This fine Saturday night I find myself enjoying the newest Bill Bryson book (One Summer: America, 1927) and bubbling in a nice, hot, cortisol lowering bath and I’m reflecting on the fact that it’s been almost two months since I received my” insulin resistance” diagnosis. And, I’d be lying if I reported that it has been anything less that a daily struggle.
As I learn more and more about insulin resistance, I’ve certainly figured out what it takes to be on the winning side of controlling my sugar and carb cravings. It really is all about food choices. Exercise certainly helps, but straying from a low-glycemic diet causes me to be moody, tired, grumpy, sleepy and gain back any weight I’ve taken off during the days that I am a “good girl.”
On days that I think I have failed so badly and want to give up, I remind myself that even on a day where I fall off the wagon—overall, I feel so much better. All of those symptoms—and, even the weight gain—are nothing compared to how crappy and sick I felt when I didn’t know about eating low-glycemic. So, I do my best to pick myself back up and eat better the next day versus going a on bender for weeks.
I’m sharing this because I know there are millions of women out there struggling with the same issues. I see you as I travel around the country, walk down my street, I sit next to you in church. We and our muffin top bellies and puffy faces are starting each other in the face. We are not alone. You are not alone.
Heidi reminds me that I should feel lucky because not everyone has the information I have about my body. And, it’s true. I am lucky. You can do the same. Take the time to go to the doctor and get your hormone and insulin levels checked.
I will continue to fight the good fight against sugar and high glycemic carbs. That good fight will hopefully save me from developing full-blown diabetes. That is my goal. I don’t want diabetes and I’m committed to doing the right things—and, if I can’t on any given day—I will start again tomorrow. You do the same. I think we can do it!
If you need tools for success, Pinterest is awesome. Just type “low-glycemic” into the search section. Resources are abundant, not to mention thousands and thousands of great recipes.
As we launch into a new week, I just want to say—good luck and keep fighting!