While I'm not a diabetic, my grandfather developed type II diabetes later in his life and my dad is considered pre-diabetic. Since there is an incidence of this in my family and since I was noticing that my fasting glucose was creeping up the last couple of times I had lab work done, I decided to be proactive and take steps to lower my blood sugar. I started with Dr. Mark Hyman's 10 Day Detox Diet to get a jump start and will be following his Blood Sugar Solution for the next 6 weeks or longer.
In a nutshell:
It's a 10 day detox from processed food, gluten and other grains, dairy, caffeine, alcohol, and sugar. You eat meals and two optional snacks each day. You take certain supplements and exercise at least 30 minutes before breakfast each day. There were specific relaxation practices like a nightly detox bath, a take-five breathing routine, journaling, etc. It didn't just concentrate on food and exercise, but helped you examine your feelings and emotions and how that could contribute to what you eat and how you feel. Dr. Hyman encouraged limiting social media and other technology-based activities and to just unplug during the 10 day detox ( I sort of bombed on that one though, although I did cut way back).
Yesterday I finished the 10 day detox and while I didn't really lose that much weight compared to others, I gained a ton of take-aways!
1. I loved the nightly ritual of the detox bath (epsom salts, baking soda, and essential oils) and will be continuing this relaxing nightly practice.
2. I eliminated sugar and carb cravings after the first few days.
3. I started monitoring my blood sugar each morning and it decreased from 106 down into the 80's and 90's. I will continue to monitor my blood sugar several times a week while on the Blood Sugar Solution program.
4. I've gotten back into a consistent exercise routine and made sure to get at least 30 minutes of exercise before breakfast. I usually ended up doing more exercise later in the day, but this was a good start to my morning.
5. I tried some new recipes. It's easy to get in a rut with meal planning, so I'm always open to new recipes.
6. I started journaling again. It is amazing how this simple practice can put life into perspective and help one understand the connection between emotions/feelings and food.
7. I came back to SP and started tracking nutrition and exercise again. Again it is amazing how effective this can be in helping to stay on track with goals. Dr. Hyman stressed the importance of joining a community for the motivational support and SparkPeople has some of the best resources and support out there! It's great to be back!
8. I added some new supplements to my regimen and am curious how this will impact my weight loss efforts and health/wellness journey.
1. Giving up my coffee, wine, and cheese was painful at first! (But I survived, lol) I was already gluten-free, so this wasn't an issue.
2. I didn't have all of the supplements so had to go out and buy them (I purchased most from Amazon, I do so love my Amazon!)
3. I was tired of having a shake every day for breakfast (it was easy to make each morning, but it lacked variety)
The pros for me outweighed the cons and while I didn't lose that much weight, I gained much more from this plan and do recommend it for those wanting to have a detox from processed foods, chemicals, and common foods that can cause food sensitivities, and foods/beverages that can spike blood sugar.
But, now that it is over, the first thing I did was have a wonderful Bulletproof Coffee this morning! Just for today though. I will be starting the Blood Sugar Solution program tomorrow and coffee will once again be off-limits....sigh