I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes a few years ago. Initially, I was doing well with managing my blood sugar. I mean, I had a few days when I ate poorly, but for the most part, I was eating fairly well.
Then life happened. I lost my job in October 2016. At the time, I didn’t think that I was depressed, but I will admit that fried chicken, potato chips, and Snickers candy bars became my new best friends. Yes, of course, I knew eating these types of foods were wrong.
With mounting pressure of bills, being away from my family, and feeling totally stressed out about where my life was heading, I let food comfort me.
Unfortunately, my decision to eat unhealthy caused additional problems in my life. I went from working out 3 to 4 days per week to not working out at all. I used to eat meat once a day then I started eating meat with every meal. Gone were the days when I had morning smoothies and nighly green juices.
In August 2017, I decided to move back to Arkansas. I thought this would be the answer to all of my prayers. The move would allow me the opportunity to be closer to my family and I could work on my eating habits, so I thought.
Oh, how I was so wrong. I moved back home, and I was in food heaven. My aunt prepared food that would knock me out instantly after I’ve taken my last bite. Her ribs would be so tender that the meat would fall off the bones and her homemade pound cakes would put a smile on my face for weeks. I was eating good, homemade soul food every day. I indulged in dishes that I didn’t know how to prepare. Worst of all, I jumped right back into the Gulley’s family tradition, fried fish every Friday. This has been a ritual in my family since I was a child.
Within a few weeks, my blood sugar readings skyrocketed. My morning fasting numbers would be 180 and above. I continued to take my normal dosage of medicine, but I noticed my numbers continued to stay high.
One day, I was driving home and I felt this burning pain on the right side of my body. I haven’t felt this type of pain in years since the day I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. It was at this moment that I had to face the truth. Having high blood sugars on a daily basis was starting to negatively affect my body. I could no longer play Russian roulette with my life.
That weekend, I went home and watch several documentaries on Youtube about diabetes. I discovered that some people have been able to reverse their diabetes through dieting and exercising. I decided that if they could do it, so could I.
That night, I made up my mind that I would join the vegan movement. Sometimes, I can be a bit of a procrastinator. Since the holidays were around the corner, I knew it would be extremely difficult for me to pass up my aunt’s homemade dressing. I convinced myself that since I was going to become a vegan, I should eat some of my favorite dishes one last time.
New Year’s Eve was the last time that I ate meat. My last dinner consisted of black eye peas, smoked turkey necks, and a bake sweet-potato. I finished the meal with a glass of sweet ice tea paired with a slice of homemade lemon pound cake.
Today is 1/1/2018. It’s a new year and a new me. I am prepared mentally and physically to change my health and my life.
I created this website because I want to share my story with you. I want to take you along with me on my health journey as I go from eating poorly to a Whole Food Plant-Based Diet. I am determined in 2018 to gain control over my type 2 diabetes and other areas of my life.
Each week, I will post a new blog entry. I will be sharing what I ate in a day, my fitness routines, career updates, and maybe some funny stories about my life.
I hope when you leave D.Gulley.com, you feel inspired to get healthy. Rather you have diabetes or not, you can join me in adopting a vegan lifestyle.