I started a new adventure and I have so much to talk about! For now I will talk about a couple of incidents that occurred that left me with questioning what do I do now???
I was watching the documentary on Netflix called What the Health (it's good, you should watch it), and I started to question so many things! If you've read my blog in the past, you will know that I was a vegetarian for many years. If you haven't read it, you can find it here: www.mommybehealthy.com/mommy-be-healthy/that-time-i-was-a-vegetarian I've never tried a fully plant based diet though. While watching this documentary it sparked memories of 2 events that happened to me at the doctor's office. The first was about almost 9 years ago when I found out I was insulin resistant. I remember getting a call from the doctors office and having to go in and go over my results. I sat in the office asking the doctor a million and 1 questions, NONE of which she could really give me good answers on. The main question I asked what how can I help it. Basically she told me to not eat as many carbs and start taking Metformin (insulin regulating medicine). I remember leaving out of there with a sense of emptiness, and a million questions spinning in my head. I thought What do I do now???
I'm a HUGE promoter of advocating for yourself especially when it comes to your health. I did the first thing I could think of and went to the library. I found books on insulin resistance, syndrome X, and pre-diabetes. I checked out every book I could find on the subject and read them, took notes, studied them like my life depended on it (it kind of did). The one thing I found was that if you have insulin resistance, your body will crave carbs, but to help insulin resistance you have to severely limit carbs. Can we say "damned if you do , damned if you don't?" I remember going back to my doctor for a check up and talked to her about all I had found out and told her if she could suggest maybe a nutritionist or someone she trusted to help me. She shrugged her shoulders and said she'd refer me to the American Diabetes Association Website for recipes, and ideas and articles. Again.....I read the articles, I became more and more understanding of what exactly my body was doing, and I kept on taking my metformin. Kept on exercising, kept on eating "healthy" and kept on constantly craving carbs. Viscious cycle all over again. In the interim I visited with personal trainers, nutritionists etc that I had found through my own scouring and gleamed whatever I could from them.
The second time I had that question of What do I do now? was when I was seeing my cardiologist (I have an enlarged heart and palpitations), and he said to me that I needed to lose weight. Well...duh, I didn't really need a doctor to tell me this but ok. I explained to him my struggle with PCOS and insulin resistance, I explained to him my struggle with finding a reputable nutritionist who has dealt with someone like me. I then asked him if he could recommend someone to see. His response......"Well we don't really do that, but I can get you the website for the American Heart Association" *Facepalm* I AGAIN left out of that office not knowing what the hell I was going to do. I guess it was just back to the drawing board of reinventing myself, of educating myself etc. A few months later I went back for a check up and he suggested to me to consult with a weight loss surgeon for bariatric surgery. All the while, in my mind I'm thinking to myself....that will not educate me in changing my habits, it will not educate me in understanding my body, but it will help me lose weight. I started looking into the process and while looking into the process, I self educated myself more and more on the human body, they physiology of how it works, and what will help me.
It wasn't until recently that I found a great nutritionist who actually listened to me and treated me as a whole person and not just as another fatty who walked in to see her. She listened to all of the things I had tried and failed at, and what my main struggles were. I also started training with an amazing trainer who treated me again as a whole person. A couple of months ago, I wanted to start sharing with others more of my story and I wanted to try and impact others on a grander scale. I decided to become a health coach. Can you imagine? Me? a Health coach? I know... I said the same thing at first, until I found the answer. How in the world can someone who is plus sized become a health coach. Well for me, the answer was simple. I've spent many many years being passed around from doctor to doctor, I've spent nearly my whole life struggling with my weight and health issues, BUT I finally am at a point, in my mid 30's, where I feel the healthiest I've ever been. I've educated myself, I've motivated myself, and I now want to do the same for others. If I can do it, anyone can. I want you to do it with me. We can become the best we can be together! So if you are wondering "What do I do now?" The answer is, contact me. I will be your personal cheerleader to help you get where you need to be.