LET FOOD BE THY MEDICINE🙏🏼🌿✨🍉 many of you might not know, but I am type 1 diabetic - diagnosed when I was 9 years old. Through this, I learnt what a huge impact what you eat has on your health & wellbeing and have become incredibly passionate about using food as medicine, not only to prevent and cure disease, but also manage conditions like mine. Being the determined person I am, I always had good control of my diabetes, but since going vegan, I’ve seen SO many improvements. I’m eating more carbs than ever - yet needing less insulin: the exact opposite to what people are taught to believe.
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My weight at both pictures is the same 61kgs and i am 175cm. It is 7 months difference. I started as i cut out sweets and fast food, trying to eat more proteins and carbs only at breakfast and lunch snack only on fruits (and peanut butter :D) Started running 5 days a week you could hardly call it running the first month. After that i added some basic exercise. The last two months i added some light weights as well.
Everybody’s New Years resolution is all “eat healthier. Get a gym membership and work out. Drink more water. Eat less carbs. Weigh yourself weekly.”
Meanwhile I’m over here like “eat some junk food. Be okay with not working out sometimes. Drink juice. Stop having smoothies when you know you really want milkshakes. Stop being afraid of pop tarts. Have a meal at 3:30am if you’re truly hungry for it. Stop policing how many carbs you eat. Literally never under no circumstances will you weigh yourself.”
In the spirit of all the midterms I’m writing, here are some tips that I should probably follow:
1. If studying makes you want to die, don’t fucking study.
Seriously though. Taking an hour, taking an afternoon, even taking a day is not going to jeopardize your grade. At the end of it all, your well-being is so much more important than 5% extra on your midterm. You will not learn anything if you are reading through literal or metaphorical tears.
2. Stay hydrated and nourished.
I know when we become study robots we put our humanity behind us, but don’t. If you are like me and drink a pot of coffee a day + energy drinks during exams, you need to keep hella hydrated or else you are going to crash instantly by the sure fact that your body has to focus on cleaning your digestive kamikaze up (there is nothing but empirical data here). Eat more than carbs, drink lots of water (at least a cup of water per cup of coffee if you can)
3. Take a “biobreak” every half an hour, take an hour break every three.
Studying is like trying to fill an ocean with a cup and jug. Every half an hour, take five minutes to pour your cup into a jug (short to midterm memory) by having a snack, going to the washroom, doing human things. Every three hours empty the jug into the ocean (mid - longterm memory) and do something else. This does not mean start you philosophy essay, or do readings. Watch Futurama, write some poetry, grab lunch with a friend. Do something that has nothing to do with academia, start a cool tumblr.
4. Fuck off with the whole studying every last second before the test or pulling all nighters.
The anxiety of that is crippling. If you really don’t get something in those three hours before the test, I have the saying that I won’t get it in finite time (I’m approaching an asymptote: A few hours is not going to help me any, it’ll make me an anxious mess more likely to do worse). Make yourself a nice meal, listen to your favourite album, and reassure yourself that “this test was easy, I have done great” (already). The corollary to this is also get a full night’s sleep. Either you are going to do it 12-8am, or 8am-2,3pm. You are going to get the hours, and it is a more productive regime to practice getting up early. Sleep is necessary to long term memory. Pulling an all nighter is one sure way to forget everything you stayed up all night to learn.
5. Remember hygiene
If you’re roommate calls the cops thinking someone has died in your room, lather up. I feel so shitty if I haven’t brushed my teeth, or had a shower. You’ll be amazed if you study, and then have a shower, put on comfy clothes, and self manage. It gets the blood flowing, and has a positive effect on your thought process if you feel good. Make your hair super soft, burn a nice candle, I don’t know, just do whatever the fuck makes you feel clean on the outside, and it will make you so much more “clean” on the inside.
6. You always have time.
You have studied all day, and you have so much more to cover, but your mom wants a call, your brother needs advice, your friends are lost and want to grab a pint. You. Fucking. Have. Time. This is similar to one but the twist is, one day these people will be gone, or realize you are gone, and you may have your 4.0 instead of a 3.7, but you have nothing else. The world will not stop, your dreams will not be shattered because you decided for half a fucking hour to be human. I once read that there is no lack of scientists, just a lack of good scientists. The reason why you do not have a 100% in everything is what sets you apart. Do we really want a group of scientists who have no social skills, no friends, no family? Hell no. You came here to help people, so don’t lose them before you get a chance to do that. The places you want to go, will want you, not the version of you that is like everyone else.
7. Finally, if you fail, who gives a shit?
I had a 97.2% average coming out of high school, and I think we all know what this is like, and in first semester I failed a calculus test and I was so disappointed in myself, and scared what my father would say, and then I realized who cares? This is not the end. I studied my ass off, I set my goals and I got good. I hate to be a cliché, but a mistake is only a mistake if you learn nothing from it. So, you failed. Why does that hurt? What can you do to turn your failure into a success story? People want to see what you can do to improve, not that you are static. People see a 78 in first year and an 90 by fourth and they want to know what changed. Short answer? you. You became confident, you became impassioned, you became the person you wanted to be.
Pretty close to hitting my macros again today.
I switched up my breakfast and snacks which was good.
I’m enjoying my meals and it’s made me think outside the square a bit in terms of snacks. It’s made me realise that I had been eating way more carbs and fat than protein and when you don’t have any of those macros left you invent things - like egg whites mixed with protein powder and microwaved = protein cakes!
I finally went back to the gym this afternoon after a week of being lazy. Just a body balance class. It’s so nice not to be worrying about burning calories for the sake of it.
I know it’s early days but I just need to trust the process and stick with it. I’m enjoying it so far.
I am lacking sleep so far this week so it’s an early night tonight. I want to aim to do a more intense workout tomorrow - some upper body weights and an RPM class.
Hey what are your tips on getting out of the prediabetic category?
I don’t know exactly what I did to give me those results, to be honest. It had been a year since I had last been checked so it could have been a multitude of things. Now since a HgbA1C is a marker of blood sugar control of the last 90 days, I -can- say what I’ve changed about my lifestyle in the last 90 days.
-I eat about 1500-1600 calories a day
-Everything white that I ate (rice, bread, pasta) I switched to whole wheat
-Increased water consumption
-I eat a ton of different veggies now and stick to lean proteins
-I lowered fast food consumption to maybe once a month
-I make myself move, whether it be at the gym or walks around the mall or the hospital at work
I’m assuming that some of those changes helped my HgbA1C go down. Eating more complex carbs and low Glycemic Index foods help your blood sugar stabilize and over time may lower blood sugar spikes.
I hope this answered your question!! I’m sorry I can’t pinpoint exactly what I did better, but I’m assuming these contributed to getting me out of the pre-diabetic category.