I am NOT a doctor, dietician or expert. Do I know everything there is to know about diabetes? Heck no, but I do know what it’s like to live with it.
Wednesday, January 7, 2015
That isn’t me.
There’s a guy who says he
controls his type 2 diabetes by shunning trans fats and eating a handful of
walnuts every day. Good for him. That isn’t me.
Some people with diabetes swear
that adding cinnamon to their daily lives helps them to maintain healthier
blood glucose readings. Bravo! That isn’t me.
A lot of PWD maintain that they
can eat anything they want, in moderation, and still control their diabetes.
Lucky ducks. That isn’t me.
If you believe the media hype,
type 2 diabetes can “go away” if you only do this, that or something else. That
isn’t true for me.
Whole grains are healthy and
should be part of everyone’s diet. That doesn’t work for me.
There are people who say,
loudly, that diabetes is easy to control, that the lifestyle changes that are
necessary aren’t difficult, that it’s a breeze. That isn’t me nor have I found
that to be true.
So-called experts and PWD who
have “seen the light” will happily tell you how you’re doing it wrong and that
they know the way. That isn’t me.
There are so many morbidly obese
people in our society and some people feel that it’s their own fault and that
is what causes type 2 diabetes. That isn’t me.
Some people only do what their
doctor tells them they should be doing without researching on their own or
questioning a health plan that might not work for them. That definitely isn’t
What IS me?
I’m someone who has made drastic
changes to my lifestyle over many years.
I’m someone who doesn’t “do it
right” all the time. In fact, I’m someone who “does it wrong” more than I’d
like to admit.
I’m someone who has very
specific ideas on how people should be eating to maintain health and am leaning
heavily toward the idea that food can be medicine.
I’m someone who won’t cram those
ideas down anyone’s throat, although I may talk about them here. It is my blog,
I’m someone who has grand ideas
but doesn’t always know how to make those ideas reality.
I’m someone who aches for people
with diabetes and wishes that it wasn’t so hard.
I’m normal, mostly. I’m nothing
special, except to my family. I’m a person with diabetes who is tired of
reading all the misinformation, myths and contradicting information that can be
found online and in publications. I’m tired of the media and companies preying
on people who need help.
Mostly, I’m tired of the medical
society lumping all people with diabetes into one big bunch, thinking that one
way; one food plan; one method will work for us all. I call bullshit.
Everyone is unique. Everyone
lives their lives the way that works best for them. What makes anyone think
that, just because we have diabetes, we should all be doing the same thing to
control the beast? We’re individuals whether we have diabetes or not.
If I could have just one wish
for 2015 (that didn’t involve a cure) it would be that people with diabetes
would pay attention, take action and learn the best way to control their
diabetes. I wish for a more informed, proactive community of people who are
living wonderful lives, despite their diabetes.