Diabetes: A Blessing or Nuisance?

Everyone can agree that we all should eat healthier. We know what we eat, we know we shouldn’t have that piece of chocolate, or that yummy cinnamon roll dripping with glaze … but, you don’t splurge that often, do you?

It all looks good, and it is all good … the smells, the food itself all looks good.

desserts get me into trouble

Yes, it does, all of that deliciousness … until you find your rebelling.

Three years ago, I was diagnosed. Of course, it was not a surprise, I had been hypoglycemic for a long time and got lazy with my diet again. Even though it wasn’t a surprise, it was very disappointing.

Why was it disappointing? Because of all the yummy foods I would not be able to eat anymore. I love food, I love to cook it, I love to look at it and I love to eat it.

What about you? Do you love the smells, taste, texture, look of different foods?

So, for the past 3 years, I have watched pretty carefully what I eat, but I became lazy at checking my blood sugar. I started checking it again about 5 months ago and it was pretty high.

I thought I had a good handle on my diet, no medications, I do not like medicine. But, I couldn’t get it back down. I agreed with my husband to go to the doctor and he talked me into the medicine.

The medicine made me sick and I was only taking 1/2 dose, for 3 months this went on. Then, on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day, I indulged a little too much and became very, very sick.

That became a game-changer for me, I do not want to be that sick again.

Diabetes is really not something you want to ignore. It is not called the “sleeping sickness” for nothing.

It’s now been a month, I feel better, but complex carbohydrates are not my friend anymore. I’ve lost weight because I have to be so careful.

What are the symptoms?

These were mine:

  • Excessive thirst
  • Excessive urination
  • Retaining fluid
  • Tired, especially after eating
  • Vision problems

So, is diabetes a blessing or a nuisance?

A nuisance in the beginning, the diabetes now is a blessing because I know that I have abused and misused my own body, a body that God created carefully and with much love.  I did this, nobody else. God is giving me time, understanding and help to reverse this.

I guess you could say I was a glutton. But, I wouldn’t listen.  Of course, it’s not fair that some people can eat everything and anything and not have issues, well, at least we may not see them.

Of course, I take herbs to help combat the illness and they work good.  Such as Bitter Melon, Cinnamon, Blessed Thistle and Garlic Oil.  These help me so much with the diabetes, and I also take others for the menopause as well as and herbal tinctures.

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What are the steps to minimize the risk of diabetes?

  1.  Eat more fresh vegetables and fruits
  2.  Eat less complex carbohydrates
    1. Such as cakes, desserts, any prepared foods
  3.  Indulge less on sweets
  4.  Avoid all fried foods
  5.  Avoid all soft drinks, even diet drinks
  6.  Increase exercise
  7.  Increase water intake – a lot of water
  8.  Eat at regular intervals throughout the day – every 2-3 hours
  9.  Think about the emotional relationship you have with food, everyone has some kind of connection
  10.  Pray, pray, pray and ask God for help and strength

What are your tips to keeping fit, eating right? Or, are you currently facing or approaching the diabetes train?

We must join together to help each other, to encourage each other to take better care of ourselves.  Why? There are children watching and learning, there are loved ones who want to spend time with us.

Let’s eat right and take care of ourselves.

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