Believe it or not there can a positive side to diabetes. When my husband was diagnosed with diabetes we both thought our lives would change drastically and not in a positive direction.
Dealing with Diabetes: Then I got to thinking about it. For years I’ve lead an active life but being postmenopausal I was finding that I had added a few extra pounds where I didn’t want them, and my husband could certainly do with losing a few himself.
He’s from the South and his favorite foods were definitely not mine, but rather than prepare two meals every night I I begun to eat a regular, unhealthy diet of too much fried food and definitely far too many carbohydrates. Fried chicken and mashed potatoes had to go.
It suddenly occurred to me one day that his diabetes was a chance for us both to get healthier and pursue a lot of activities we had never done before. It also gave me the opportunity to start eating the food that I much preferred – salads, fresh fruit, whole grain products and far fewer carbs.
My husband has type 2 diabetes but in the beginning he was forced to take insulin shots once, sometimes twice a day. I hated to see him sticking that needle in himself and one day after watching I threw open the fridge and food cupboard doors and started throwing things out. White pasta went to the garbage and various batter mixes that we used to fry with quickly followed. Sodas and sugary drinks were poured down the drain.
It suddenly occurred to me one day that his diabetes was a chance for us both to get healthier and pursue a lot of activities we had never done before.
I told him as much as I knew he wanted me to cook the way his mother did, the reason why both his parents and his five brothers and sisters all suffered from diabetes was because of the kind of food his mother used to cook. The truth hurts and I knew he was upset. Luckily he has the brains to know that I was right.
The next day I replaced processed white bread with whole grain bread. Whole wheat pasta was purchased along with lots of fresh fruit and vegetables. No more chips, no more doughnuts and definitely no more sugary cakes.
I won’t say he didn’t complain at first but after a few months his weight had gone down enough that he had to donate all his 38 inch waist pants and purchase size 34 instead. I went from a size 14 back down to an 11 which is the size I wore when I was a teenager!
Now instead of sitting in front of the television in the evenings we walk. We even visit many of the local national parks and enjoy walking on Florida’s beautiful beaches. We can walk for miles!
- The next day I replaced processed white bread with whole grain bread.
- Whole wheat pasta was purchased along with lots of fresh fruit and vegetables.
- No more chips, no more doughnuts and definitely no more sugary cakes.
He’s lucky to have excellent care by the VA, so he has regular checkups which include his eyes and feet which can become badly affected by diabetes. A year ago his doctor gave him some pills and told him to throw away all his insulin and hypodermic needles.
He still has to take an assortment of pills regularly and test his blood sugar at least once or twice a day but you see by his having diabetes our new eating and exercise habits has turned us both into fitter and healthier human beings.
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