Tingling in Feet – How Tea Reversed Type 2 Diabetes and Neuropathy

Tingling in Feet – How Tea Reversed Type 2 Diabetes and Neuropathy

November 9, 2019 37 By Bertrand Dibbert


I’ve had issues for a long time with my gallbladder,
with acid reflux, with headaches, debilitating headaches, with brain fog. Like, a whole slew of crazy things. But then, when I jumped in with
both feet, and started doing the eating Program, it was like within a week or two, it felt
like all of those things, those headaches, everything,
was gone. I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes about
5 years ago, a little over 5 years ago. I had been
prediabetic for probably another 5 years before that. Cooking is one of my hobbies, and my husband
loves to eat. When we moved into our house
about 4 years ago, that really took it over the edge. I don’t have it anymore though, that’s the
great thing. Completely gone. Not even prediabetic anymore, so I’m really
happy about that. I never enjoyed taking the medications. Like, Metformin is not my friend. I spent probably 2
years refusing to take the medications, and then I went to a different doctor and she
said, “No, really, you need to take the medication. Oh, by the way, we’re going to make you take
more”. Because I told her, I said it wasn’t working. It’s not working. So she wanted me to take more
medication, so I did, I’ll try it. And my neuropathy in my feet, even though
my A1c went down to a respectable 7.2, the neuropathy in my feet got really bad, and
that’s what scared me enough to say “I got to figure
this out”, because walking is not something to be taking for granted, on your own two
feet. One of the things that happened was I felt
and broke my ankle about 3 and half years ago. And
so, they had to put in a metal plate and a whole bunch of screws, and in the process
of doing that surgery, caught a whole bunch of nerve
endings in my foot. So it was already bad to begin
with, from that, and then the neuropathy in top of that, it was just like crazy. So, one foot, I went for a walk and I was
like “I’m going to get better, I’m going to start
exercising”. So I went for a walk one day, and it was like
my foot was asleep, and it never woke up. The whole time I was walking, for like 40
minutes. And it never, you know, it was like that
pins and needles sensation of “my foot is asleep”. And because I had already fallen once and
broken my ankle, I was very scared that I was going to do that again, because I couldn’t
feel my foot. I would be walking and have to look at the
ground and be like, “what’s going on?”. So, I
said, “this got to stop, this definitely is not okay”. I watched all the videos and started following
the eating plan, and doing all of that stuff. And I
really enjoyed the Facebook group, and people sharing their questions, and their setbacks,
and their wins. It was really helpful to see all of that. In addition to having type 2 diabetes, I’ve
had issues for a long time with my gallbladder, with
acid reflux, with headaches, debilitating headaches, with brain fog. Like, a whole slew of crazy
things. And when I started the program, I had already
been intermittent fasting for like 3 weeks before that. So I was starting already to see some really
good benefits. I’ve testing my blood
sugar 3, 4 times a day, trying to get an idea of what what’s affecting it, how’s the fasting
affecting it, and how was what I was eating affecting it. So, I was starting to get a really good
handle in it. But then, when I jumped in with both feet,
and started doing the eating Program, it was like within a week or two, it felt like
all of those things, those headaches, everything, was
gone. And I was like, “Wow, that’s really cool”. Because I’m 53 years old, and I can tell you,
I mean when I went back to school a year and a
half ago, and I was really scared that I wasn’t going to be able to make it through because
of my brain fog, and my energy levels and everything,
but I feel 10 years younger. So, and I don’t
need a nap anymore in the afternoon. I can get through. And I can walk across campus. Working full time and going to school at night,
and trying to maintain the household here at
home. I got a lot going on, I never really said
“I don’t have time to make all of this, chop this
vegetables”. You know what? If I can do it, so can you. It’s definitely worth it to put that time
and energy in. I don’t have… I sleep well now, I don’t have any headaches. I used to eat Advil, like two, three
times a day, because of my headaches. And I haven’t had any for 4 months now, at
all, so I’m very happy about that. My husband also type 2 diabetes, and high
cholesterol, and all these other things. So, I never
said to him “you must do this with me”. I said, “I’m going to do this, and I’ll make
you your food this way, and if you don’t want to eat that,
that’s fine”. So, he probably follows the program for
about 50%. If I’m not home, and he has to eat dinner
on his own, he’ll go and get bean burritos from Taco Bell. But he still lost like 30 pounds, and he’s
doing much better, and went to the doctor and all of his numbers are way down. So, you know, his doctor is thrilled and cut
down his medications. But when I was starting all of this and I
needed to feed everybody in the house, I was like “Okay,
how am I going to do this, and make it easy for him?” Because he works from home, and make
it easy for me. So, I noticed that people were doing this
thing called “batch cooking” on the weekends, and like, yeah, that makes a lot
of sense. And I have an Instant Pot, and I can totally
do this, I can make a bunch of beans, and a bunch of rice, or some kind of grain, and
put those in the freezer in single serving containers. And then just take one of those out of the
freezer, before I go to work every morning. So, making sure that you have stuff that is
easy to put together is super helpful. You know,
making sure that your pantry has all of the little dos that you want. I would make like a jar of oil-
free dressing on the weekend, so I have that available. And when I go to work in the morning, because
I basically would be eating breakfast, lunch, and
dinner out from the home, I would have this huge shopping bag of food that I would take
