Have you recently received a Diabetes or Insulin Resistance diagnosis? Show of hands! What? No one? Considering Alaska has upwards of 68,000 people with diabetes and another 96,000 are considered pre diabetic and insulin resistant, there should definitely be more people raising their hands. Or nodding their heads. If you’ve recently been diagnosed and you’re NOT nodding or raising your hand, WHY? Feel weird about it? Scared? Are you ashamed? Don’t want to admit it? I understand, I was too.
Got Diabetes? It’s okay!
But I’m here to tell you that it’s okay. Or it will be okay. When my oldest was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes it was drilled into my head that “I didn’t DO this to him, it’s an autoimmune disease” and “I didn’t feed him so much starchy foods that his pancreas died, that’s what Type 2s do”. I held that bias for a long, long time. In fact up until I met my first healthy, skinny, never overweight Type 2 Diabetic. Then it dawned on me that not all Type 2s “eat until they kill their pancreas” some people just have different bodies and process foods differently.
Imagine that, it took me 13 years, and another son with a Type 1 diagnosis, to figure that out. BUT you can start thinking like that right now. Two different people can eat the same diet, same amounts, same everything, and for reasons no one understands yet, one of them may develop Type 2 Diabetes, or Insulin Resistance. Or they both could. Or maybe neither of them do. It’s genetics. It’s hormones. It’s not necessarily the food you eat and how much exercise you get.
When my doctor said “hmmm your Hemoglobin A1C is high, you better start checking your blood sugar in the morning” I wanted to crawl under a rock. I have diabetic sons! I KNEW how to eat. Sure I ate more than I should. Sure I weigh more than I should. But I thought all the exercise and “healthy” foods I was eating we’re going to keep me on the straight and narrow. WRONG. I am right on the edge of Pre-Diabetes and Insulin Resistance. And I know better. But I’m one of those that’s got to start eating better (than I was) and moving more (than I was) and checking my morning blood sugar every day. I wanted to hide, I was so ashamed of “my bad habits”
No More Shame
I’m not going to be pinned down by a diagnosis. I’m not going to be ashamed of my body, I’ve had quite enough of that already because I don’t fit the norm in body size. But I’m going to normalize Insulin Resistance, Pre-Diabetes and Type 2 Diabetes. I’m not going to let Diabetes be a dirty word in my life. It starts here. It starts now. I offer this space as support and love for anyone and everyone suffering, feeling ashamed, feeling bad about their bodies or their choices or any other bullshit that society puts on you. Gotta check your blood sugar?? Yeah let’s do it! I’ll pull my meter out too and we can be thankful together that we have those tools to help us LIVE.
NO SHAME just support right here at Little House Big Alaska.
So where does that leave Little House Big Alaska? Right where it is. I’ve always worked towards mostly healthy recipes, meal ideas, lunch ideas and the like. Add in a few handcrafts. A couple sponsored posts. Gorgeous shots of Alaska and you’ve got what’s ALREADY going on here. You can look forward to MORE diabetic friendly recipes and updated nutrition info so you can see what’s what for EACH recipe. And you’ll see more diabetes outreach and support, no more shame!
If you’re struggling with a diabetes diagnosis please don’t go through it alone. Email me. Comment here. Start the conversation or join the conversation. I’ve been in the diabetes game for 15 years and it’s all still new to me. I’m no expert, I can assure you of that, but I refuse to believe that I, or anyone else, deserves to feel bad about being a diabetic.