A METABOLIC BALANCE JOURNEY

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In October 2006 I went to the doctor for a routine physical and had blood work done prior to that appointment.  When I got to my appointment my doctor said “How long have you been Diabetic?”  I said I’m not diabetic!  I didn’t believe him so I have more blood work done with another doctor and he said “Indeed you are diabetic”.   For several years I was in denial after that, although my Mother, Father and Brother were all diabetic…I was told I had “bad genes” and it wasn’t due to my diet or weight (I was perhaps 5 pounds overweight and ate a very healthy diet). I was prescribed medication to control my blood sugar and did not change any of my habits.

In 2010 I was told that I could have better control of my diabetes and I was low in Vitamin D and due to a near fatal car crash that year I had bulging discs in my spine (nerve damage) and joint pain which was later diagnosed as Fibromyalgia.  There was no talk of diet control and I still wasn’t really overweight.  I was prescribed stronger diabetic medication and tried without success, many different pain medications.

As the years progressed and the Fibromyalgia pain intensified, my A1C (3 month average blood sugar) went up also. I was prescribed INSULIN.  Just one shot of slow release insulin in the evening before bed and that would lower my blood sugar (along with the oral medication I was already taking) for the whole day.  I saw a dietician at that point and was introduced to the Canadian Food Guide and advised about the number of CARBS I should be eating per meal and the amount of exercise I should be getting. I follow instructions well and by 2015 I had gained about 10 pounds but still nothing notable.  That happens when you use insulin…no need for alarm.

During the next 5 years I took my medication and insulin every night and things didn’t seem to be going to badly so I thought.  My A1C was creeping up though and at that point I was prescribed fast acting insulin before each meal. I was up to four shots a day along with oral medication.  Well, I’ve been told, “it’s a progressive disease”…what can you do!

In late 2016/early 2017 I had a visit to my Naturopaths office and she told me about Metabolic Balance and said I’d be a perfect candidate.  Once I started on MB I never looked back.  After 3 months, I was off all of my insulin and had lost 22 pounds.  My diabetes is finally under control and I’m hoping within the year my aches and pains and inflammation will be taken care of as well.

I have really enjoyed my journey on Metabolic Balance (all of the Phases and challenges) and have a really wonderful Coach Sujata Kale-banerjea.  She is so knowledgeable and has created a closed group Face Book page so that others on MB can share recipes and experiences! It’s a great support group and our Coach Sujata is always by our side if necessary, every step of the way.   I understand now that food can be used as medicine and MB has proven it to me.  I feel like I’m in control of my destiny now, not my disease dictating my future…glaucoma, neuropathy and the likes.  I have adapted easily to the 8 Rules and will use them to the best of my ability for the rest of my life.

Janice Breen,

Marketing,

Age 60.

 

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