How to Avoid the Vicious Circle (or Escape From It) Now
Diabetes and all that leads to it is a vicious circle.
And sadly, most people don’t care. Or don’t want to see the doctor. Or make changes. Even if they feel some symptoms.
“But it’s not that bad,” they tell themselves. But…No!
It’s an addiction. Like crack cocaine!
(At least for most, who are fighting type 2 diabetes.)
Most people remain in denial until they’re so far into this whirlpool that it’s more difficult to escape. When they’d give anything to have their life back.
“I’m not lazy. I’m just exhausted from fighting my way through every single day,” says one diabetic.
But why am I writing about diabetes here?
Not just because it’s Diabetes Awareness Month. And not just because it affects my family or friends. It’s really because…
Of course, you should always consult your doctor first with any medical issue. Yet massage is such a great help to diabetics and people on the road to diabetes.
To get out of this horrible situation, you have to know how this vicious cycle works.
You’re hungry. But probably not for some high-fiber unsweetened oatmeal. Yuck!
No, you crave soda pop, orange juice, chocolate cake, potato chips, mashed potatoes or even yogurt.
Mmm. Anything sugary or something your body can easily change into sugar.
Not all the time, but if you’re headed down the diabetic road, you probably crave these things far more than you realize.
Then you give into your craving.
Sugar powers your brain more than any other body part, so you’re flying high.
But only for a moment.
You’re saturated with sugar. Not only did you fall for the standard American diet…you ate the Standard American Portion.
In a desperate attempt to quell the rising organ-destroying tide of sugar, your body releases the antedote to this poisonous level of sugar – insulin.
Finally, relief for your body! All the excess sugar’s gone!
You’re body’s happy, but you’re not. No, you’re in withdrawal. The sugar’s gone and your brain (the tiny evil voice over your shoulder) whispers “gimme more!”
To complete the sad cycle, you’re back in front of that donut or bagel you vowed to avoid.
Round and round you go. And where it stops, we all know.
Maybe doom-and-gloom makes you laugh. Or puts you off. But you recognize the ring of truth here.
The non-addict, truth-accepting part of you knows.
There’s only so much insulin your body can make. There’s only so much time before your body cells get covered with a type of fat that prevents them from absorbing sugar.
Leading to the completely miserable life. Full of needles, exhaustion, nausea. And if not stopped then… kidney failure, heart failure, strokes. And then the grave.
“Aw, you’re just trying to scare people!”
Good! A real friend will tell you what you need to hear, right?
How do you get off this runaway train?
First you have to know how far down this path you are.
Let’s do a quick quiz. Add up the points at the end.
And the one with the most points…loses? No! If you learn how bad it is and decide to take action, you win!
And don’t worry. I’m not going to ask you to measure your waist. (Although that might add to your determination to do something.)
But let’s get started.
Are you a man or woman?
If you’re a man, give yourself a point. Men are slightly more at risk for diabetes. Some feel this is because men are less likely to see their doctor regularly. So their diabetes goes undiagnosed.
Does your mother, father, brother or sister have diabetes?
If you do, give yourself another point. A family history of diabetes adds to your risk.
Have you ever been diagnosed with high blood pressure?
Yes? Give yourself another point. This raises your risk for diabetes too.
How old are you?
If you’re over 40, give yourself another point. If you’re over 50, give yourself one more point. Sure, diabetes doesn’t wait to pounce on you when you have birthdays with a zero in them. But overall, the statistics say with these ages comes added risk.
Are you physically active, exercising at least 30 minutes a day, either at work or play?
If no, give yourself another point. Being inactive increases your risk.
In the chart below, find your height and look across that row to find the column with your weight. Which area are you in? (0, 1, 2 or 3)
Add this number of points to your score. Having a body mass index in the overweight, obese or extremely obese categories adds to diabetes risk.
How many points did you add up?
Out of 9 possible points, how many do you have?
What you do with this number is up to you.
If you find out that you have a much higher chance that your life will be miserable…without making some changes…what will you do?
But whatever you do, don’t avoid the doctor because you’re out of money or scared of needles!
Get tested for diabetes. And by all means, look for a good doctor.
One visit to a good doctor can change your life so much for the better!
Speaking of doctors, there are a few that really can help you get away from diabetes for good.
In his book “The End of Diabetes”, Joel Fuhrman, M.D., mentions a few key things.
Change your fats. Don’t eat the processed stuff. Get your fat from nuts and flaxseed. Not the marble on steak. Even limit “healthy” olive oil. It’s processed.
Eat three small, super-healthy meals a day.
Small meals means you eat just enough for your body to get what it needs. Healthy means you’re getting the vitamins and minerals. And the enzymes from live (uncooked) food.
Get enough good stuff in your body and get rid of enough bad stuff and you break free from diabetes!
With breakfast, for example, you can easily make your own milk with a small handful of almonds and a few cups water in the blender. Add this to unsweetened, old-fashioned oatmeal. (Yeah, I know.)
And add some ground flaxseed. (Yeah I know…like super colon-blow, right?)
Then add some cinnamon, which is great for helping manage blood sugar.
And finally you can add a half cup of blueberries (in small doses these are good for diabetics) and/or a chopped up apple (another good fruit for diabetics.)
Want some nuts with that? Fine. Add a few walnuts.
For lunch, have a big green salad. Use avocado in your salad. Avoid dressings with oil. Have some beans with your lunch. And a piece of fruit.
For dinner, have some brown (not white) rice or hulled barley. Make a veggie stir fry or veggie soup. Limit your salt though!
And don’t snack. Go hungry between meals.
Tough? Remember, nothing tastes like health feels!
Only when you’re not digesting food can your body get rid of the stuff that makes you diabetic.
But work closely with your doctor to make sure you don’t have a low sugar incident.
The day you start eating this way, your body will need less insulin – but it will need some.
If you inject insulin, make sure you have a good doctor who can help you get this right!
The first few days you do this, expect to feel cruddy. You will.
But if you stick with it, you’ll get to the other side and feel amazing.
Yeah, all of this is super tough. So get ready for it.
Write down and daily look at your reasons why. Write down what you’re going to do to celebrate your victories along the way.
Get rid of the food in the kitchen that’s killing you. (Or at least get a shelf of the fridge that’s just for you.)
Get rid of limiting beliefs and replace them with what frees you.
For example, food is not just a feel-good crutch or a social thing. It’s fuel for a great life.
The better you take care of yourself, the better life you’ll have!
Are you ready to get out of the vicious circle?
If you’ve read this far, you’re one of the few who do – not the many who just talk!
How can I help? Call me at 303-920-2350 with any questions, concerns or to find out how massage can make life better for you.
by Sarah Shropshire
LMT, Essential Oil Consultant and Business Owner