Embrace the setback and embark on the journey…
I was 29 years old when I became pregnant with my first daughter. I was excited to bring a new life into this world. Around 6 months into the pregnancy and close to 60 lbs of added weight, I failed the screening glucose test. The nurse saw my disappointment and she told me that sometimes the test is inaccurate and I was sent for the 3 hour test. Nope. It wasn’t a false negative. I failed the each hour of the test. I was instructed to go to a high risk women’s group for gestational diabetes where we met with a dietician and we were educated on what and what not to eat. I was surprised to see how many hidden carbs and sugars lurk inside every day food. I was determined to change my diet and exercise so that I could avoid insulin. I succeeded.
With pregnancy #2 and #3, I ate well, gained half the amount of weight as my first pregnancy, and kept my fasting numbers low with diet and exercise. When I turned 38, approximately four years ago, my bloodwork revealed that I was borderline diabetic. My cholesterol was creeping up. I couldn’t kick off the last of the post-pregnancy weight from two years prior. As an added bonus, I developed stomach issues (IBS) which would bring bouts of severe pain. Getting older is pretty amazing.
I felt defeated and knew that I needed to make changes in my life. I remembered that during my pregnancies, I was able to control my blood sugars by eating a low calorie, low carb diet. I began reading about the Paleo diet and how someone who had Type 2 diabetes reversed his condition with diet alone. As I read more, I was intrigued and best of all it made sense. Eat like the cavemen did: Fish, foul, meat, eggs, tree nuts, vegetables and fruits. No refined sugar, dairy, processed foods, gluten, soy and legumes.
This is not diet but a new way of living life, and a darn good one. My A1C is the lowest it’s ever been, my cholesterol is incredible, I am down to my pre-pregnancy weight and my stomach is much happier.
Medication and drugs do not cure the above conditions; they are simply band-aids, full of chemicals and side-effects.
When I first started, the expression: “You are what you eat” echoed in my head. The Paleo diet is clean, simple, healthy and free of junk. This resonated with me because frankly, who really needs complexity or junk in their lives?
If I can do it, anyone can. Embark on the Paleo journey with me. I can promise that it will bring you to a really great destination.
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Lisa A. Bloom resides in New York with her husband and three wonderful daughters. She graduated from the University at Albany with majors in English and Psychology and received her law degree from Hofstra University. When she isn’t working, Lisa enjoys spending time with family, writing, hot yoga and cooking Paleo. You can follow her on Instagram @Paleoworkingmama