Do you ever feel so frustrated with type 2 diabetes that you are willing to impair your health for food you love?
I hear diabetics react with the following comments:
“I’m not giving up potatoes and bread. I’m taking my meds”
“I want to enjoy my life, not eat rabbit food”
“I’m not going to let food rule my life”
It’s important to understand why diabetics have these feelings about food. Fear. Yes, fear.
- Fear of losing normalcy within your life
- Fear of giving in to a chronic disease
- Fear of eliminating tasty food
- Fear that healthy foods don’t taste good
- Fear that healthy foods aren’t fun
- Fear that healthy foods will segregate you from others that aren’t diabetic
- Fear of becoming a “health nut”
- Fear of change
My personal goal was to eliminate drugs and insulin. The following reflects my feelings about food as a type 2 diabetic:
- Normalcy of consuming processed foods and beverages brought on type 2 diabetes; that’s the chain of normalcy I wanted to eliminate.
- I decided, if I was to do what I’ve always done, I was giving in to type 2 diabetes.
- I learned that my favorite fast food didn’t taste so good after I improved my health; it was salty and greasy.
- I could finally taste the sweetness of strawberries that I couldn’t taste for years. Organic beef and poultry made my recipes tastier than ever.
- It took a little time, but I learned how to create healthy food and snacks that are fun and enjoyable, ask my grandkids.
- My new perspective on food has positively impacted those around me; others are now evaluating their own eating habits. I gained respect from those around me, not criticism.
- If becoming a health nut keeps me away from drugs, hospitals and doctors, then I’m OK with that. I want people to visit me at a social event not at the hospital.
- Change is good in every aspect of our lives. If it wasn’t for change, I would still be medicated, looking toward an unhealthy retirement.
So, in the end, I have always let food rule my life; it was either unhealthy food marching me into type 2 diabetes or, now, healing foods that reversed the effects of diabetes. Food rules!
For those that are brave for a little change. I have posted recipes on my website. Feel free to go ReverseMyDiabetes.net/blog. For detailed information on how I made healthy changes without resentment, along with a couple of recipes, order your copy of, The Virgin Diabetic, Reverse the Effects of Type 2 Diabetes, Reduce Medication, and Improve Your Glucose Levels.