Let’s get to the basics of why you are reading this post. You have logged on to BoundForHealth.com, a web page dedicated to better health. You have made the commitment to or are contemplating taking a more self- managed approach to your health. You do not want to be dependent upon medications to manage your diabetes. Type II diabetes is reversible thru dietary changes and exercise. I was diagnosed as Glucose Intolerant some 15 years ago. I chose the conservative path of modifying my diet, exercise and periodic checks of my blood sugar.
Was I successful? Not particularly.
However, it was not until I joined Progressive Health’s inaugural “Cure Diabetes” Study Group that I began to realize just how Type II diabetes had been affecting my life. Muscle soreness, weight swings, neuropathy in my feet, painful joints, good days and not so good days, etc. Sound familiar? We humans are great at adapting and adjusting to changes in our environments. This is both the good news and the bad. However, coping with a bad situation and learning to live with it, is not my preferred path!
So, what changed? The short answer is my diet and my general approach to eating and life. I am committed to taking a more active role in managing my health. Since November 21, 2016, I have been following a vegan approach to my diet, coupled with my normal exercise. When I joined the study group, I had Type II diabetes. I had been using one of the newer diabetic medications for about a year with little to no effect. Working with Dr. Donahue, I stopped my medication during week 2 of the study. Now, let’s fast-forward to the 3 month results. I dropped about twelve pounds in the official study period and my A1C dropped to 6.4. I have moved from the “diabetic” category to “non-diabetic”. I call this success.
However, it is what has come with it that is really motivating.
Gone are the muscle soreness, neuropathy in my feet and the joint pain.
Life is good, and I just feel better. I credit the elimination of animal proteins from my diet and adherence to a vegan diet to my success.
If you choose to follow the path I have chosen, do not be lulled into a false security that the results of the initial sprint into a vegan diet can have. Yes, you may lose weight, your cholesterol may drop, your blood sugars will most undoubtedly be reduced and you may reduce your medications. These are all positive results, but they are not the ultimate result.
The ultimate result is the reversal of your diabetes.
Let there be no doubt, a life-style change is hard work and it is a marathon, not a sprint. There will be ups and downs and daily challenges as we all work to achieve a more healthy life. Follow my posts and I will share my experiences and learnings as I continue with my marathon. Look for future posts that will address new challenges and many of the challenges that I have already experienced and my approach to them. These will include such challenges as grocery shopping, cooking and travel.