Health-e-Solutions comment: Is lifestyle transformation hard work? You bet it is! Is it worth it? Absolutely! We tell our family we are following the Health-e-Solutions (HeS) lifestyle not only for our own health, but for the health of future generations who will also benefit epigenetically from our decisions and lifestyle.
The following is a story of struggle from a family with a boy with type 1 diabetes who has made the transition from the typical western lifestyle to the HeS lifestyle. Some have tremendous struggles, while others sail through with very little disturbance. This family had quite a struggle but persistence caused them to prevail in the end.
Most people’s experience falls somewhere in the middle. No matter what the level of struggle you face, we believe it is worth it on the other side. Typical societal pressures will face you on this transformational journey, but you will be at the forefront of what we believe is not just a lifestyle choice, but an absolute necessity. Otherwise our future as individuals, families, people groups and nations is at risk of ever-increasing chronic and lifestyle-associated diseases.
“Here is our HeS diet-changing story. Although admittedly full of flaws and wrong tactics, I hope it encourages you anyway, while on your journey. I can start by saying that [our son] is really pretty good at eating most things I fix… now, but it didn’t come without some pretty big challenges. It was a very difficult and sometimes extremely frustrating time (true for our whole family, I’m sure).
“I remember making at least 2 semi-panicked phone calls to Dan because all [our son] would eat, it seemed, was the HeS pancake and pizza recipes. He had stopped liking/eating salads right before I started the HeS diet (great timing, huh?) and I was beside myself – partly because they scared me half to death at the Diabetes Clinic telling me that he wouldn’t grow if I didn’t feed him enough carbs, etc. or often enough or whatever the reasons were (I’m not saying they didn’t have any validity, they just didn’t apply to [our son] anymore and I still had those reasons playing in my head), and partly because he stopped eating the mainstay of the HeS diet (i.e., salads and things that are green).
“Dan walked me through all that and reassured me that, given time, [our son’s] tastes would change and he would start eating more as I tried more recipes and found more that he liked (he was right!). However, at the time, I still felt guilty and scared and wondered if he would ever eat anything else.”
“Sometimes it would take quite a while (and a lot of energy) to get him distracted enough (and calm enough due to the fact that he was upset about something food related that he couldn’t have) for me to just get a bite of food in his mouth – we sometimes would watch videos or I’d give him a bite while he was playing a game or playing with his cars (and not paying attention to what was coming towards his mouth). Sometimes he was ok with the food (maybe he was just hungry and it wasn’t really “that bad”!) and sometimes not. Sometimes I would just sit at the table with him on my lap; him not wanting to eat, and me wanting to cry (sometimes I did).
“Other times I would just get him calm from an episode like that and he would finally be more receptive to eating, when all of a sudden, one of his sisters or brother would walk right in front of him eating something like a banana. He would ask if he could have one too, and I would tell him, “no, sweetie, that’s not on the ‘no-shot-diet'” (that’s what we called the HeS diet for a while). I would try to comfort him by telling him I wasn’t going to eat one either, but to no avail. The whole battle would start over again – rounds of crying and me trying to do anything I could to get him distracted and calm. That would last for about the next 15 – 20 minutes. Other times he would run to the refrigerator to try and get something else to eat (not on the Hes diet) and I’d have the same battle again.
“I can’t say I was at my most loving disposition when someone walked out with a banana or whatever food it happened to be. Whoever it was would undoubtedly get “the look” from me. That scenario happened quite a bit for a while. Then I would have to have “the talk” with everyone… again. DON’T EAT THAT FOOD IN FRONT OF HIM was what they heard countless numbers of times. I finally just stopped buying most fruits for a while (and felt badly for that, because our other kids love it and it wasn’t processed, etc.).
“It took a LOT of time getting him to eat or drink whatever it was – because I would sit and give it to him while he was busy – just to make sure he would eat. I thought, “if he will eat it this way, then I’m determined to just keep doing it until he gets used to the food. Then the food won’t be such an issue and we can go back to normal.”
“Well, I certainly can’t advocate how I went about this as the “best” way, or the most “healthy approach” to making a pretty radical change in the diet of a 4 year old, but it’s what I did and his tastes have indeed changed (as well as the rest of us, well, almost the rest of us!)! He will eat his food now when he’s hungry (yeah!), but I still find I need to stay with him to make sure he’s taking/drinking his supplements or whatever it happens to be that he needs to eat/drink. I believe this too will pass. So what can I say? He’s all boy and very much more interested in playing than taking supplements, even if they do taste like root beer or grape soda!!”
“Have a blessed day!” *
(* results may vary)
The #TypicalWesternLifestyle is killing us with chronic diseases, and you can help lead the way in a healthy new direction. We have seen our two boys with type 1 diabetes grow and thrive since January of 2008 when we started on this journey with the Health-e-Solutions lifestyle. You can travel this road better equipped than we were! Our Recipe e-Books provide alternatives to the typical high-carb, low nutrition foods that are standard fare for the typical western diet. Our Home Study Course teaches you how to implement the Health-e-Solutions lifestyle in a #PracticalLivableSustainable way for better #BloodSugarControl and thriving health. It will save you so much of the time and effort we spent learning, studying and experimenting to find the healthiest way possible to #MasterDiabetes. Our support services can make the difference between success and failure during your transformation. And our Natural Solutions will take you deeper into practical application and underlying research. We think it can form the foundation for a natural, way to better #ControlDiabetesNaturally – all types of diabetes, even (and especially) type 1 diabetes.