Today’s blog is inspired by my conversation with my co-author in the Women Who Inspire book, Missy A. Garcia. The thing about Missy that most inspires me is how she took charge of her life, especially her physical health, doing the things that made sense for her body, going against the “norm” even as she worked in traditional medicine. She and I discussed the importance of doing your own research, paying attention to how your body reacts to certain foods and medicines and really being an advocate for your own health. It was a very important conversation for me at this time.
As a kid, I was encouraged to eat my vegetables and play outside. Then, as I grew up, microwave ovens became popular, TV and video games became the norm and as much as my parents tried, there words of wisdom about health fell on deaf ears as I began to try one fad diet after another wanting so badly to fit the new ideal of beauty perpetuated in magazines. As a naturally curvy girl who grew much faster than those around me (I was taller than all the boys in my class until around the age of 13) coming of age during the waif era of Kate Moss, I definitely felt like a giant and it took a toll on my body that I wouldn’t really understand until this year.
Next month I will turn 40. I don’t feel 40 until I have to do something physical. But, I’m very accident prone and my body has been through a lot so in all fairness, my body has physically always felt more like an 80 year old body. However, this year I was diagnosed with diabetes and I realized I needed to take control of my health in a way I had never done before. I stopped ALL dieting, had a conversation with my doctor to make a plan to cure my diabetes and got to work on eating more healthy. This includes taking my blood sugar levels every 2 to 3 hours, keeping a detailed food journal and paying attention to what I’m putting in my body and what I’m doing with my body (stress and exercise really effect my blood sugar). Doing this has made me super aware of how my body works and how what I do effects it.
I am also taking medication with the intent on weaning off of it once my blood sugar levels are under control. That said, I had to be my own advocate when my doctor prescribed a medication that made me feel strange and gave me suicidal thoughts. It was a really scary moment but because I was aware and paying such close attention, I was able to catch it, stop taking the medication and have a conversation with my doctor immediately. Doctors aren’t perfect and no medication has the same effect on everyone. I remember a time when I would have been scared to tell my doctor when a medication wasn’t working but, not anymore. That’s the part of the conversation with Missy I’m most excited to share with you when her episode airs on Sept. 7th. It’s so empowering to hear her story about learning to stand up for herself and her health.
I do hope you’ll listen and be inspired to take charge of your life and your health. To get notifications about the podcast, please sign up for my mailing list. And, to learn more about Missy and what she’s doing to help others take charge of their health, please follow her on social media:
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