A little less than a year ago I was a 52 year old, hypertensive, type II diabetic. Although my high blood pressure was well controlled with two antihypertensive medications, my blood sugar had been creeping higher and higher. Despite taking another two medications for my diabetes, my fasting blood sugars were averaging in the 130′s and 140′s. I thought the dreaded insulin syringe, my father’s scourge, was in my future.
I’m a Nurse Practitioner. I knew my life expectancy was seven years less because of my diabetes than it would otherwise be. Just because of diabetes I had the same risk of having a heart attack as someone who had already had one heart attack. As a male, 5’8″ and 170 lbs I didn’t really look fat. My BMI just made it into the overweight range. I almost never ate concentrated sweets. I jogged about five miles, three times a week. It seemed kind of unfair.
On the other hand, I pigged out on pizza, steaks and pasta. More and more I would find myself eating until I was so full I was uncomfortable. I was starting to realize I was not in control of my diet and, in a sense, my life.
I never even tried to go on a diet because I simply could not tolerate being hungry. If losing weight meant being hungry, it just would never happen. I was stuck. But there was a bright spot. My daughter Samantha is vegan. She introduced me to excellent vegan food, allowing me to experience the complexity and variety of plant based foods, which just blows away anything that comes from an animal. Hmm… Then she introduced me to my first green smoothie. That did it! I knew right away that I could enjoy that taste every day. And since that day that’s exactly what I’ve done, every day.
Interestingly, the green smoothies made it possible for me to become vegan. I simply didn’t need the starches and the fat to feel satisfied! I found GetRealGetRaw and other web sites and books. I started doing the research and learning the things that we medical professionals don’t learn in school. I came to realize that carbohydrates in the form of bread and pasta are addictive-the more you eat, the more you want. They are so nutrient poor that you have to get stuffed to feel satisfied.
The fruits, and especially the leafy greens in my smoothie satisfied my body’s nutrient needs, eliminating my carb craving. Also, my tastes changed. Instead of craving animal fat and pasta, now it’s freshness that turns me on. It’s hard to describe the sensation of freshness. You know it when you experience it.
At first I was skeptical when I began to hear claims that diabetes could be reversed by a raw diet, although I saw the logic of a raw diet for diabetes. One of the most important keys to reversing diabetes is to eliminate anything made from flour from your diet. My research showed that a raw diet is probably the best one for diabetes.
But I also adopted this diet because it tasted good and made me feel good. And I started to lose weight without trying. As a vegan, approximately 50% raw, I lost about 1-2 pounds per week. I never experienced any of the detox symptoms that some people have described.
I decided to set a weight goal of 145 lbs. I reached that goal after about five months. But well before that I was able to get off all four of my medications for the first time in the six years since my diagnosis. Losing 25 pounds was great, but reversing diabetes and hypertension, that’s priceless.
With fasting blood sugars in the 90′s and a systolic blood pressure around 110 I’m doing far better than I ever did on medications. I haven’t been at this weight since my early twenties.
I’m amazed when I think how I created my own illness over a period of thirty years, over the course of my whole life, really. Despite my training, or perhaps because of it, I blamed my illness on my genes. I wasn’t that fat, I didn’t eat sweets and I exercised vigorously. What else could it be? Yeah, right.
Now I like to think I’m earning back at least a few years of healthy life expectancy. It feels good, really good!
Keep it up Lisa. Spread the word. You and Samantha helped me change my life, and I thank you both with all my heart.