I have heard from several newly diagnosed Type 2’s recently. Each one seems to have a slightly different way of trying to fight the disease; they are working to find what works for them and it’s a time of trial and error. One thing I have noticed, though. is that for some, Diabetes seems to be considered a punishment of some sort.
Having Type 2 Diabetes is not a crime. It really isn’t. And, the treatment to control it is not a punishment. But, I have found some folks think it is because they can ‘no longer eat the good food.” Well, eating is important for survival, but if you’re anything like me, I was eating way more than I needed to survive, and eating foods that, well, were not foods – they were more like chemical concoctions. Have you ever eaten anything from a convenience store? Sound familiar?
One of the first things most newly diagnosed Diabetics do is to try and change what they eat; they change their diet. That’s a great step, but one that is difficult for some at the start. I understand. And, because it’s difficult there are those who give themselves kind of a free day a week. In fact, I have read several articles in the last few months about ‘celebrity Diabetics’ who do just that. They have a day a week in which they can have small portions of the kinds of things they like…like ice cream or french fires or a similar food that is either fat or sugar laden.
One day during the week during which you can indulge a little. Okay, I understand that. Being on a diet is kind of restrictive in the beginning. And, you are missing foods. So, why not have a bit of this and that one day a week? What can it hurt? You want that milk shake soooooo bad. But a small taste on one day, can lead to a bigger taste on the next day, etc. The effect being that you don’t control Diabetes when it’s completely within your power to do so.
Now, there are some folks who can handle having just a little of this or that from the beginning. But, there are others, like me, who just have to leave the foods we liked in the rear view mirror as we begin our fight to control Diabetes. Sure, you want them the first few weeks, but after that the desire for those foods diminishes. You no longer really want the hamburger, fries and jumbo Coke. It gets easier and easier to say no. Really.
“Eating crappy food isn’t a reward — it’s a punishment.”
― Drew Carey
And, you know what else happens? You begin to lose weight which makes it easier to control Diabetes. Your War On Diabetes becomes easier to fight! It’s kind of a wonderful circular event. Control what you eat. Exercise just a bit. Weight is lost. Take your meds as prescribed. And, what happens? Your Diabetes is controlled!
The first priority for any newly diagnosed Type 2 should be to control glucose…control the disease. It can be done and you can do it. You can control your Diabetes. It’s a disease, not a crime, and the treatment is not a punishment, but is incredibly empowering as you are successful. Control your Diabetes; win your War On Diabetes…and you can do anything!
As always, thank you for reading.