comes to what healthy is. We owe it to ourselves to become better patients, to do everything we can to be healthy on our own, not simply become enraged when we find that our doctors are not magicians, they really can only help those of us who help themselves.