News Update My Health Journey

I promised to give a more detailed update on the search for answers with diabetes and nutrients. 

Over a year ago, maybe even closer to a year and a half ago, I had gotten sick. I was tired all the time and felt like I was in a fog. At the time, I was dealing with my thyroid medicine being seriously off, which was also causing major health problems. I had lost my thyroid several years back to Hashimoto’s disease. 

Because of the weird tiredness, my Doctor ran some more lab work, and that is when I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, closing in on type 1. That scared me because I watched my father die from diabetic complications. He suffered for years before he died. 

My Doctor told me because my father was a diabetic that I would be diabetic for the rest of my life, I told him I was not in agreement, and I set out to prove it to myself. I have never been big on the whole genetic argument.  

I was placed on medication and told to monitor my sugar levels at home, and then in a few months, I would have regular labs done to get a bigger overall picture. 

I had asked for diet information; I knew I would need to change how I was eating. I was very concerned when I was told by the Dr their office didn’t have any diet information or any recommendations and told me to go online to the American Diabetes Association and follow the meal plans there.

I went home and began researching meal plans for the American Diabetes Association. I was dumbfounded when I saw what they were recommending to someone who had diabetes. It was the same stuff my dad ate. 

These foods I was already eating, some in larger quantities than others. I ask myself, what am I missing? What am I not understanding? 

Because my situation was so dire and I had no medical help in this area, and no time to do more research that would bring me results now, I came up with a quick, easy diet plan to get me by.

I stuck to eating celery with a little bit of peanut butter with a few raisins. I drank a lot of chicken broth and ate meats and some cheeses. The celery was what I ate the most. I drank a lot of water, plus, I started exercising 20 to 30 minutes at least once a day and sometimes twice every day for stress management.

I checked my sugar levels after each meal to see how my body was responding. In a little over three months, my levels returned to normal. My doctors were speechless, yet still insisting I needed to stay on medication- Ugggg.

After my levels returned to normal, I knew I could not remain eating what I was, and I needed to add more foods. I started reintroducing foods and closely monitoring my sugar to see how my body was responding. 

Everything was going along fine, so I gave the testing a break- my fingers get sore after a while. One day, I noticed I was feeling sick again, so I checked my sugar levels, and sure enough, the levels were beginning to climb, only now a new element came into the picture, high blood pressure.

My Doctor gave me medicine for the blood pressure and tried to get me on cholesterol medicine, which was not needed as well as pushing me to keep taking diabetic medicine. What a mess!

I took the high blood pressure medicine and monitored it carefully at home. I didn’t see a real big difference and stopped taking it. I have issues with prescription drugs and almost died from taking them. I am not big on taking anything that is not needed, and my dr knows this, and she does not respect it, but she is aware of it.

OK, so here I am. Sick with high blood pressure and borderline diabetic and climbing. Because I whole heartily believe in asking God/Universe/Source Energy what is going on. I know I will get that truth if I am willing to stay out of my emotions, listen, and watch. 

During this same time, my husband was very sick also. He had to have numerous tests to start eliminating problems. I had noticed when my husband ate carbohydrates; his problems increased significantly.

I began researching stomach issues and carbs; this was when I came across this Doctor on youtube, Dr. Berry. I started watching Dr. Berry’s short informational videos on inflammation, diabetes, high Cholesterol, etc. 

The information he gave blew me away! I spent over a week doing nothing but binging on these videos taking in all this information in the effort to help me and my husband understand what was happening to us.

Answers did come…

I was shocked at what I discovered. Some of this new information I had in part and other nuggets of truth I had never heard of before. 

I had no clue the key to my health is in keeping my sugar levels below 140 at all times. Carbs of all kinds raise blood sugar. 

I said this in my first blog, and I have to repeat it. Trust me, getting one’s sugar levels over 140 is very easy to do and very easy to maintain that level day after day. In a nutshell, for me, crossing that 140 mark is entering the path to death.

 I was eating a lot of vegetables and onions, thinking I was helping myself. Some veggies are high in carbs, some more so when cooked. I had no clue how bad carbs are for my body. Now I understand why my sugar levels were climbing back up again.

Here is another fact that blew my mind. I never understood how vital high-fat content meats are, all of which I was staying away from because of the high cholesterol danger, which turns out to be a lie. It is the triglycerides that need to be monitor and kept low.

I didn’t know all my cell membranes have Cholesterol, and without Cholesterol, I would die. I didn’t realize high Cholesterol levels mean nothing at all. 

Radical changes…

When I was first diagnosed with type one diabetes, I unknowingly went on a Keto diet, which was why I recovered so nicely and quickly. Had I eaten what the American Diabetes Association recommended, I would never have gotten my sugar levels back to normal; it literally would have been impossible. And as I saw with my dad following those meal plans, it leads to death.

I have been on many diets over the years, not so much for weight loss, but for health. I even became a vegetarian for over a year. Nothing made me feel good. On some diets, I lost weight. But mostly, I never felt at what I would call my optimal health. 

