Yes, diabetes is reversible. But trust me, it’s not easy. For some people it is though. It depends, how easily can you handle changes? As you are changing your food pattern, you’ll be changing yourself. And that might be quite confronting from time to time.
What’s your health worth to you? Wanna give it a shot? Maybe you’ll get inspired by this guy, Scott Brick. He writes about his diabetes which he was able to reverse thanks to Robert Young’s PH Miracle Lifestyle. A miracle? Not this case, just an alkarian lifestyle…
Scott Brick (born January 30, 1966 in Santa Barbara, California) is an American actor, writer and award-winning narrator of over 600 hundreds audiobooks, including popular titles such as Moneyball, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Cloud Atlas, The Bourne Trilogy, Mystic River , I, Robot and many more. He has narrated works for a number of high profile authors including Tom Clancy, John Grisham, David Baldacci, Gene Wilder and Robert Ludlum, amongst others.
Reversing Type I Diabetes
I didn’t have a nightmarish childhood by any means, but there was its share of hardship. Job loss, divorce, that kind of thing; nothing traumatic, but I nevertheless took solace in food. The idea of comfort food hadn’t been invented yet, at least in the pop culture lexicon, but food is definitely how I took comfort: lunches in high school were purchased in the snack bar, NOT the cafeteria, and was typically two of whatever was made by Hostess (Twinkies, Ding-Dongs, Fruit Pies, what have you), washed down by either Coke or Hawaiian Punch. A hearty American meal, right?
So maybe it’s no surprise I was diagnosed with Type I diabetes when I was nineteen years old; rather, I think the surprise is that it didn’t affect my eating habits all that much. For a year or two I was good, I was even what you might call strict, but eventually I learned how to handle what I considered a normal sugar intake on insulin. Plus, I had two doctors tell me the same thing: we don’t care how much sugar you eat, just make sure you’re eating a low-fat diet, in order to stave off long-term side-effects that in older generations typically resulted in the amputation of fingers or toes. (Seriously, telling a diabetic that you DIDN’T CARE how much sugar he eats…? I don’t blame them, I blame ME, but still, c’mon, have an ounce of common sense why don’t you?)
Still, for the first twenty years of my life after my diagnosis, my health was pretty decent, as was my weight. However, about four years ago, my work life started having an effect. I’m an audiobook narrator, so as you can imagine much of my life is spent sitting in a chair. I work with thousand dollar microphones that can hear it when you bend your elbow, so trust me when I say there’s NO movement involved in my job, no healthy activity that might conceivably pass for exercise.
And I’m blessed to be in demand in my chosen profession, so I found myself working more and more hours. Well, the more hours you work, the poorer your eating habits become, isn’t that a rule or a law somewhere? And the more tired you are from work, the less you exercise, isn’t that a similar regulation?
Well, if not law, it was certainly the practice in my life. In a year when I found myself working ten or twelve hours days, six (but more like seven) days a week, I suddenly found myself about thirty pounds heavier than I typically was. Having spent most of my life at about 180-190 pounds, I suddenly found myself hovering at 216. Oy.
I decided to try something new at New Year’s 2010 – I decided to try a fruit and vegetable cleanse. Three weeks of living on basically only one category in the food pyramid was a wake-up call for me, but I survived, and lost sixteen pounds, putting me right at the two century mark. Great start, I thought, but there was still work that needed to be done.
Well, 2010 was also the year I met Tess, a year that saw a wonderful amount of change in my life. Dating a vegan was not something I’d expected to ever happen, yet I’ve always tried to embrace change rather than fear it, so I dove in feet first. (Thank God I’d had that trial run of three weeks with only fruit and vegetables, it made my upcoming transition bearable, and far less of a shock.)
Tess introduced me to Dr Robert O Young and The pH Miracle, the vegan alkaline diet that is devoid of any type of food I’d been stuffing myself with for years, and extraordinarily effective with Type I diabetics, many of whom ultimately stopped taking insulin. I started out giving up meat; I was a vegetarian for several months before going “vegan.” It was an easier transition, I thought, less culture shock.
Then came the shift to being vegan, which wasn’t easy, I have to admit. There were days when I was so exhausted that Tess said, “C’mon, let’s go to a restaurant and get you some fish.” I felt like an addict weaning myself slowly, rather than facing the agony of withdrawals.
And really, that’s what I was. Food is by all means an addiction, as is any learned behavior. I had to break myself of mine, and it hasn’t been easy, I’m the first to admit that. Rather than craving meat, I found myself dreaming of grains, of rice or bread or please God just a handful of Wheat Thins. Still, the body learned bad behavior over time, it can learn good behavior as well. And without even trying to lose more weight, I lost a ton. I got as low as 166, literally fifty pounds lighter than I’d been at my heaviest. Weight was dropping off me like hot fudge off a sundae.
There finally came the day this past December when I found myself at the Southern California ranch of Dr. Robert O. Young, whose book THE PH MIRACLE has had such a profound impact on both Tess’ life and mine. I was excited to meet Dr Young, and I’d planned on being there a week and was really curious what kind of an impact the diet and exercise regimen would have on me by that end of that time.
A week? Not even! Within two days, I was down to a single unit of insulin a night, when my previous dosage was 25-30. And that night’s dosage was taken more for comfort than out of necessity. Again, learned behavior; I was more comfortable dealing with the devil I knew than the one I didn’t. Embracing change doesn’t necessarily mean it isn’t scary.
Now, these many months later, I’m not off insulin completely; but I remain on a MOSTLY vegan alkaline diet, and I’m much happier. Whereas my breakfasts used to consist of cereal and milk, or bacon and eggs, or doughnuts and orange juice, or a combination of all the above, my mornings are now spent blending something along the lines of spinach, cucumber, an avocado and two limes into a vegetable smoothie in our Vitamix and drinking it down.
Lunches at the studio, which used to be grilled cheese, hamburgers or burritos are now typically vegetable soups, salads, or the (very occasional) veggie-burger patty – no bun. Dinners, which were never quite as bad as the Cheetos and beer I joke about with Tess – though yes, there were a few nights when it was popcorn and Coke – are more likely to be vegan salads, soups, stir-fried veggies, or even the occasional salmon salad or vegan fried rice!
It’s so hard to recognize my life anymore. I mean, who knew that the Junk-Food Kid’s splurge meal would suddenly become a salmon salad? (Thank you, California Canteen, I am a convert!)
Tess often introduces me as a vegan, yet I feel guilty claiming to being such; so many vegans have made their choice based on passionate feelings about their fellow living creatures – the so-called Meat Is Murder vegans – while I am not that person. I’ve made my decision because of health reasons, and am more addicted to fish than ever. In all truth I’d have to label myself a pescatarian with vegan tendencies. I will get there…..in time.
Still, it’s a long way from the junk food junkie I used to be. And it never would have happened without Tess. Not just her encouragement, but her example, and her website. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve turned to it to make my life easier. It never would have happened if I’d had to do it all on my own. I am also so grateful to Dr Young and his staff. His knowledge really opened my eyes to a new way of living that I will always be grateful for. I look forward to recording the audiobook of The pH Miracle, and continuing my work with him.
If you’re someone who’s considering making such a change yourself, I won’t lie to you and say it’s been easy, or that it continues to be easy. Yet I will tell you I’m grateful every day that I made the change. I remember the way I used to eat and all I can think is, that way lies madness. And obesity. And heart disease, tooth decay and an early grave. Thank God for Tess. On so many levels.