with me. So, I mean, it can be done, for sure. And it would only take me probably 15 minutes
in the morning to put it all together. So, I would have the beans and rice already
done, and then I would just look in my produce drawer and say “Oh, what do I need to use
up?”. So, I either take some of that with me to
work, or I chop it up at home and put it in a bag
and take it with me. And then, when I ate, whether I
was eating in my car at school, or eating at the office, it was super easy to just pull
everything together. I think one of my favorite’s go-to at school
meal would be a whole wheat pita with some hummus and cucumber, and maybe some spinach
rolled up with some sriracha. And it’s a
perfect little meal. You don’t need a microwave, you don’t anything,
you just put it together and you can eat it in your car. I was trying to eat really healthy, but I
didn’t realize how much fat I was still eating. So, a typical
day before that would be like a big salad for lunch, but my salad would have an entire
avocado in it, and a bunch of nuts on top. Not to mention the tahini dressing that I
bought, from the bottle. So, you know, that was easily 30, 40 grams
of fat if not more, right there. And then, we would go out to dinner a lot,
and have a burger and fries. Because I felt with my
one salad I was making it so that I could eat whatever that I needed to eat at night,
with my husband, who definitely wanted to eat that
way. So we were eating some of that. We had typical breakfasts on the weekends. We’d go out. That’s another thing, we would go out
to get breakfast on the weekends and have, you know, the eggs and bacon, and waffles,
and the typical. I mean, “It’s only once a week, right? So how bad can it be?”. So, we used to do that
a lot. We still go out for breakfast now, but we
have found some really good vegan places to go to,
they are not as low-fat, but I know how to order, so that’s definitely better. But now, typically what I do is, I eat breakfast
around 10, 10:30, and I have somewhere between 3 or 4 different servings of fruits. I don’t even, I was doing all the chia seeds,
flax seeds and stuff on it originally, but I got to the point where
I’m like, “You know what? I don’t need to do that, and
I really enjoy the fruit just on its own”, so I save that whole chia seed mixture thing
for the weekends now. So I’ll just have a banana, and an orange,
and an apple, or a bunch of grapes, or some melon. You know, like all the fruits right now are
there. Costco mangoes, kiwis. Every
day is a different breakfast of fruits. And I’ll bring a bowl of those down to my
husband’s office and say “Here you go, eat it when you can”. So I’m trying to keep him on track too. Lunch is usually a leftover from dinner from
the night before. So, last night we had thai peanut
noodles with cucumber, and bell pepper, and cabbage, and green onions, and all of these
good things with a little bit of tofu in there. So I had that for lunch today. And dinner is usually a little bit lighter. So I might just do some roasted vegetables
and a grain with some sauce on it. I feel awesome. I’m not trying to do portion controls, because
I’m not worrying about fat, I’m not eating the fats. So, I’m eating usually, I don’t know, 500-ish
calories, maybe 600-ish calories of vegetables. That’s a lot of vegetables. The beans and rice will obviously give you
a little more density. But I’m full, I’m not depriving myself at
all. I don’t feel the need for snacks. I don’t feel the need
for dessert. If I do, every once in a while, I have popsicles
that I make out of fruit, so I just put them in the blender and then in the freezer. So, yeah, it’s funny because I definitely
can be addicted to food, or I have been in the past,
and I haven’t felt that. I haven’t felt the cravings at
all. It used to be like, let’s go get a PayDay
candy bar. There was definitely some of that
addicted to sugar and oil going on. The thing that’s important to know is that,
A it works, B there’s a lot of support from lots of
knowledgeable people who have been through it. So, you will have all of the support you need. What I found to be the most important, for
me, it was just to know what my motivation was. It
can be really hard when your whole family doesn’t want to eat that way, and you’re like,
“Look, I need to do this, and I would like your support”,
and sometimes they don’t want that. So, having
a community that will have your back around that can be the most important thing to keep
you from feeling like you’re all alone on that. I would say that I’ve been pretty blessed
that my husband has been quite as supportive about
it, you know. He only teases me probably 2 or 3
times a week now, that he’s not getting his eggs and bacon on the regular. But, you know, it’s really nice to be able
to go for a walk and not be out of breath. And it’s really
nice to be able to sleep through the night. And it’s really nice to not have to take all
of that medication. You just have to keep reminding yourself about
why you’re going through it. And
once you get over the hunt of making all these changes of habit, then it’s n ot an issue
anymore. It may seem like you’re at the bottom of this
really huge mountain right now if you’re just starting
out and you’re just like, “Oh no, how am I ever going to do this?”. But, you can do it. You
absolutely can. The decision trees were really helpful to
look at, even, I wasn’t one of those that necessarily needed some feedback about why
this or that was happening. But I see a lot of
people who sometimes are just like, “I don’t understand what I’m doing wrong”, and those
decision trees really do come in handy. So, you know, it might seem like a lot of
homework or whatever, but your life is worth it. My life
is worth it. In the past, because I thought I had a low
blood sugar problem, I thought I would have to eat
every 2 and half or 3 hours, or else I’ll be crashing. And since I’ve been on this program, and
since I’ve been doing the intermittent fasting I can go, like, I’ve gotten all the way down
to not having any meals and not freaking out about
it. There’s nothing for me to eat, I’m okay with
that, I can totally drink water or whatever and
just be, “That’s cool!”.