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Diabetes and good foods, what you can do
This topic is very personal to me and I want to explain how this journey began, and why it is important in my life. I also want to help you find the best information so that you make good choices for your life. Diabetes and good foods can be a crazy hunt for affordable foods that do not taste like tree bark and have little carbs and no sugar.
Waking up to painful muscle cramps in the middle of the night was not something I had ever experienced before at any time during my life.
And these cramps were so painful that it frightened me.
I grew up and played sports year-round, worked very physical labor jobs, and took my health for granted without worrying about things like muscle cramps.
After all, I was thin, ate as I pleased, always had perfect blood pressure, and never gained a pound. (don’t hate)
I never had a gut or any issues with being overweight, which makes it seem a bit odd that I would suddenly be so worried about my health, right?
If a few cramps in my calves were all I was dealing with, I would consider myself lucky, but there was more.
- Numbness in toes
- and fingers, especially in cold air.
The tips of my fingers would turn white, and at times my entire foot would go numb.
- And then my eyes began to burn, and I could hardly look at a computer screen.
Ignoring slight symptoms for a long time was easy, but when they all came at once and with much more severity, I could not ignore them anymore.
Procrastination & Indifference
I knew what was happening, and it was something I had put off for years, but now, I had to deal with it if I wanted to continue to have a life.
Honestly, I had no idea who I should listen to, but I knew that mainstream doctors and big pharmaceutical companies did not have my best interest in mind or were simply too conditioned and programmed to go with the flow.
I knew I had lived a lifetime of eating anything I wanted, drinking Dr.Pepper like it was water, and somehow thinking I had escaped the consequences of it all.
Also, I Developed A taste for sugar and a habit of never looking at the labels of things that I bought or ate.
Even though I sometimes overheard coworkers or friends talking about the carbs they consumed, which to me, was a foreign concept, I never gave it serious thought.
When it all hit me so hard out nowhere, I knew that I had to do something immediately.
But, to be honest, I had no idea what that would be.
Nothing to Play Around With
So I started reading any information I could find on my condition and watching videos on diabetes.
Thank God He always comes through for me, as I found the answer to my prayers when I saw this doctor on YouTube.
He not only educated me on the facts of what it was and what I should do right away, but it was evident that this doctor marched to the beat of a different drum.
The doctor I am going to introduce you to is a man that lives in my former home state and city, Nashville, Tennessee.
This doctor has been treating diabetes for over twenty years daily and has a real passion for educating the world for what he has learned.
Watch This Video!
If you or someone you know, have or may have diabetes type one or type two, then you need to watch this video as it could make all the difference in how you view and treat this horrible medical condition.
I hope you took the time to watch the video.
So Now What?
So here is an even bigger issue for me and possibly for others out there who are discovering similar problems with their once-perfect health.
Not only did I have to remove all of the sugar from my diet, but nearly all of the carbs in my diet.
That knowledge alone came close to giving me a heart attack. And on top of that, I thought Keto was a form of Karate.
There was no time to taper down or ease my way into a new way of life, I had to act immediately, and change what I was eating and drinking.
And I know what you must be thinking, just go to the doctor.
Well, I had just recently been laid off from my job of five years due to plant closure, and I no longer had the insurance I paid a fortune for during my employment.
Nope, I am going to sink or swim based on what I learn and how I apply it.
This will either be the last blog or the first in a series of how I beat this monster and cheated dismemberment and death.
As I looked through the cabinets and refrigerator, there was almost nothing that I could eat. I had a couple of can goods, some water, and a bunch of food I could no longer eat.
So, I thought no big deal. I can just find me a list of what I can eat and run to the grocery store and get some food.
What was I thinking? The grocery store looked just like my kitchen at home. Lots of food and nothing I could eat. Maybe I can learn to fly as well.
For the love of Pete, can we not agree on the time of day in this country?
I had bounced around from one article to the next, one opinion to the next, and one disappointment to the next.
Trying to find out what was available and scrounge up enough knowledge about affordable foods to keep eating. Was I asking too much?
And what makes it all so difficult to bear, is that I am the pickiest eater you have ever met.
So here I am, a skinny man, a picky eater, and someone who knows very little about food, frantically reading all of these blogs and advertisements which are talking about losing weight or buying some product.
What I need is to stay alive and keep my fingers and toes. And I need to find the info quickly while I can still see.
When I can find something edible, it requires a co-signer and a massive downpayment to be able to afford it. And that’s just the snacks. It was becoming clear that for me, diabetes and good food may end up closer to diabetes and enough food to stay alive if I could find any.
Seriously, I am amazed at the meals that you can order and have delivered to your home, and this service is something I am going to be testing out the moment I hit the lottery.
And wouldn’t you know it, the one kind, the only kind, the absolute ONLY type of chocolate I do not like is, you guessed it, dark chocolate.
It makes me so happy when I think about this is “Keto admissable” substitution for real, rich, creamy, ok- enough! Because you are likely to have never had my Aunt Peggy`s world-famous fudge, you cannot possibly know the depths of my sorrow. I may never again eat this manna from heaven.
I am being punished.
In Reality, I am Very Thankful
So, I will be putting as much useful information here in the coming days as I can.
There is no choice when faced with the possibility of losing your vision and health.
While I was already going to the gym, that has little to do with my condition.
The cause: Eating sugar and garbage combined with drinking cokes all the time, my own doing.
However, I plan to overcome this and inform others how they can too.
Southern disclaimer: Every soft drink is a “coke” in the south. Dr. Pepper, Sprite, Coke, is all a coke. We keep it simple.
Some Good Foods That I Can Still Eat:
Fish – Salmon is good along with many others. I like tilapia but because most of it comes from China and they have been known to feed dead animals to the fish, I am now looking elsewhere.
Chicken – Chicken is great and easy to find. Grilled or baked is what I stay with and are great additions to my daily salad.
Beef – I still get the lean ground beef because the greasy stuff does not work for me.
Salad – Iceberg lettuce does just fine and I have found that the organic ranch dressing tastes just as good to me as the regular.
Peanut Butter – My saving grace! (must check the labels and stay away from the name brands that are filled with garbage, and any that have high sugar added)
Blackberries – I love them and used to pick and eat them when I lived in North Carolina. ( It takes a few to fill a person up, but a good healthy keto snack none-the-less.
Cheese – I love cheese!
Water – It is all I drink now and if you have high blood sugar or high A1c levels you should never drink another carb or look at sugar- run away that way you will still have your legs to run in a few years.
Eggs- This is my other saving food that keeps me alive. I love eggs so it is not a sacrifice to eat them. However, changing up from fried egg to scrambled helps the monotony of eating them every day.
Chilli – You may have to hunt to find one not packed with carbs and sugar but they do exist.
There are many foods out there that are organic whole foods that I have not tried. Again, I am very picky and cannot stomach much from the list of allowed vegetables.
One of my favorite all-time foods was tomato soup. There are recipes for keto-friendly versions but I have not yet tried them. It was such a pure simple meal, geez!
Best of luck and I will post more as I learn and discover this new life of eating the way I should and eating KETO.
Check out this post at Neatfreaker.com for more: Is the Keto Diet Safe?
Thank you for reading
Please leave your comments below (or maybe some food)
Never Give Up
April 13, 2020
Just a quick update on my personal experience with diabetes. Through fasting and expanding the amount of time between my last meal of the day and my first of the following day. I have been able to reduce the amount of swelling in my feet and the pain associated with it in less than one month.
I am confident that fasting, along with eating foods with low carbs and sugar is the key to reversing this horrible condition that I am determined to overcome.