It has been many months since I updated the Raw Diabetic….and for a good reason. My health has been suffering and I’ve spent the past few months dedicated to finding the root of the problem.
Yesterday, I had the honor of being a guest speaker at a type 1 diabetes support group for kids.
I spoke to the kid’s parents for the first 45 minutes on my life growing up with diabetes, and the last 30 minutes speaking with the kids.
I became the most nervous when I began speaking with the youth. I wanted to be careful not to say anything too morose or bring up a topic they may be sensitive to. I recall being quite vulnerable in the beginning, and I wasn’t sure where each child’s path lay with the disease. I was quickly put at ease once the kids began to speak about their experiences in regards to their peer’s reactions to diabetes. These children were not only well spoken, but resilient and wise. I forget how much growing up you go through once you are diagnosed with diabetes. You immediately have to become that much more responsible for yourself and it really showed in these kids. Their attitudes on the disease were admirable and made me really wish I had cool diabetic friends like them as a kid.
It was an extremely rewarding experience. I’ve always enjoyed kids, and having something as monumental as diabetes to relate to creates that much more in the relationship. Perhaps volunteering with juvenile diabetic kids will be in my near future?
I neglected to update my blog due to my catching a nasty cough/congestion type illness.
Feeling incredibly run-down, I was also experiencing unpredictable blood sugar levels, regardless of eating my super healthy meals. When your body is harboring an infection, the liver’s storage of glucose secretes the glycogen to give your body extra energy to fight the sickness….well, since our pancreas isn’t tag teaming with the liver, our blood sugars soar. Any predictable regime you may have is completely thrown off.
It can get pretty depressing, especially after having such balanced levels for four months. I think my immune system was compromised after my trip, and considering I was around a lot of sick people (including my daughter), I naturally caught the promiscuous bug.
I am finally at the tail-end of recovery and feeling much better. My levels aren’t where I’d like them to be, but they have greatly improved from where they were a week ago. The reality of diabetes is that no matter how healthy you eat, sometimes there will be factors that are incredibly difficult to manage.
So, I just test often, and remind myself that I’m doing the best I can.
I recently posted a short paragraph about my blog and raw food experiences on a diabetes forum I belong to (TuDiabetes) to spread the word on my surprising progress. My goal was to get my blog out there, so that anyone that might be interested in this lifestyle might be able to gain some perspective, support and new ideas that specifically cater to their situation.
Before I began this journey, I was desperate for any kind of information regarding this diet AND juvenile diabetes. Most of what I found was for type 2 diabetes or the general public looking for weight loss and overall health. Unfortunately, there is very little out there for people in my scenario. I had found a couple you tube videos (also type 1 diabetics) that inspired me enough to try the raw diet (just for a week I told myself…haha) and I’m forever grateful that those people put themselves out there!
Well, after I made the post on TuDiabetes, I surprisingly received many negative (and sometimes just mean) comments on my new lifestyle. Not all of them were discouraging, but the bulk of them were quite pessimistic. Most of the gripe was surrounded around my use of the word “healing.” As some of you may know, it can be very frustrating and off-putting when you read claims of type 1 diabetes being cured. As someone who has had the disease for almost 20 years, I can completely empathize. My choice of wording was the main culprit, but I still felt depressed by some of the comments, considering I’ve always come to this forum for support.
I avoided responding at first, and felt silly for how sad the comments were allowing me to become.
Today is a new day, however, and I realized that I can’t let negativity affect me, especially when I have accomplished so much!
To many, this lifestyle is very extreme…and in some ways it can be. I feel it most when I go out to eat with friends….But I will say it helps my indecisive trait when there are only a couple of things on the menu to choose from!
So I responded to the post as best as I possibly could, and I am choosing to remain positive and happy, because that’s what this lifestyle has provided me, and I’m never ever looking back!
Here is the link to the aforementioned posting, in case you’re interested: http://www.tudiabetes.org/forum/topics/raw-vegan-diet-healing-t1