My Diabetes Journey
For the month of February, I wanted to focus more on my health and wellness journey. In this post, I will be sharing something very dear to me, my Diabetes journey. Diabetes is often a sensitive subject, and I have seen it be the butt of many jokes. But it is a very serious health condition and can end up being fatal if not treated properly.
I have a family history of Diabetes. I remember growing up, my mom would always warn me about keeping my weight down and eating certain foods to not trigger this condition. I wish I had listened to her. Diabetes is no joke. It is difficult to deal with, and lucky for me, I caught it early on enough to where I can manage it by diet and exercise. But that won’t always be the case.
I found out I had Diabetes type 2 in April 2015. I had just gotten out of a horrible relationship. I had consumed double my weight in fast food through the length of the relationship. I was constantly dizzy, could barely walk without breathing heavily, and ate everything in sight out of boredom and emotional pain. I went to the doctor because I had a constant thirst, and was always going to the bathroom.
There was no way that could be healthy. After my bloodwork came back, I received a message from my doctor saying I had Diabetes. She said that she would classify it as Type 2 and that I should have to take medication if I didn’t get my weight down.
Getting this news was incredibly disheartening. At first, I blamed it on my awful relationship and my ex’s horrible behavior. But then I realized that I had an eating problem since I was 8 years old. I was an emotional eater; I still am. I could only blame the emotional weight I put on food. After learning that my grandpa had the same diagnosis, and had managed it for years, I decided that I would try my best to not have to rely on the medication.
How I Changed
So I changed my lifestyle. I stopped eating out. I went to a nutritionist and changed what I ate, and how much I ate. I love sugary treats, so this had always been my hardest change. I had to limit my sugars to less than 10g, in anything I ate. That is not an easy thing to do! I had to swap that cookie, I so desperately craved, for a sugar-free snack.
I can tell you that I have been successful in managing it. I have also learned a lot about beneficial health routines. My journey will not be over for quite some time, as Diabetes doesn’t really go away. But I will continue to use all my determination and drive to keep it in line.
What I Learned
One thing I have learned from this journey so far is that I can never give up. If I have a goal in mind, I have to be willing to do all I can to achieve it. If I try hard enough, it will eventually turn into a lifestyle. I will always have to be super conscientious about what I eat and how I eat it. But I have lately been researching different food lifestyles, and the Paleo diet is currently my number one thing to try in the next year.
For more information on how to change your lifestyle to be more healthy check out my post on creating a better health and wellness routine
Do you know someone who has been working hard to manage a health condition? Leave a comment below.