Staying positive

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:


4 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Kati on February 28, 2011 at 5:30 pm

    I recently attended a presentation on a raw food diet, it wasn’t vegan but was 100% organic. It seemed like such a great idea and I was so interested to see if the doctor presenting had encountered results of those with diabetes on the diet. Its great to see you are trying something similar and I’ll definitely be following! Don’t let those on TuDiabetes discourage you, I find that site helpful sometimes, yet harmful other times (some just always seem so negative). If it works for you, thats awesome 😀


    • Posted by justbyjen on March 7, 2011 at 8:09 pm

      Hi Kati- Thanks for the kind words!
      Not everyone can agree on diet when it comes to diabetes, but I hope that those that find a particular interest in raw vegan or even just adding more healthy dishes to their diet will find my blog helpful.
      I’ve kind of avoided TuDiabetes a bit since the post, but maybe I’ll go back eventually. 🙂


  2. Posted by mytypeonelife on March 15, 2011 at 6:59 pm

    This is fascinating to me. I am experimenting with a low glycemic load Mediterranean diet right now with success, but I am always open to a different lifestyle diet if my “caveman” diet doesn’t control my BG as well as I would like. Your posts are great!


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