I will never forget when my good friend’s mom approached me (two plus years ago) at her wedding shower and said, “Kelly you are just the image of health.”
Me, in my mind thinking, “really, do you know what my A1C looks like?!” But instead, replied to such a compliment with pleasure. It was really nice and has clearly stuck with me over the years.
So what do I think? Am I an image of health?? First begs the question, what is health?
- I am an ideal body weight, even though I wrestle with 5 or so pounds year-round.
- I work out a fair bit, but not too much. Maybe a pilates, spinning or yoga class a week. A session on the stair-climber with weight lighting, more weight lifting and walking (of course). I LOVE walking when time allows.
- I do not drink my calories. My liquids usually include tea, water, more tea, long blacks (but trying to cut back because I want better sleep) and occasional diet cola. Oh, a fair share of red wine too. Can you blame me?
- I avoid grains like the plague.
- I try to not take life too seriously.
- I skip legumes in my diet, well except a bluemoon craving for peanut butter.
- I motivate others to be an advocate for their health.
- I believe in taking risks.
- I seek adventure (I am wearing the blue helmet).
And as far as diabetes goes:
- I visit my Endo 3-4 times a year, as well as my dentist, ophthalmologist, optometrist and Women’s Health doc,
- I use an insulin pump, but I do not change the infusion set every 3 days as I should. I likely change it when I get an alarm telling me the volume of insulin is low.
- I have no idea when the last time was I changed my lancet.
- Yet, I do test my blood sugar 6-10 times a day. Have you seen my fingers?
- But that A1C, which is supposed to be 6 or below, is an ongoing battle, or can I say, experiment.
Thankfully for a paleo-like diet, I know what I need to do to keep a stable blood sugar. Instead of consuming grains, legumes, corn, soy, vegetable oils and dairy, I resort to high quality meats, eggs, nuts, fish, vegetables, olive oil, butter, coconut, fruit, potatoes (sweet) and white rice. The latter gives me such amazing energy and when I am diligent with my food choices, I feel great.
So going back to question, “Am I an image of health?”
Yes. Yes I am and you can be too. I am nutrient seeker, I am happy, I work hard on my diet and well-being, I count my blessings and I am passionate about helping others optimize their food choices.
Put your best foot forward today by taking care of yourself. If you need any help, that is what I am here for.
Cheers to you and good health,