You may have started out like me. Eight years ago next month it was a diagnosis with the number 330. Got some glucophage, changed my diet, and in a month it was 103. A few years later, a few different additional pills later, it was time for the needle. One shot a day turned in to 4. We changed some pills around and got it to one shot a day. It's been fine. A1c about 6.5 or 7. Life is good.
Meet my chiropractor and nutrition freak of 10 years, Dr. Todd Narson. He's got this 21-day purification program.
No, it's not a "juicing" diet. It's some shakes, lots of vegetables and fruit for 10 days, and then we add in some chicken and fish and when it's over, we, on our own, decide how to live our lives. Todd is my dear friend, and he never asked me to do the program. He doesn't know I'm writing this post. I'm not getting a dime off the next program he sells to a friend of mine.
The primary goal is not weight loss, although that obviously comes with it (down 8 pounds in 10 days). The goal is detoxification. As Dr. Todd tells me "your body is not set up to digest certain foods."
So this post is about as salesy as it gets.
I've been on this program for 11 days, and 7 days ago stopped taking my 30 units a day of insulin. I also reduced my nightly amaryl pill by half.
My morning blood sugars have been numbers like 86, 95, 101, 105, 126, 95, and 112.
Obviously it's because of reduced food intake and the things I am not eating - but the important point is that one year ago my doctor was hinting at an insulin pump, and in the last week I've realized that I can control my diabetes with food and exercise.
I feel better, I am thinking clearer, I am sleeping better.
I don't crave the typical things that Dr. Todd is concerned about - coffee, sweets, and my beloved wine. I wasn't a daily coffee drinker, didn't eat sweets that much, and am not an alcoholic. I do miss bread and chips, but I can tell you that when this is over, I will be much more focused on eating well and eating crap as an occasional treat. I'm really enjoying trolling the farmers markets and loitering in the produce section at Whole Foods. Getting re-introduced to fruits and vegetables is a lot of fun.
Today I begin re-introducing chicken and fish and we'll see what happens to my blood sugar levels. If I have to start taking some insulin again, that's fine, but to know that a type II diabetic CAN regulate blood sugar with serious changes in diet, is something I hope you think about.
This program is not easy. The first day or two is really tough, and can be tougher if your body needs more time to detox. Then it gets easier. When you start feeling better, losing weight, reducing medication (if you can do that) it makes it that much easier.
This isn't for everyone, but if you have been contemplating whether you can make serious changes that will affect your life for the better - consider this program.
You can also do some things yourself, like stop eating shit and exercise a little.
Whatever you do, you should definitely check with your doctor first*
*I didn't do that because I am arrogant and will tell him what I did when I feel like it, right now I'm enjoying life, and the numbers show that.
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