How I went from pre-diabetes to no diabetes: Step one
- Mel’s weekly food pick:
Fresh ground almond butter
- Mel’s weekly recipe pick:
Anti-Inflammatory Breakfast Bread
Back in 2015, I was told I had pre-diabetes—a diagnosis that literally knocked the wind out of me. I thought I was doing everything right! I ate healthy food, exercised most days of the week, and my body weight was considered to be within a normal range. I was a picture of health…on the outside. Needless to say, my elevated hemoglobin A1C— a measure of your average blood sugar over the past six weeks— came as an unwelcome surprise. My immediate response was: What am I doing wrong?
I felt defeated, sad, and lost.
I set out on a journey to heal my body. Pouring myself into books, articles, medical journals and holistic health-related interviews, I began to understand that no, I wasn’t doing everything possible to keep myself healthy. For starters, I was eating way too many carbohydrates. Walking into the kitchen on any given day and mindlessly grabbing a bag of sprouted tortilla chips, was a common ritual for me. I reasoned that “Hey, they are sprouted, whole grain, non-GMO, low sodium, and organic, so I get a free pass to eat as many as I want!” This ended up being half of the bag.
I also came to discover that although I didn’t physically feel it, I was experiencing more stress than I realized, which manifested into elevated blood sugar.
Yes, unchecked, chronic stress can cause spikes in your blood sugar.
Another turning point in my journey was the realization that, for years, I focused entirely on disease prevention. At first glance, this seems like a good thing, but in my case it wasn’t. You see, I am a firm believer in the notion of what you resist, persists. And that is exactly what I was doing— resisting disease with a vengeance. Now don’t get me wrong, I’m not suggesting that I should have welcomed disease into my body with open arms, taking no action to improve my health, but rather, I failed to see my body as already healthy. I was taking steps to prevent cancer, prevent diabetes, prevent heart disease…all behaviors that wreak of resistance. I was so terrified that I would end up with one of these diseases, that every action I took to stay healthy, was rooted in fear. What I was resisting (in this case diabetes) was quickly becoming a reality for me.
By taking the proper measures to clean up my body and mind, through good nutrition, exercise, rest, supplementation and meditation, I am happy to report that in just six months, I created a healthy environment of normal blood sugar.
In the coming weeks I will be sharing with you exactly how I did it, including the foods I ate (and those I removed). But first, I would like to talk about mindset. It’s something that is rarely discussed, yet is the most important piece of the puzzle. Whenever we set out to lose weight or improve some aspect of our health, all we tend to think about is diet, exercise, diet, diet, exercise, diet and exercise!
The problem is, without getting your head in order first, you won’t be able to stay on track very long.
I believe that our thoughts have tremendous power. In fact, in my soon-to-be-published book The Missing Peace: 11 Secrets to restore inner harmony with your food, body & health, the seventh Missing Peace is titled: What You Think About, You Bring About. Today, right this very moment, you are the sum total of all of your past thoughts. So if you aren’t happy with what you’ve been getting, start putting the good stuff in and make a firm commitment to live from that end. See yourself in the body of your dreams. What does it look and feel like? Once you can see that picture as clear and detailed as your favorite piece of art, it’s time to embody that person and begin making the choices they would make. Even though they may love them, a healthy and vibrant individual would not eat doughnuts for breakfast. It just doesn’t make sense to them. It’s not a matter of exercising willpower, but rather an almost unconscious practice of living with the end in mind.
Once you get this down, it’s very important that you believe and feel with everything you are, that you are already this person. I can’t emphasize enough, the importance of living as the end product of your desire and making choices from this place, as this person. Understand—you are this person. Believe and feel yourself inhabiting this new you. Feel the energy as it courses through your veins. Take a good look in the mirror and see the new you. The beauty of this is that it allows you to create any picture of yourself that you desire. There are no rules.
I developed a tool to help you visualize and inhabit the healthy body of your dreams and live as the end product of your desires. It is a four-minute audio meditation, called the End In Mind Meditation (EIM). This ritual will literally have you stepping into and becoming the person you need to be to achieve this healthy body.
Click HERE to access the meditation!
A daily meditation/visualization habit will set the tone for the quality of your choices for the entire day. Trust me, it really works! To begin, get in a comfortable position, close your eyes and listen to this meditation preferably within fifteen minutes of waking up.
Next week I will share more of my journey from pre-to-non diabetes. In the meantime, I’m eager to hear how you like the End in Mind Meditation! Please comment below friends 🙂
Mel’s weekly food pick:
Fresh Ground Almond Butter
Fresh ground almond butter is one of my all-time favorite healthy fats. Rich in fiber and antioxidants, it keeps my blood sugar under control and does a really nice job satisfying my hunger too.
My favorite way to eat almond butter is to spread it on slices of organic Fuji apples and sprinkle a little cinnamon on top. Be sure to keep the skin on the apple for extra fiber and blood sugar control. The same goes for pears! Another good idea is to add a tablespoon to your morning smoothie… OR…spread on a slice of Anti-Inflammatory Breakfast Bread and top with a spoonful of milled flaxseed!
When purchasing almond butter, make sure the only ingredient listed is “almonds” (salt is OK too!)
Mel’s recipe pick:
Bread can be a real issue when you are trying to watch your blood sugar. That’s why I was so excited to stumble upon this recipe from Jenny Carr’s cookbook, Peace of Cake. I added a little ground cinnamon to the batter to give it more of a breakfast flare. You could also add chopped walnuts for a little bit of crunch!
This bread is one of my favorite go-to breakfasts because it really keeps me full…especially if I top it with fresh ground almond butter, mashed avocado, or Kerrygold grass fed butter! Seriously yummy.