I usually don’t hate. But man, whether I brought my glucose level (A1C) down or not, I STILL hate diabetes. Hate it, loathe it, despise it. People say “you can live with it”. Let me be the first to tell you, when you have it, it’s the ONLY thing you live with. There is nothing you can do, it is on your mind every single minute of every single day. You go to a party, you have to “watch yourself”. You go to a club you have to “watch yourself”. You go shopping you have to read labels and of course, “watch yourself”. If you want to go back to school you have to “watch yourself”, and be careful not to go back to “bad eating habits” (in my case, it wasn’t eating enough). Every meal has to be carefully planned. Every cut, injury, cold, ache and pain has to be “looked into”. Screw this disease.
Whether I eat right, lose weight, use sugar substitutes, sleep, talk, walk, breathe, I STILL have diabetes. With that having been said, let me bring up a few pointers:
ADA: American Dietetic Association (eatright.org) Corporate sponsors include: Aramark, Coca-cola, Pepsico, Hershey, and Mars; just to name a few.
ADA: American Diabetes Association: Endorses dietitians certified by above mentioned people.
(I find this disturbing)
Above and beyond all that, something no one hardly tells you: In order to effectively lose weight and keep it off, you must cut out sodium. The fact that you are counting calories and fat is great, but please read labels. The sodium content in most fat free products is astonishing. People should not consume more than 1500 mg per day. Some people get that amount in ONE MEAL!
I am battling this disease for reasons that are unknown to me, other than perhaps I should have eaten more than what I did, considering that is how I gained weight in the first place, (by eating once per day), and my mom was the lipton noodles and sauce queen, or the mac and cheese queen, love her to death, but that is what was made economical back then, and even still today. I struggle daily, but am here, and am succeeding in the battle. My life is way too precious to do anything other than succeed. So is yours.
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