I was always hungry, and I was never satisfied. My family and I were talking about this a few days ago, and we all agreed we were experiencing the same thing- Hunger after we eat and no matter how much we eat. There is that feeling of never being truly satisfied. 

We started the full-blown Keto diet. Low carbs high-fat meats. Our first meal, we had a weird thing happen to us all.

We had a super high-fat meal: 4 eggs and high fat pork product with this no flour bread called Cloud Bread, really yummy. Each of us was eating in different rooms, working on projects of one sort or another.

My daughter comes out of her room with a massive smile on her face. She asked me if I felt different; I told her no and asked her what was going on. She was grinning from ear to ear and said I feel satisfied, and I suddenly have this energy, and I feel good. 

I had no clue what she was experiencing; all I knew was something was going on. I continued eating my meal. About halfway through my food, I started to experience the same thing my daughter did. 

I got up and went and found my daughter and told her I was now experiencing the same thing. We decided to see if my husband was feeling anything. 

We walked into the room where my husband was, and we never said a word. Rob looked at us and said something weird was going on, and he explained the same thing only he mentioned a calmness, my daughter called it feeling good!

No Explanation…

I don’t understand what is happening, but what I do know is I love it! I still experience feeling good. I am satisfied now when I eat and remain that way for a long time. I don’t think about food or need to snack all day, and if I do snack, it is on a few nuts. Most of the time, I eat two meals a day. 

I noticed when my blood pressure is not high, I have more energy, and I am sleeping better. I also started noticing I am not nervous, and the weird thing about this is, I didn’t even realize I was nervous until it stopped. 

New Beginnings…

With our new way of eating, we are not counting carbs; we are monitoring our sugar levels. We have picked out the foods we love and want to eat, and now we are making sure our levels don’t go over 140 at any time. We will make any necessary adjustments for each of us as we go along. 

Here is a picture of a blueberry cheesecake we will have with our dinner tonight, which is baked skin-on chicken and salad. The blueberry cheesecake is made with almond flour- a healthy low carb food. Yummy, I can’t wait. 

Hope…

Even though my husband and I are still sick, we are improving. We are on the right path now and very hopeful for a permanent full recovery and long life now that we understand how to achieve lasting health! 

We are also looking for a doctor like Dr. Berry. If anyone is interested in contacting Dr. Berry, here is the address to his clinic. Dr. Berry has this information posted on many of his video’s.

Dr. Berry: The Berry Clinic ,30 East Main Street, Camden Tn, 38320

I have placed some links to different topics Dr. Berry teaches if you would like to check them out.

Also, I here is the link to the recipe for the Blue Berry cheesecake.  Recipe- Mixed Berry Keto Cheesecake

7 Things Cholesterol SECRETLY does to Your Body (Most Doctors don’t Know) – Love his sense of humor and sarcasm, get the message across.

KETO Increased Your Cholesterol?? (Here’s Why It’s OK)

7 Great Benefits of the Ketogenic Diet
Type 2 Diabetes: You CAN Reverse It!
Lies Doctors Tell Diabetics: Medical Myths That Can Harm Your Health
Another Side…

For me, there is also another side to learning all this excellent information about nutrients. I am angry and deeply sadden. I watched both my parents died from diseases that could have been reversed with proper nutrients. 

I have almost died three times. Once to one of the drugs, a Doctor put me on many, many years ago. This near-death experience is what sent me on my odyssey for knowledge of true health.

I almost lost my life when my thyroid blew up and wrapped around my throat and began strangling me, and then two years later, I almost died when my colon ruptured.

All of these things could have been stopped had I known about the proper nutrients for my body. 

The good news is there is now HOPE! Knowledge is POWER! I love to learn and research, but most importantly, I love TRUTH. It is that very truth that will set me free. 

2 thoughts on “News Update My Health Journey

  1. Dear Jo-Ann, thank you for sharing your journey. Please allow me to help and advise you to go vegan! keep eating as many vegetables as you can and please do not bother about raw or cooked. Animal protein is the cause for diabetes, cancer, high blood pressure and all kind of diseases and it is not the sugar. Trust me and you will never feel sick again as well as in a few week you are medication free. All the best πŸ™‚

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    1. Thanks so much for your offer. For me eating all the veggies is a big part of what got me in trouble again. High carb veggies affect my blood sugar for sure. I am the kind of person who looks at all studies and possibilities; I am not concerned about being wrong; being wrong means, I am growing and learning; I want the truth. I have never heard and or seen the information I have been studying until I came across Dr. Berry. It was the Keto diet that saved my life, and at the time, I didn’t even know I was doing the Keto diet. I realized today my thyroid levels might be off, which will affect my blood pressure, so I need to get that taking care. Again, thanks for much for reaching out πŸ™‚ If you come across some tasty no-carb veggie recipes I am always looking for recipes to try from my vegan friends πŸ™‚

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