In March 2010 I received a letter from my GP stating that adults aged 40 to 74 are eligible for blood tests. I made an appointment with the nurse to provide a sample of my blood. After a week I received a phone call from my GP who told me that the blood test results had arrived and that I needed to make an appointment to see my doctor to discuss the results. On my appointment day the Doctor cited that my blood test results revealed my blood sugar and cholesterol levels were high, which was horrifying and unexpected for me, as I had no symptoms of both. My doctor further explained that anything of 6.0 and above is classified as type-2 diabetes and my blood sugar was 12 and cholesterol was 6.6. They then put me on medication, which was likely to be for life.
Distressed by this I began research about people who had lowered and reversed their diabetes naturally through diet and exercises. I started to change my eating habits and made a diet plan which was high in plant-based protein and low in carbohydrates. I cut down my sugar intake completely and began consuming high fiber low carb foods including vegetable and fruits. During this time I also started exercising more and begun practicing yoga, which led my weight to reduce by 18 Lbs.
An overview of my diet plan is that everyday I begin with drinking a couple of glasses of warm water with fresh squeezed lemon juice. I then do some exercises and practice yoga.
For breakfast I drink a glass of smoothie which is made with 3 strawberries, 12 raspberries, 12 blueberries, 2 tablespoon of oat bran, a pinch of green cardamom powder, a pinch of ground black pepper, 1 teaspoon of flaxseed powder, 3 tablespoon of yogurt and ¾ cup of water.
For lunch I eat a vegetable salad, a slice of whole meal bread and a cup of soup. The salad is made with a grated carrot, a medium chopped tomato, half a grated apple and a half a grated beetroot sprinkled with a some grated ginger, sesame seeds, basil leaves and olive oil. There are several different soup recipes that I use but my favorites are lentil soup, pea and spinach soup, carrot and coriander soup, broccoli soup and cauliflower soup.
I prefer to eat a portion of salad in my dinner. For good health your dinner portion should be half of your lunch portion size.
It is worth mentioning that eating and sleeping times are also vital in maintaining good health for example the ideal breakfast time is between 6 AM to 8 AM. Lunch should be taken between 12 PM to 1:30 PM and dinner should be consumed no later than 6:30 PM. The gap between dinner and sleep should be at least 3 hours.
A year after my diet change I had my blood tests taken again and was surprised to know that my blood sugar and cholesterol levels were normal again and my doctor stated that I didn’t need to take blood glucose and cholesterol lowering medicines anymore.
I still go for blood tests on a yearly basis just to know that my sugar and cholesterol levels are normal. I am happy to say that my blood sugar and cholesterol levels are normal and blood pressure is under control and I feel more energetic and stronger than before. I work 60 hours a week tirelessly yet my body does not ache but instead I feel healthier than ever.
Diet plays a major role in a person’s health and wellbeing and it is important that we take care of it so that our body works at its full potential. There are various types of foods on the planet; some of which cause damage to your health on the other hand there are plenty of those, which provide care and recovery for your body.