Last April, I was diagnosed with adult onset diabetes. I started seeing an endocrinologist, testing my blood two hours after eating, and religiously recording food and blood sugar data in a journal.
I cut back on carbs and exercised by walking (I was recovering from back surgery to correct a herniated disk and annular tear). Each morning, I would get a drink at Starbucks and walk in downtown Los Altos. My route always took me past Alkalign. After two weeks of this routine, I went inside. I was scared. I had tried a gym before and hated it.
Erin was inside and answered all of my questions. She was so easy to talk to. She said something like: “This is a community. Everyone helps and encourages — like a family.” I really wanted to be a part of something.
One of the things Erin mentioned was Nourish. Given my struggle with diabetes, I was very interested. No program was starting soon, so Erin offered to meet with me one on one to talk about my nutrition. I left feeling very excited!
My teenage daughter also came to my meetings with Erin, and we followed her suggestions together. As in Nourish, we did an elimination challenge and stopped eating corn, gluten, sugar, dairy and soy for three weeks. The elimination diet seemed challenging, but I was already changing the way I ate and taking charge of my health. I wasn’t hesitant at all. I wanted to jump right in and so did my daughter.
Erin supported us every step of the way. She emailed recipes, tips, and foods to try. It really helped having her there to talk to or to ask for suggestions.
I loved doing it with my daughter and seeing results. During the elimination challenge, we felt better, had more energy, lost weight, and had fewer headaches and less bloating.
We reintroduced sugar first because it was Halloween time. I ate a piece of candy and felt OK. I then ate a couple of candy corns and felt sick. I decided I would eliminate sugar as much as possible but not freak out if I slipped up. I would just begin again. That’s what I’ve done, and my daughter has done the same. She’s maybe even stricter with herself. I’m really proud of her!
A few more things I learned:
- I don’t need those foods in my diet.
- Corn makes me bloated and have headaches.
- Soy and dairy just make me sick.
- I can have cheese on a pizza, but I have gluten-free pizza.
- I don’t have to be embarrassed or scared when I go to an exercise class.
Here is something about me I’m not proud of: I start things and don’t finish. But that didn’t happen here. I did the elimination challenge, and I’m still taking class at Alkalign. I also feel so good having done something to address my diabetes instead of feeling sorry for myself.
The really big news is that I’m no longer diabetic. My doctor said: “I can’t believe it. You don’t have diabetes anymore. You did it! I wish all my patients would do what you did.”
I actually feel blessed that I got diabetes. It gave me a reason to work on myself.
My health is pretty good now, but I still have things to work on. I know that diabetes won’t be in my future, but I hope that Erin and the Alkalign family will be. With that support, and my daughter’s, I will keep going for it.