HEALTH FROM THE INSIDE OUT

My body seems to hate me. My pancreas is a bit of an arsehole (I’m diabetic), my cholesterol hasn’t got the memo about where I need it to be, it would appear that my gut has more issues than a Jeremy Kyle guest (suspected IBS), I need to lose weight (I have PCOS and a metabolism that has been sleeping since 1995) and other fun stuff. I’ll not be beaten though.

Clearly my body is somewhat lackadaisical in the behaviour department. I’ve been on a diet pretty much constantly since I was 18yr old (mostly swinging between SW and WW) with some success. In recent years a mixture of boredom and these plans just not suiting my somewhat unique situation has meant that progress has ground to a halt. I was diagnosed as type 2 diabetic last year after years on Metformin as a pre-diabetic and thankfully have a brilliantly supportive health team.  

Seeing what I eat and how hard I’ve been trying to lose weight and deal with my various health issues, my fab health team are confident that I’m doing all that I can. As what I’m doing hasn’t been particularly successful in terms of managing my diabetes and losing weight I’m cranking things up a bit. I’ve adopted a lower carb / Meditteranean-type diet, and have even started looking at including aloe vera juice (there is evidence that it helps with blood glucose, cholesterol and gut health so I’m giving it a go) and yesterday ate Freekah for the first time (which I’m pronouncing freaky because it sounds good).

Will it help, will it not? There’s only one way to find out. Thankfully it doesn’t taste vile so that’s a bonus!

Cutting out all processed food and snack foods (I’ve not eaten either for years), avoiding bread and being strictly dairy-free (gut issues), not drinking alcohol, not having a sweet tooth and eating basic home-cooked, nutritious meals constantly (in sensible portions) would, you would think do the trick. It hasn’t and isn’t and I can’t afford to be complacent. 

So…

I take your healthy balanced diet and increased activity levels and raise you a concerted effort to boost health from the inside out, taking any (sensible) options that are available to me. If that means trying new things (no faddy, juice plus, artificial nonsense thank you), I’m game.

Here’s hoping that my next diabetic review (end of June) shows some good results! I’m six pounds lighter in a month since my last review so here’s hoping these changes make a difference.

Any recipes, nutritious foods or sensible suggestions are most welcome. 

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4 comments / Add your comment below

  1. Well done on the weight loss and good luck on your journey to good health. I am pre-diabetic and after researching online, I found I have every single symptom that indicates a fatty liver. I have been trying a ketogenic diet and intermittent fasting it is working really well for me. If you want to see some You Tube stuff about this I recommend Dr Eric Berg, Dr Jason Fung, and Go Keto With Casey. xxx

  2. Hello!
    I have tried fasting in the past and it made me quite unwell sadly and have been told not to go there. I’m favouring a low carb rather than no carb (we need carbs for fuel etc) but will look closer at keto, and will watch those videos this evening.
    I’ve signed up for a testing programme via diabetes.co.uk. The NHS doesn’t routinely offer non-insulin dependent type- 2 diabetics testing, however, my metformin has been upped for the final time (2000mg a day!) so seeing as the next step is injection I’m going to use that alongside other diet changing to try and reduce my blood glucose.
    I wouldn’t mind but I’m so good in the diet stakes! Hey ho, there are many others worse off so yes, I will look closer at keto and thank you so much for commenting and the recommendation. I’m glad it seems to be working out for you x

    1. Let me know what you think of the keto videos. Just to clarify, when I fast I mean I miss out breakfast and try to eat only from about 12 noon until 8pm. It’s easy for me as I’ve never been an early riser or a breakfast eater. For others this might not work.

      1. I will do! I never used to be a breakfast person (unless you count a gallon of coffee) however I need to take tablets with food (for a few years now) so would miss it! I’m looking forward to the keto videos, thanks again x

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