Both Sides of the Clinical Desk

Introduction: Making Health a Habit picks up where A Dietitian’s Journey left off and provides general health information that can be applied to almost anyone for lowering insulin resistance, keeping blood sugar at a healthy level, maintaining a healthy body weight, or building muscle mass, or may simply be my opinion on different matters related to a low carb or ketogenic diet. Making Health a Habit are short videos (< 5 minutes) or short blogs on health-related topics and are quite different than Science Made Simple articles, which are longer, research-focused articles.

This is the 4th entry in the new series titled “Making Health a Habit”, which can be found here.

This photo was liked 370 times on Twitter and 120 times on Facebook in less than 24 hours, which astounded me.  I think it’s because people can identify with what I looked like on the left. 

I am a Dietitian but I clearly had a “weight problem”. Despite having 2 degrees on the wall that indicate that I should have “known better” I was still obese. While the BSc from McGill in Nutritional Sciences and the MSc from UBC in Human Nutrition gave me tools that I could apply to myself to lose weight,  I found it very difficult to eat a low fat, calorie restricted diet, especially given that all I do all day is talk about food.

Not only was I obese, but I  also had Type 2 Diabetes for 8 years and my HbA1C kept gradually rising, year after year. Like many who are in the same boat, I then developed high blood pressure.

I was a mess.

I was a fat Dietitian.

Then I heard about the therapeutic use of a low carbohydrate diet from a retired physician friend and my life, and my clinical practice changed.  Not right away, of course — but the more I read in the literature about it, the more I became convinced that this was not something I could simply write off as another “fad diet”.

I began using a low carbohydrate approach with some of my clients and then when I was sick enough and tired enough of feeling ‘sick and tired’, I did for myself what I do for others. I designed a Meal Plan for myself. And the rest, as they say, is ‘history’.

The photo below was the result of a whim to wear the same camisole and crocheted top on Friday night that I wore two years ago — just to see the difference when I’d later compare the two pictures.

When I compared them, it was almost unreal.

I used to look like that and what was far worse, was that I was really metabolically sick.

I’m not any more and I think THAT I am not struck a chord with people.

That is why I think it was liked and shared so much in such a short period of time — because people could identify with the process (either because they’ve been through it themselves or because they want to).

Twitter post, April 20, 2019

The whole story of reclaiming my healthy (March 5-2017 – March 4, 2019) is under “A Dietitian’s Journey”. 

In short, I lost 55 pounds, put the symptoms of Type 2 Diabetes into remission and lowered my blood pressure. I did it without being hungry all the time and without taking medication to accomplish it. I did what I teach my clients to do and no surprise, it worked.

I made reclaiming my health a priority.

As I’ve often explained, I did it “as if my life depended on it” because it did.

Yes, I understand the process from both sides of the clinical desk — as a Dietitian and as a formerly obese person with major health issues.

I hope that by having my “fat pictures” out there from the beginning, I’ve encouraged you that I believed in advance that I was going to be successful.  I did.

And here I am.

I haven’t “arrived”.  I am simply making health a habit.

If I can help you do the same, please let me know.

To your good health!

Joy

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