Transitioning

Well, almost a week has passed since I heard those three words.

I’ve been making adjustments and getting my shit together where and when needed. Over the course of last week I started removing animal products, oils, processed foods and anything too sugary (chocolate bars, cake, candy etc).

I put together a simple document on excel to keep track of daily supplements (most from my naturopath and some my choice- and I will make a separate post about that soon), as well as my daily exercise. I wasn’t consistent the past few months with any kind of supplements and never really ever took any sort of vitamins in the past so this is a big help in keeping me on track and organized. Besides the food this has been one of the biggest adjustments for me.

I have been walking every day – some days 25-30 minutes some days 45 minutes and beyond. My doctor says to aim for 45-60 minutes so that is always the goal. I couldn’t even walk around the block last year so I do feel an improvement in this area. Hopefully with a little hard work, focus and consistency my stamina and strength continues to improve. I will also be adding some upper body workouts with small weights to the mix.

As I said before, I have been eliminating animal products and oils as per Eat to Live (Dr.Furhman) nutrarian princples. I have been increasing the greens, veggies, fruits, beans and seeds. As I’ve said before (and if you have followed my previous blogs…I have tried things like low carb, keto and even “everything in moderation” and unfortunately that hasn’t quite cut it for me. I have come along way from my binge eating days – this is true – but I still have a long road to travel down as far as weight loss and health is concerned. Plant based eating at least 90 percent of the time just makes the most sense to me from everything I have researched and studied. I need to fill my body with ALL the nutrients and hopefully bring down my sugar levels and inflammation in the body.

I have to get my thoughts and mindset straight and advocate for myself and my health. I just have to “do the things”…take the supplements, go for the walks, eat the big salads, make good food choices, get lots of outside time to improve Vitamin D levels, follow through when I say I’m gonna follow through, bring stress levels down and really practice mindfulness this Summer and beyond. I dub this Summer “The Summer of Healing”. I have a good feeling about this! Nothing snaps you back to reality like a doctor telling you that you have diabetes! Despite the binge eating days being behind me and making better food choices and exercising more it still doesn’t change the reality that I have diabetes and I’m still obese. I hate that word but in reality that is the correct term.

In the past I have went along with other peoples choices to be a good friend, a good wife, good company (food choices, sitting on the couch instead of going for that walk etc) putting my health at risk to make them happy or to be low maintenance as to not inconvenience those around me. I have probably been a bad influence myself at times to friends and family, falling pray to the cravings of junk food. It goes both ways.

For months I read all of the plant based books, followed the plant based bloggers, heard and watched their inspirational stories of healing and thought/wished that could be me. I wasted a lot of time when I could have put forth energy into my own journey. But I have to say good bye to that complacent and content to let life pass by Jocelyn. Good bye to the people pleaser. I will now be putting myself as a priority. My health is more important than the approval or judgement of those around me. If it bothers them that I’m making these life style changes then that’s none of my business.

Over the next 6 weeks or so I will be following a plant based, whole foods, low in fat (but not all fat) diet. As long as I make the goal to try to make good choices (fruits veggies, seeds, nuts, small amount of grains) each day and to avoid animal products, oils and processed foods then I can’t go wrong! I will loosely be following a mixture of Dr. Furhmans Eat to Live “nutriarian” lifestyle. I have been reading and re reading his “Eat to Live” book and I have it highlighted and at the ready at all times to refer back to. I will also be adding some of Medical Mediums amazing healing protocols into the mix. I love his book Liver Rescue and Life Changing Foods. Definitely gives you lots to think about!

I will be updating at the end of each of the 6 weeks with what I ate, how I’m feeling, sugar levels, detox symptoms, stress levels, body shots, weight loss (hopefully) and anything else that is going on in my crazy life! Overall this is the place where I will be intimately sharing my life style change and weight loss journey. I hope some of you will be able to follow along on this journey with me. At one point I was sharing about how my somewhat high stress child hood and upbringing contributed a great deal to my current health issues and mindset that I am living with today. That might be somewhat still true but I refuse to let my past define me. I had yet to make this connection while I was writing about my turbulent past. The connection being that it’s now time to be the care taker I needed when I was little, in my teens and even throughout my 20s. It’s time to be my own cheerleader and be in my own corner day in and day out. It’s time to break the cycle and unhealthy patterns I fell into again and again and again. It starts and ends with me. Simple as that. I am responsible for my thoughts, actions, behaviours and daily choices – nobody else has any influence over that. Ultimately this is what will see me through.

