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