Hi Everyone :)
I hope you are all well. I just wanted to shed a bit of positivity. I know a lot of people have seen me struggle, so i believe it is my job to also motivate everyone in the way they have for me :)
I am currently doing full time University and two causal jobs. I have assignments coming out of my ears and some of my circumstances at the moment are driving me absolutely insane. And all of this combined would usually send my diabetes to the fiery depths of hell. BUT. It didnt...
I know the Berstien diet is controversial. My mother and I followed it for two weeks and it went pretty well but also effected my energy levels. (Surprisingly never fell into hypos!) But we decided to tweak it slightly and not be obsessive about his rules. However we are taking the low carb/no carb diet very seriously and I have to say it has completely reduced my stress about my disease over the last 2ish months. I think a lot of our diabetes hurt stems directly from over eating carbs and wondering why it sends our bg's sky high and then feeling guilty. Since I have removed carbs from my diet, I don't obsess about my sugars because I know almost every time they are okay. At times, they may be slightly elevated but never hit a dangerous level and I feel that my levels are so extremely easy to control that it doesn't take up half my life. I cheat now and then with no guilt (and I am talking cappuccinos, not cake and lollies and sweets and pasta and rice and bread, haha), because my new life style is permanent and I can easily slip back into my routine of no carbs.
I know these things don't work for everyone. But if you can read up on Dr. Berstien or even 'Sugar Poison' you will see that half the things we eat aren't necessary and you can adjust it to suit your life style as much as possible. The other day my mother and I had no choice but to go to McDonald's for breakfast, I kicked against it but we ended up getting a bacon and egg Muffin without the muffin. Haha, it worked! And I didn't have to sit there imagining my blood levels rising.
Good luck on this constant journey! Keep positive. Know that these lows will always happen as long as you keep picking yourself up.