When I was first diagnosed I was devastated. I looked for any and all outs. My brother mentioned a book called “There is a Cure for Diabetes” and I bought it in an instant. I didn’t care how much it was going to cost me. I was willing to try anything. So once the book arrived I did everything it said. I emptied my kitchen of all things bad for diabetics. There was a tearful moment as I threw away my flour. It may sound ridiculous but one of my favorite pastimes is baking treats. As I threw away all my flour and sugar all I could think was “There goes something else I love doing.” I needed to change my train of thought, but that came much later.
So, my kitchen was purified of all things bad for me and my blood sugar. The next chapter of the book gave me a grocery list of all things vegan and raw. You see this book focused on eating raw vegan foods and getting the most nutrition out of your food. A wonderful concept. Also, a wonderfully expensive concept! If you pursue this way of life be prepared to have your wallet take a hit! Because that is what happened next. It easily spent over $200 just restocking my kitchen. Yes, my kitchen was stocked super healthy, but good lord that was a lot of dough! But like I stated earlier I was desperate for a cure.
The next thing I had to give up was coffee because as far as I know there is no such thing as raw coffee. I bought myself matcha and maca as a replacement. Matcha and maca, while yummy, do not come close to replacing coffee; especially if you are used to drinking at least 4 cups of coffee daily. I was a tad grumpy during this process. On top of no coffee I also cut sugar out of my diet 100%. There were times I burst into tears for no reason except I was dying for chocolate or anything sugary.
On day ten I was emotionally and frustratingly tried. I wanted bread. I tried making raw bread using a dehydrator. It took nearly five days (primarily because I couldn’t go above 115 degrees or it wasn’t considered raw) and after all that it was okay. I never could get the recipe right. Now, raw vegan tacos turned out fantastic every time.
On day fifteen I was so tired of my new way of life , but I actually was starting to feel healthier. My headaches were going away and I noticed more energy in myself. The sugar was finally leaving my system. It was hard resisting, but the fact I made it that far helped me hold my ground.
Day twenty finally arrived. I couldn’t believe it. I made it 20 days eating only raw vegan foods. I survived without caffeine, sugar and flour. The unfortunate thing was I was not cured. Not even close. I was still taking the same amount of insulin. So when day twenty-one came and past I tearfully drank my coffee and had a small piece of bread.
What did I learn from this experience? I learned I could cut sugar from my life. I also learned I could still have it, but in moderation. Sugar was never meant to be consumed the way society consumes it. I believe I set myself up for success by completing this cleanse and I still incorporate raw meals into my diet weekly. I have to admit there are some pretty great recipes out there!
Is this cleanse right for your? Well, that’s for you to decide. I know it was the right step for me. I was able to remove my bad sugar habits and start my diabetic life with a non sugary start. I think I will do this cleanse once a year for the nutritional value alone. I would keep up with this lifestyle everyday, but my wallet and husband just can’t handle it!