In this video, I tell a story about a procedure I had years ago, gone bad. It was a procedure that I mistakenly assumed was simple. This (one of many experiences I had) has changed (to a large extent) how I relate to doctors today. I really do apologize for my video being long this week. However, I think it’s worth it because, it’s one of the very few direct examples of why we need second, third, and fourth opinions. It also illustrates that having all these procedures done to our bodies, doesn’t mean things will come out perfect. Think twice before any professional performs any medical procedure, especially if they do not specialize in that particular area. One of many hard lessons I learned. Please note, this video is not about blowin up a physician’s spot, but I do need to make people aware.
What sort of changes have you made since your diagnosis? How long did it take for you to get used to your new regimen? You know, we should know by now there is no such thing as a “diabetic diet”; however, I guess in some ways knowing this can make a newly diagnosed person even more confused, in terms of trying to figure out what to eat once they’ve learned he/she is diabetic.
Right off the bat, without knowing any technicalities about the contents of food & it’s relationship to diabetes, we know that eating less, portion control, in addition to staying active has always been the key. Regardless as to what type of diabetes you have; or what triggered your diabetes. Whether you are Black, White, Jewish, Asian, etc, not one sole on this planet has genetic immunity to diabetes. Which reminds me (before diabetes became an epidemic), I’ve actually met an individual years ago, who actually said to me “We Jewish people don’t get diabetes because we eat kosher”. Well, I just rolled my eyes. LOL. I can assure you, not only do Jewish diabetics exist (both type 1 & 2), but I’ve had the pleasure of meeting a couple of Orthodox Jews who are diabetic. If your not out here socializing in the diabetic communities you’d never see this.
Guys, seriously, I don’t mean to get off track, but, even if your one of those people that still think that only a particular race/ethnicity gets certain illnesses (like blacks only get type 2 diabetes); all I can say to respond is, LOOK AROUND YOU!! I mean seriously look at people around you. Today we have more interracial relationships than we’ve ever had before. Those interracial relationships eventually become interracial parents, who will then eventually have interracial children. You seriously don’t think that at any point in time genetic material will not possibly be passed on? Hello? Is the light on in the neighbor’s house? Hmmm, maybe the biggest change that needs to happen first, is this labeling people love to do when it comes to diabetes?
Once my diabetes was made official, I wasted no time in learning all there was to learn. Later on realizing I was loosing my sight, it made it even more difficult and scary. Looking back in retrospect, there were so many influences that try to make you buy exercise equipment (for example) that “works”, equipment that most of us don’t have room for. We’ve so quickly forgotten about all the other healthy exercise we can do without equipment, and free. Like walking! So many under estimate it’s power. I’m not kidding guys, most of you already have smart phones. Learn how to use the GPS feature of your phone. It’s a lot of fun walking to new places. Take a different train route, ride it for a couple of stops, and use your GPS to walk your way home. It’s a lot of fun. This winter really put a damper on my walking exercise. However, as soon as it starts getting warm again, the disco will be pumping in my ear once again, and away I go. LOL.
We all get those nasty sugar cravings every once in a while. It is ok for a diabetic to enjoy a treat once in a while, so long you don’t over do it. People always trying to find that one “magic diet”, sorry but girrrrl there is none! To be perfectly honest, the key is to try NOT to be glutenous. Point blank. If you keep giving yourself several insulin shots 4 hours after your meal, that’s a clue you’ve probably ate to much (or your insulin needs to be adjusted).
What I like to do is, find the smallest package of “naughty treats” possible. For example, if I have a taste for donuts, I try and look for the small tiny pack rather than a box; then you can also share it with your friends, family members, children, etc, so your not tempted to eat more than you should. I also like to eat “naughty treats” with tea. Speaking for myself, if I eat a small amount of a “naughty treat” SLOWLY along with any warm liquid, such as tea, I am much more satisfied and don’t have a need to over indulge on additional portions.
Another major change I’ve made was to cut down on rice and pasta. I had absolutely no idea how those to things effected my blood sugar until I became diabetic. This sometimes can be a pain sometimes, because if you order out, here in NYC they usually pile so much rice on your plate it’s not even funny.
Some of you may cringe when I say this but…. What has helped me also is, learning to throw food away. When I was young, we were taught never to waste food; so as an adult it became difficult changing the way I thought in terms of diabetes. We are always tempted to finish all of our meals even if the portions are too much; largely because we don’t want to waste our money. However, as I diabetic, I found it many times to be necessary when ordering out. Ok, I’ve written too much already.. LOL What changes have YOU made since your diagnosis?
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