You’ve just been told by your doctor you have prediabetes. You’ve left his office armed with all the tools traditional medicine has to offer you. You have your test kit with your lancets so you can prick your finger twice a day and draw blood, your glucose meter and very likely a prescription for a drug like Metformin.
Maybe this diagnosis explains why you’re fatigued all the time or why you’re suddenly drinking so much water or even why that cut on your foot just won’t heal. It could explain a host of other symptoms too like your blurry vision. You get home and get on the innerwebs to find out more about prediabetes.
You read a whole lot of information, and now you’re truly terrified. According to what you’re reading, there’s a world of hurt coming down the pike in your life, and you don’t know what to do. You feel confused, and your fear of prediabetes has you in a tailspin. What’s in store for you could include heart disease, stroke, amputation of limbs, eventual loss of your eyesight and much, much more.
Did your doctor give you any guidance beyond the prescription and the testing materials? Maybe you were sent to meet with a dietician and were given a diet to follow. I know when I was diagnosed with hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) years ago, I was given a diet to follow by a dietician at a leading Boston hospital. Knowing what I now have learned about eating to be healthy, it was a terrible diet filled with food I would never eat now; food that was not in my best interest to include in what I put on my plate.
They may have told you to move more, to get some exercise. If you’ve been sedentary, and if you feel so tired because of your prediabetes, how do you even begin to turn that one around?
There is Hope!
Take heart; with all the fear and uncertainty, there are answers for you beyond the testing kit and the prescription pad. Answers I’ve used to help my husband and others pull themselves back from a diagnosis of prediabetes and eventually say “no” to the prescription pad and the test meter. They were able to get off the bobsled to the nightmare that diabetes can become, and they did it with food and with moving; maybe slowly on both counts in the beginning, but they were able to do it over time.
How do you begin? The very simple answer is you begin by reducing the inflammation in your body. What? I can hear you saying, “What does inflammation have to do with anything I’m dealing with now?” The answer is it has everything to do with it and frankly with most of your ills. You can begin today to take steps to turn your diagnosis around by changing how you eat. Once you’ve taken steps to do that, the odds are you will begin to feel better and will have more energy so you can actually face moving a bit more. Maybe slowly at first, but you can do this!
You may have been advised to cut sugar out of your diet. Unfortunately, it’s not that simple. It’s not just sugar that amps up your glucose, and it’s not that easy to cut out sugar. Emotionally and practically, it’s not that easy. First of all, sugar is in just about everything you can buy in a box or a package. You’ll have a very challenging time finding an ingredient list on that package or box of food that doesn’t contain some type of sugar. And by the way, there are more than sixty names of the sugar they put in “food”. You can get the list on my website here. ThinStrongHealthy.com
How Do You Begin?
So, how do you begin? The simplest answer I can give you in this article is to begin by choosing whole foods over processed foods. What does that mean? What exactly is a whole food? In the simplest terminology, and that’s always a good place to begin, a whole food is a food without an ingredient label. It’s a cucumber, an apple or an orange, it’s a head of lettuce or a bag of arugula. It’s broccoli, cauliflower or a piece of fish or chicken.
I can also tell you what it’s not. It’s not a drive through meal, and it’s not a can of soda. You can keep it simple, and it doesn’t have to mean you’re in the kitchen cooking 24/7. Simple and easy are good. When you adopt this way of eating, you will begin to lose weight without trying another diet, you’ll have more energy, normalize your blood glucose readings, and how would you feel if you simply got your life back?
It is possible. I’ve seen it happen, and I’ve helped people do it. Don’t give up hope on yourself or on your life! If you feel you need guidance, I invite you to pick up my course on how to “Crack Your Sugar Habit”. It will help you fill in the blanks with answers to your questions about sugar and will get you headed in the right direction, making changes that may save your life.
Helping You Achieve Major Wellness!
Cheryl A Major, CNWC
I’m author, health coach, and entrepreneur Cheryl A Major, and I would love to connect with you! If you’re new to the world of creating better health, both mental and physical for yourself, please check out my training on how to get gluten out of your diet. Becoming Gluten Free Me is where to check it out. Learn how gluten affects us and how to go about reducing or eliminating it from your diet. You don’t have to suffer with Celiac Disease to benefit from getting gluten out of your life!
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P.P.S. If you’d like to read more from someone I was able to help turn this prediabetes thing around, please take a look at “In Pursuit of Healthy-Ness: How I Reinvented My Life with Intermittent Fasting” by Connie Ragen Green. I was privileged to play a part in helping Connie achieve her recovery from the brink of prediabetes. If you’re one of the many facing prediabetes and the eventual diagnosis of diabetes, you can read her miraculous story in her latest book: https://amzn.to/3zkYocv