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.
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.
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.