“You Have Diabetes”

Well… yesterday June 19th 2019, I received a call later on in the afternoon from my doctors office wondering if I could come in that evening to discuss the results from my first blood test. The first blood test I have had in over 12 years.

I thought to myself “geeze, I was scheduled to come in, in a months time, I wonder what could be wrong??” I had several thoughts going through my mind….but I guess I was in complete denial because I really didn’t expect to hear these three words...”you have diabetes”

Lets rewind a bit.

For so long I thought I had autoimmune issues and I chalked my struggle with weight/health issues to previous thyroid issues. I know I had been diagnosed hypothyroid when I was younger but really had not been on top of or in the loop as far as what was going on inside my body for the past 10-12 years.

Who knows how long my sugar levels have been crazy out of control but it explains SO MUCH. It’s not like this couldn’t have been a possibility either. My dad has had type two diabetes for quite some time. I guess I was just in complete denial. So the doctor says “well the good news is, you are not autoimmune but your thyroid IS a bit sluggish due to extreme low Vitamin D and vitamin B12 levels and the bad news is you are diabetic”.

Now…let’s go back to the diabetes. Like I said, It shouldn’t be a complete shock. Why? Lets see…my dad has type two diabetes, my grandpa and several other family members also had it. Plus, my past with chronic binge eating really REALLY shitty processed foods for years and years, binging and restricting, yo-yo dieting and lack of exercise, high stress levels, chronic yeast infections, candida overgrowth, skin disturbances, PCOS and the list goes on plus well hey…I’m OBESE (so says my BMI) so theres that for connecting the dots. I guess I have just been in complete denial that this all really could be from unregulated sugar issues. And I could blame my past trauma and all the shit I have experienced but lets get one thing straight – I have created this right now in my adult life. I have been an adult for 15 years. I could have turned things around instead of blaming everything on my past….but I didn’t. I had not been taking proper care of myself for most of my adult life and the ownership is completely on me.

My fasting A1C was just over 10. She asked me if I wanted to see my family doctor about this issue to discuss medications OR with a glimmer of hope in her eye….”did I want to work with her for 3-6 months to turn these numbers around and hopefully avoid conventional medications completely?”. Well, me being the shape shifter/rebel/black sheep of the family definitely took the latter. She mentioned that she had worked with plenty of folks who had much higher numbers and that slowly but surely things got turned around for the better.

So…issues I am dealing with so says my blood and the lab: Diabetes, PCOS, Slightly hypothyroid, Vitamin D Deficient (extreme) Vitamin B12 Deficient, Sluggish GallBladder function, clogged up Liver and high inflammation throughout the body.

YIKES.

I knew it was bad, don’t get me wrong. You don’t create a blog called intuitively healing (kinda having that knowing that things have gone wacky in the body and following gut instincts to finally get things checked) without having anything wrong with you…. but THIS…this is bad. The doctor said we will try to bring my vitamin levels up over the Summer as that should help with my thyroid numbers. As it is right now I do not need thyroid medication (yet) So that was a relief to hear after the first diagnosis.

But now is not the time to dwell on the diagnosis or that word “diabetes”. End the dramatics, Jocelyn. It’s now time to put in the work. No more studying, researching, looking at different food plans or dreaming about future results or what could be if I really put in the time and effort. It’s time to just go balls to the wall and get shit done.

From here on out I will be following several plant based protocols (mixing and matching the ones that feel good ) for… at the bare minimum….July, August and September, when I will then get all levels re-tested by blood.

A few of the “protocols” (hate that word lol) books, and/or doctors I have been following and learning from include but not limited too;

Anthony Williams “The Medical Medium” who has a long list of amazing books including Liver Rescue and Life changing foods – he promotes a low fat, plant based lifestyle for restoring health.

Eat to Live by Dr Joel Fuhrman – who promotes a whole foods, plant based “nutrarian” lifestyle.

And

The Starch Solution by Dr John Mcdougall who promotes a plant based, whole foods lifestyle where your meals are built around starchy (but still whole food, plant based) foods.

These are my top three. They all have their own slight ways to tackle disease, diabetes and obesity but the commonalty is still there; following a low in fat, plant based, whole foods, lifestyle.

Food+Stress+Lifestyle choices got me into this mess and it will be those very things that get me OUT of this mess. I will NOT be following the traditional low carb high fat plan as I have tried that in the past and it just did NOT work for me. All signs are pointing to PLANTS for optimal healing.

I will be sharing lots of updates along the way. Thanks for joining me on this crazy journey we call life.