It has been quite a while since my last post and for those of you patiently waiting for the follow-up to Judy’s story, I haven’t forgotten about you! I promise I have not been idle; on the contrary, I’ve undertaken an all-consuming task of changing careers! I’ll be sharing some exciting news right here very shortly so stay tuned!
Now, in her own words, I will let Judy continue telling her story …..
“I promised to keep you posted so here we are. This is not the success story that I would like to be writing but it is my reality, and perhaps there are other diabetics reading this that can relate to my story.
At my doctor’s appointment in May 2017, my A1c dropped from 9 to 8. That was an improvement from the previous month, but not as big an improvement as I had hoped for. I was actually really disappointed. I was secretly hoping to be in the 6.0 range. Admittedly, I am impatient, and my expectations may have been high, but I thought the dietary changes I had made over the 30 days between appointments would produce better results. I had started doing my own research during that time and I read many stories about other diabetics actually reversing their diabetes in a matter of weeks, so I guess I had set myself up for expecting better results.
I continue to learn about this disease and discovered that dietary fat causes insulin resistance in diabetics and the hidden fats in some of the foods I had been eating may have affected my A1c levels. Breads and some processed foods in particular are high in fat and gone from my diet now. I even avoid certain high fat whole foods such as avocados, nuts and seeds in an effort to reduce my overall fat intake. Armed with this new knowledge about the role that dietary fat plays in diabetes, I have become more conscientious about my food choices every single day. It’s still a challenge. Knowledge isn’t enough. I know that I need to be more diligent with planning and prepping whole food plant-based (WFPB) meals so that I don’t find myself making food choices out of convenience or necessity. And I am working on that. I am actually quite excited about it. But it isn’t always easy.
I am learning to accept that slow changes and learning about the factors contributing to my diabetes bit by bit is what is allowing me to make positive changes for the long-term. I have really enjoyed the learning curve that has come with my WFPB transformation so far and Carol has been a huge support and sounding board as I continue my journey. Helping me look at low fat options and reworking recipes that contain oils to oil free has been a huge help. My favourite thing so far is having several oil free salad dressings that are so quick and easy! I am also building a repertoire of healthy WFPB meals that my family actually approves of!
Finally, to other diabetics reading this, I would say that the key to improving your health and trying to come off medications is to celebrate each small success, and stay the course. Just don’t give up.
I celebrate the small successes I have had to date and I accept that reversing diabetes is going to be neither a quick nor linear process for me. I look at the full point drop in my A1c in 1 month and see the success that is there. I am extremely grateful to Carol for helping me stay the course this month, for her practical guidance while making dietary changes and for introducing me to the idea that diabetes is a food-born illness in the first place. She has inspired me to take charge of my health in a way my doctor never could. Next blood work is coming at the end of August. I will keep you posted”.
The photo of Carol and I above was taken on a trip to the Badlands, when I visited Alberta 6 years ago.
The photo above is Carol and I, taken in Mexico last month.