November is national diabetes month.
If you or someone in your family lives with diabetes, you know the challenges they face each and everyday. Thankfully you can live a rich and full life by making a few small changes. Many people with type II diabetes have been able to stop all symptoms entirely just by changing their diet.
I’ve seen it happen in my own family. Some are prone to Type II diabetes. This got me thinking and doing research.
One reason my family has this history of diabetes is because they are so extraordinary in the kitchen. They delight in enjoying rich fatty foods, scrumptious sauces, plenty of home-made white breads, and…. are in love with sugar. (did I mention rich desserts?)
Because my diet today is healthy and nutrient rich, I know I do not have to worry about whether or not I am at risk. I am not.
The results from the last glucose blood test came back – “excellent”. “You didn’t even spike!” was the doctor’s shocked comment. “We won’t be doing that test for another ten years.”
I chuckled because I knew I was good.
Then came the eye doctor’s report. If there is a history of diabetes in the family, one must keep an eye on one’s eyes. The doctor insisted I have the complete exam done twice, (she wasn’t satisfied with the results of the first) before she came back with this result.
“Well, things look good… in fact they are more than good. Your eyes are better than normal.”
Again I chuckled because I knew I was good.
What did I do?
I made several important lifestyle choices. I don’t smoke, don’t drink (I will have 1/2 a class of wine on special occasions). Love my one and only man.
Raw honey, pure maple syrup and stevia are my sugar substitutes, and… get this… I even enjoy a small piece of dark chocolate ever so often.
I bake my own non-yeast breads and loaves, and make the most amazing desserts out of foods like quinoa, exotic flours and vegetables.
I love my Rooibos tea.
I exercise regularly, and do the things I love… love (am passionate about) writing and painting.
I share my passions by teaching writing and painting, and one more… I love to make films… I lied… there’s still another… I love to read and publish books.
But… there is something more.
Something many people don’t consider in their health equation. Their spiritual life.
For me, my relationship with God is the most important element. I believe in a God that is personal, cares about me and certainly my health. I believe that God sent Jesus to this earth so many years ago to bridge that gap between God and man… to pay for their sin… in full, to bring them all good things and that includes health.
I believe that if it’s good – it’s from God… if it’s not good… it’s not from God. That’s what the Bible says and I am simple enough to believe it.
It’s time to seek and find… to claim those treasures He has for us. He did that for you and me.
III John 2 speaks to me when it comes to my health. “I pray that you may prosper and be in good health, even as your soul prospers.”
How does my soul prosper? In order for my soul to prosper I need peace. I need hope. I need joy. I need to be excited to wake up in the morning, ready to get on with whatever the day might bring. That means I need God. It’s only in my relationship with Him that I find that place of peace, have hope, know joy.
If you face the challenges of diabetes and are looking for answers to the health challenge, there are experts out there who can help you.
For those of you who want some spiritual input into your lives… you’ll want to check out this pastor’s blog. He and his wife are two of the most loving, beautiful, grace filled people I know. Cory’s
got something to say.