Okay, I've known one of my long-range goals is to get off my diabetes, cholesterol, and acid-reflux medications and avoid going on blood pressure meds, but I was never really completely sure that it could happen. I mean, I thought it was possible, but I have only known one person to do it. I knew someone who cured his diabetes (from a blood sugar level of over 900 too! I'm only pre-diabetic), but he works out three hours a day! I'm never going to be able to do that.
But like I've mentioned in other places here, my mom showed me a book, "Dr. Neal Barnard's Program for Reversing Diabetes: The Scientifically Proven System for Reversing Diabetes Without Drugs." He talks about doing it by adopting a low-fat, low-glycemic index, vegan diet. I've been following his recommendations for a week and a half now and it hasn't really been that hard for me.
Okay, I was already vegetarian and making a lot of vegan choices, but I was still eating lots of cheese and yogurt (he calls cheese one of the four food addictions: sugar, chocolate, meat, and cheese). I do know it has kickstarted my weightloss again from the plateau I was on.
And I haven't been perfect at it either. There have been a few things that had eggs at the end of the ingredient lists that I didn't notice until too late.
I think the thing that makes me feel the best is that the author talks about cases he has treated where they were able to completely go off the drugs (not just diabetes either, but cholesterol and blood pressure). It's easier to keep on track now that I have heard of others doing what I want.
It also helps that my mom is doing the same thing. So I've got someone I can go grocery shopping with and talk about what's working for us, product-wise.
I'm getting my blood tested in two weeks, so I'm also really motivated to keep to plan!