Thursday, August 8, 2013
365 Days of Healthy Changes
As a young adult, I have encountered several health issues. For years, I dealt with weight struggles that seemed to have no end. In 2004, I was diagnosed with Type I diabetes (insulin-dependent) and hyperthyroidism. I have also had a hard time with psoriasis and other issues. My naturopathic doctor has nicknamed me "the autoimmune queen." The challenges of these conditions accumulated over the years up until the point where I decided to make lasting changes.
On July 31st last year, I decided I no longer wanted to feel bad anymore and I would do everything in my power to change that. With the help of a naturopathic doctor, I began a process of elimination in my diet. I immediately removed all of the WHEAT/GLUTEN, DAIRY, ARTIFICIAL SWEETENERS, REFINED SUGARS, PEANUTS, WHITE POTATOES, HIGHLY REFINED GRAINS, HIGH GLYCEMIC FRUITS like oranges, grapes, and bananas, or DRIED SWEETENED FRUITS/FRUIT JUICES, and PROCESSED FOODS in general. When possible, I would buy fruits and vegetables that were ORGANIC and NON-GMO. When I could afford to, I would try to purchase meats and poultry that were ORGANIC, GRASSFED, FREE RANGE, or CAGE-FREE. I also tried my best to be mindful about the origins of certain fish, usually looking for WILD-CAUGHT or FARMED, but being careful about contamination. I paid more attention to my meal times and the amount of starches with each meal as well as many other details.
Today, one year later, I am 65 lbs. lighter than I was. My HbA1C (measure of blood sugar control over the past 3 months or so) has gone down from 8.9% in May 2012 to 6.6% in July 2013. My other numbers have been coming down too. I have been working on getting into more activity now and becoming more comfortable working out with diabetes. I continue to learn about health, foods, the body, the mind, and knowledge of sustenance. I am inspired by Indigenous food philosophies, the year long cycle of food, and Haudnosaunee spiritual practice and sustenance. I love to cook and think of new meal ideas and inspirations. Though the past several years have had their share of pain and ill health, I am very thankful I have found the path I am on. I hope my story and blog brings you some hope, comfort, or happiness too. Nya:weh.