It has been far too long since I have written on here. I’ve been in a place where I have had about 30 balls in the air and wasn’t able to share about them all. It has taken me a month or so to even be able to verbalize most of it. So what have I been doing the last few months?
Well out with the bad news first, I got diagnosed with diabetes. Yes, I’m overweight. Yes, it runs in my family. Yes, I felt the diagnosis was coming. I knew it was lurking around the corner, but I figured I had time. Time for what I don’t know, because I wasn’t able to make lifestyle changes that would last. I’m 34 and have been on just about every diet you can imagine. I have tried to do workout plans and they last about 30 days. I mean in high school I was an athlete, but somehow I let it get away. This past summer I heard about a book called “The Blood Sugar Solution” by Dr. Mark Hyman. I thought it would be an interesting read since all of my immediate family, except my mom, have diabetes. It causes for some very drastic changes to diet and lifestyle in general. My family wasn’t up for the changes… yet! Fast forward to December, where I go in for my yearly physical. I get the bloodwork done, but I keep checking online to see what the numbers say. The week before Christmas I see that my numbers are no good. So I am super, super careful during Christmas and New Years with very few sweets and only a little carbs, and only if it is whole wheat. Well my next bloodwork showed great improvement, but not enough. I am a diabetic. Just over the line from pre-diabetes, but over the line. That is when my husband has buy in. I guess he likes me and wants to keep me around or something. Five weeks ago we jump headlong into a 6 week detox with no sweetener, no grains, no fruit, no caffeine, no dairy. OH MY! Let’s just say I didn’t realize how much my body would crave all that for the first week. I had headaches and was just blah! Once I came out from that fog it has been clear sailing and I feel great! We are 1 week from the end of the detox and I think the only changes we’re going to make are adding back in fruit and natural sweeteners like honey or maple syrup. We are very happy grainless. My husband had issues with acid reflux that were unsolvable, even on a very healthy diet. Today he feels great. No acid medicine before bed each night and no tums throughout the day. So this crazy diet that was supposed to change my life has changed his as well. We are each down almost 15 pounds! I’m going to need a shopping spree soon, I’m sure cause these clothes just won’t fit me much longer! I still don’t have crazy amounts of time to exercise so I am walking around the neighborhood each morning. I see lots of the kids get on the school bus as I circle around and around. Nothing crazy, just consistent. I’m still homeschooling and doing my training for Bowenwork and now cooking meals completely from scratch every night with meats and veggies only.
My husband has even now joined me in the kitchen. Sunday he peeled and cut about 10lbs of carrots and he enjoys making our very own beef jerky. All the other beef jerky had some sweetener or wheat or something. So he has taken it into his own hands! We have taken news that can be life-changing in a bad way and turned it into an opportunity. We are taking this opportunity to get ourselves healthy. It just so happens that it all fell on the first of the year, so on the outside people may think we’re just those New Years Resolutions folk, but this is something we’re not giving up! Hopefully I’ll be able to share new recipes or encouragement for any of you who want to go down this road with us. I’ll share when I can get a moment of brain power and the computer at the same time.