November is National Diabetes Month and with one-third of Americans having diabetes or pre-diabetes, we've got some work to do. Diabetes is a serious disease that can lead to many complications including blindness, amputation, kidney failure, dementia, stroke, heart disease and death. We've been under the impression that diabetes is just something you will automatically develop if you have a genetic pre-disposition and that once you develop diabetes, you'll be on medication for the rest of your life. The truth is this: most cases of type 2 diabetes are completely avoidable and even if you already have type 2 diabetes, chances are it's reversible with personalized lifestyle and nutrition-related changes. [Type 1 diabetes is caused by an autoimmune process and is a different story, but lifestyle and nutrition still remain very important in its treatment].
Type 2 diabetes prevention and reversal requires change, which is hard....
Are you just exhausted? There was a time in my life when I had to take naps in my car on my lunch break because I felt like I couldn't keep my eyes open, the fatigue was just overwhelming. I have been able to reverse my own symptoms, but I come into contact every day with people who report at least one of the these symptoms:
4. Digestive Distress
5. Mood Changes
6. Stubborn Weight Gain
7. Unexplained anxiety
We've all probably experienced some or all of these symptoms at some point, but if they're a chronic, daily experience, there is likely something going on in your body that needs to be addressed. I know many people, myself included, who have visited their doctor with the above symptoms only to be told there's really nothing wrong. Your doctor may order some blood testing, but if common causes of the above symptoms are ruled out, there's really nothing offered to help you feel better. It ca...
Reversing my autoimmune disease has meant addressing many lifestyle factors, nutrition being one. I have chosen to avoid foods with shady ingredients, but if I'm honest, I miss the crunch! There's nothing like a crunchy snack to hit the spot, especially when you're in the car traveling as many of us are in the summer time. There's no shortage of crunchy snacks out there, but the questionable ingredients found in most of them just don't fit into my lifestyle. Enter Simple Mills! I have been able to incorporate several of their products, including the almond flour crackers, into my routine because they use real ingredients that my body can tolerate well.
Doesn't summer seem to be a more challenging time to stay on a healthy track? There are lots of distractions for me because we travel a lot and spend more time away from home than usual. Maybe you travel a lot this time of year too, or have kids involved in more outdoor activities or camps, or you'...