I have a requisition in my hand for a blood test to see whether I have developed Type II diabetes. I’m pretty sure it will be positive. I was teetering very closely on the pre-diabetes/diabetes borderline just as I started a plant-based lifestyle a few years back. The numbers went down. I lost weight. Then I started planning a trip to the other side of the world, to see my daughter in New Zealand. I wanted to be able to eat everything and not limit myself. Adventurous foodie won over the sick foodie. Unfortunately, I never went back to plant-based when I came home. I just continued to gain weight and lose energy and then gained even more weight.
I am obese now. Sluggish. Tired. Red-faced. Breathless. I look like I’m expecting twins and have no muscles, anywhere–classic signs of insulin resistance. I’m feeling cramps in my legs at night. I can never close the rings on my iWatch. My toes are numb. My vision seems to blur at times, especially in the morning. And I continue to grieve for the animals. I don’t want them to live stunted lives in horrible conditions. Nothing tastes as bad as cruelty.
I know I need to recommit to whole-food plant-based eating. Will that be enough to reverse Type 2 Diabetes?