Goodbye to Type 2 Diabetes, Meds, and a Lifetime of Dieting
When I started my plant-based journey almost two years ago, I did it to improve my health. The weight loss that everyone notices was just a happy side effect—it was never the original goal. However, I was overweight for most of my adult life. I was part of the population that wanted a quick fix and would try anything to lose a few pounds as quickly as possible. I fluctuated between fad diets, counting calories, and eating the Standard American diet.
After having two pregnancies with gestational diabetes, I was told by my doctors I was at a high risk for developing type 2 diabetes later in life. I managed to control my prediabetes for a while, but I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes about four years ago. For a couple years, I went on various diabetes drugs like metformin and glyburide, but they made me sick on a daily basis. After feeling unwell for so long, I refused to take any more medication. I told my doctor I was going to try and cure my diabetes through diet. He laughed at me. I never went back to him again.
Almost two years ago, I began to eat a plant-based diet with an emphasis on raw fruits and vegetables. Through my research, I discovered Dr. McDougall, Dr. Campbell, and all the other amazing whole-food, plant-based doctors. I became obsessed with learning everything about this lifestyle I could find. I think I watched Forks Over Knives about six times! Since going plant-based, I have more energy than I ever had in my life. I even took up bike riding and cycled over 1500 kilometers (930+ miles) last summer! I dropped 15 pounds right away, but lost a lot more in Continue reading