Three months ago I decided it was time to get my health in order. I was not feeling well on a regular basis. I was always tired, my sugars were not under control and I was experiencing some other ailments that made me feel moody, anxious and sleep poorly. Rest was scarce. When I was introduced to Dr. Michael Carozza, I thought to my- self, ‘here I go again, here’s another doctor that will say they can help me.’ For years, I’ve been upset about being diabetic and as a result I suffered not only from chronic kidney stones but fatigue, weight gain and taking more medications than I cared to admit. Frankly, I had almost accepted this was the way it was going to be for the rest of my life. I was not happy.
All my hopes and dreams of hiking some of the beautiful mountains in British Columbia were fading. I was overweight, my legs had been in constant pain and the things that I loved to do were slowly diminishing. I live in such a beautiful province with thousands of trails and stunning views. As a serious photography hobbyist, seeking for new trails and views is important to me, but was becoming a challenge. I was becoming afraid that I would not be able to do this at the rate I was going. I would have to play it safe and that’s not me.
Shortly after meeting Dr. Carozza, and some in depth testing, I made some radical changes to my diet. Although my test results were like a sucker punch to the stomach, I felt relieved that I had some answers to what was causing me to feel pain and fatigue. I was also upset that I let myself reach this point but with his encouragement, I was hopeful. My body was not functioning at optimum levels. These tests revealed things that no other doctor had bothered to check. I found out I had several food sensitivities and allergies to foods, not to mention some other deficiencies. As an overweight Type 2 Diabetic, I was at risk for heart disease, kidney failure and who knows what else. I was scared. It was time. ‘This was it,’ I said. ‘No more putting this off.’ I agreed to the plan, not a diet, rather a way of life that I set in motion, hopefully for the rest of my life.
Nothing is easy in life, but I’ve always believed you have to want something bad enough to take the necessary action to make it happen. I wanted so badly to improve my health, to reduce my medications and to lose some weight in the process. That would be the bonus. Most importantly I wanted to regulate my sugar levels, get things under control and hopefully start feeling better. I was simply tired of feeling tired. Mentally, it was difficult to focus or to be happy for long periods of time. My physical and mental well-being was at risk so nothing could stop me from making a go at this. I had seen others in the office take this challenge and they all felt better and looked better. I was inspired to take my health seriously and to make this my ‘new normal’.
Nothing is easy in life,
but I’ve always believed
you have to want something
bad enough to take
the necessary action
to make it happen.”
Three months later, I can tell you this: My sugars are more under control than they have been in the last 10-15 years. I’m taking a quarter of the insulin I was taking before. I know with persistence I may be off insulin. That is a real possibility for me now, I see it, I can almost touch it. Twenty years ago a doctor told me I would never be off insulin, I would always be a diabetic and always need meds. Today I’m hopeful and I know I can prove him wrong. For the first time in years, I have no infections, iron levels are up, energy is up, I lost 10 pounds and more to come, and best of all I’ve set goals to climb those mountains next year. I’m walking a mini- mum of 5km four to five times a week. I’m on a gluten, dairy and sugar-free meal plan. I’m not hungry and when I cheat (yes I do, especially on special occasions) I can’t wait to get back to my normal routine, my ‘new normal’. I feel like my old tired self when I cheat so I cheat very little and am very conscious of what I put in my body. My new normal feels too good to give up.
I’m so grateful for meeting Dr. Carozza and to Fred Vallozzi for caring enough to introduce him to me. He gave me hope and together we have created the possibility of a new lease on life. I feel great, I’m energetic, my legs don’t hurt, I sleep better and for the first time in years I bought a pair of jeans, and got back into a few outfits that I had in my closet. My waist is 3.5 inches thinner, my hips 4.5 inches less and my over all BDI went down too. I say there is a lot to be thankful for and lots to look forward to. I feel renewed, refreshed and am totally loving the new me. It’s not just about the weight; it’s about far more. I want to make my dreams a reality and I don’t want my dreams to be hindered by food, I want food to make we well. It comes down to determination, perseverance, and most of all, loving yourself enough to want your health back. I know that without it, nothing else is possible.
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