Hey everyone, Emmi here. I told you yesterday that my mother had type 2 diabetes and that I didn’t want to follow in her footsteps. I wanted to go into a little more detail about that today because as I was lying in bed last night trying to go to sleep I just kept thinking about it.
It was about 16 years ago that my mom was diagnosed as a diabetic and was told to follow the standard diabetic diet which didn’t actually help her lower her sugar levels. In fact her sugar levels just kept increasing to the point where she had to take insulin on a daily basis. We never really knew why my mom had diabetes, I mean it does run in our family and yes she was slightly overweight (mostly in the belly area) but having 8 children can do that to you but her legs and arms were so skinny they looked like sticks.
Looking back I get sad and angry at the same time. I mean, we are told our whole lives to eat the Standard American Diet and follow the food pyramid because it gives us everything we need to be healthy. Well that's obviously not true because after everything I’ve lived and learned I believe that it was following the Standard American Diet that caused my mother to get diabetes in the first place.
I wish I had known about keto back then because maybe I could have helped her, but most of all I wish her doctor would have suggested it instead of the typical diet they tell diabetics to eat. I mean the keto diet has been around for about 100 years but even after 16 years has passed since my mother was diagnosed I was still given the same diet suggestions from my doctor when I was diagnosed as prediabetic, but again it didn’t help me to lower my sugar levels either. It took me being scared about following in my mother's footsteps and feeling hopeless because I was following my doctor's orders and it still wasn’t working, to be so desperate for something that would help that I sat down at my computer and did so much research I felt like I was writing a research paper in school.
That’s when I heard about the keto diet, which pushed me to do even more research so I could make sure I was doing it the right way. I was so confused and overwhelmed because there are so many different forms of keto out there today. I wasn’t sure where I should start or who I should listen to. In the end I decided to follow as closely as I could to the way it was originally designed to be about 100 years ago. Which turned out to be the best way of eating for me. Because the day I walked into my doctors office and he told me I was no longer prediabetic I was so happy I had found keto.