It is so easy to let our brains believe something needs to change. My schedule needs to be different so I can fix my diabetes. I need to never be around the foods that trip me up if I am going to fix my diabetes. My body needs to be younger so I can exercise in order to fix my diabetes.
We all watch the numbers. We wring our hands over our glucometers and our scales. We watch them with baited breath and then when they do not go in the direction we hope, we throw in the towel and down a pint of Ben and Jerrry’s. We feel defeated and sometimes hopeless that we will ever figure out how to be naturally healthy. This is because we are so heavily attached to the numbers. This podcast episode discusses what attachment is and why it works against us when we are trying to reverse our type 2 diabetes. Check it out! Tell me what you think!
We all want to have amazing relationships. Women frequently feel our value is determined by the relationships in our lives. We struggle because we cannot control the other humans in our relationships. This leads to feelings of hurt, disappointment, and sometimes anger. Our society teaches us that others in our lives have to change in order for our relationships to be good. We try to make that happen, and others in our lives feel manipulated. We can’t understand why it doesn’t fix our relationships.
This podcast will break down where the problem is with this approach we are taught in society and give you a functional strategy for changing. Check it out!
Many women block the results they want to see in their life due to their resistance to doing the hard things. They exchange advancements in careers, meaningful relationships, and health and longevity for the resistance of doing the uncomfortable thing. They postpone what they want in their lives waiting for the outcome to be easier. Naturally, this keeps them stuck. The meaningful things in life are never easy. The “easy” is not meaningful. For type 2 diabetes, the “easy” is taking meds, injecting insulin, eating the foods that you that keep you sick, and staying diabetic. That’s easy. The hard part is living healthy. If living healthy was “easy,” it would not be elusive. EVERYBODY would be doing it. And it would be nothing to talk about.
Meaningful endeavors are always going to be hard. Waiting for them to be easy means you will never do them. This episode discusses this topic as it was presented by Kara Lawson, the head coach of the women’s basketball team at Duke University. She, aptly states, we need to get better at doing hard things. BOOM! She is spot on. Take a minute to check out her 3 minute clip and then listen to this episode of Reversing Diabetes with DelaneMD to hear how to apply this mindset to your type 2 diabetes!
We have many thoughts in our brains that lead to feelings and actions that keep us from living a life free of type 2 diabetes. Cognitive behavioral therapists call many of these cognitive distortions. Cognitive distortions are thought processes that lead to misinterpretations of experiences we have. Frequently these thoughts are over exaggerations or irrational understandings of the events in our lives. These misunderstandings lead us to stop trying. Either the thought error makes us believe it’s too hard, it’s impossible, or it won’t matter anyway. These adulterations of reality block us from creating the lives we want–free from type 2 diabetes. This episode describes these distortions, gives examples, and gives us a process for deconstructing these thoughts so that we can move past them. Check it out!
Awareness is the skill of managing our thoughts, feelings, and actions. Many of our poor food choices come from lack of awareness. When we feel cravings, anger, or overwhelm, and we have a habit of reaching for a donut, burgers, or the candy dish, we frequently are unaware that this feeling is the source. More than this, we are unaware of the thoughts that lead to these feelings. Instead, we pour our mental resources into changing our environment (avoiding the donuts, burgers, or candies) to avoid the habit of reaching for the food. This is never going to be a long-term fix. You are not investing in fixing the actual problem. The problem is not in the environment, the problem is in the thoughts and feelings that drive you to the action of eating foods that make you sick. Awareness is a tool to change this. This episode dives into this. Check it out!
If you feel you are self-sabotaging reversing your type 2 diabetes, there is help. When we determine what our self-sabotaging behaviors are trying to say, we can figure out how to change the behaviors. Snacking when you are sleepy means you need sleep, not chips. Seeking comfort foods when we are sad means we need comfort not cookies. Craving ice cream when we are lonely means we need a friend, not rocky road. Wanting to hit the candy bowl at work in the afternoon when you are feeling overwhelmed means you need to manage your calendar, not chocolate. If these scenarios describe your daily pitfalls, this episode will break it down and give you strategies to STOP! Check it out, let me know what you think!
Podcast Apple Podcasts Google Podcasts Stitcher Disclaimer: If you have been medicated for your type 2 diabetes, BE CAREFUL! Remember, you have been medicated because of the way you have eaten in the past. If you change the way you are eating, your medications will have to change also. Watch your sugars closely, call your […]
Two weeks ago, I started 3-part series describing my personal journey to living a naturally healthy life. This is the second part of that series. In this episode, I describe the path I took to learning how to stop eating foods that move me away from my goals. I talk about investing in myself, by paying for coaching to help me reach my goals. I also talk about “speed bumps” I encountered along the way and why it was so important to have those moments. Check it out! Let me know what you think!
Despite the name of this episode, there is actually a lot more than feelings discussed. This episode shares a success story, answers listeners’ questions, and discusses the impermanence of feelings compared to the permanence of the actions we take from our feelings. This episode is kind of a hodgepodge! But that seemed like an odd title! Check it out, let me know what you think!