Diabetes. I did not want to hear that diagnosis. It was already around me (family and friends) and I thought I’d escape it personally. Nope.
I was first diagnosed in 2015, but I was more pre-Diabetic than Diabetic according to everything I was ordered to review. Once my script ran out, I did not rush to refill it. I believed I could handle things on my own with diet and exercise. I did not plan for extended periods without more exercise due to pain, the depression- and stress-fueled binging, or the frequent ‘eff this’ days that led to fast food dinners.
The ‘yes, you have Type 2,’ was repeated in December 2016. I’ve been taking my meds, eating decently for the most part until this past March-April, and moving more when I can. I’m going back in sometime next month for an A1C test re-do and am not sure if I’ll be given the green light to stop meds. My fasting Glucose has been in the 140+ range for a couple of weeks now. I’m a little worried.
Yes, plant-based people can develop diseases like Diabetes and Hypertension. It happens. No, I will not go Paleo unless it’s completely plant-based. You heard me.
I have noticed that my Glucose jumps after TexMex restaurant meals, fattier meals. and when I eat at random times in general. I’ve also noticed that my pain flares are longer and have higher spikes. Yes, Diabetes can cause that. And my fat loss is currently at a standstill. Why? Pain. It always goes back to pain.
I don’t mean a general discomfort, Dr. Who-Thinks-I’m-Just-Lazy (yes, a former doc said this to me and she knew about my spinal issues). I am in pain. Pain that makes it difficult to even breathe sometimes.
I am trying to keep it positive, though. I have a dusted off my copy of Eat to Live and Happy Herbivore cookbooks, have few new cookbooks with oil-free and high nutrient recipes, and follow more blogs that feature the dietary guidelines I need to follow. I also registered for the 2018 Cooper River Bridge Run and ordered my shirt a size smaller than I wear now. Training begins now! Goals! My PLant-Fusion New Year is still in full-effect.
So, that’s what I’m up to now. Well, in addition to more appointments to figure out what exactly is ailing me. You know the drill – blood tests say this, but symptoms point to another thing.
Go with love, y’all. Always choose love. If you need me, I’ll be over here with a book, game, or napping. No telling.