Today is the last day of National Diabetes Month- and in many ways it's been a great month. I've connected with many more people with diabetes than I ever thought possible. I've started new diabetes-related projects that will stretch through 2016 and beyond, and I've had a great time writing for diaVerge, for our second complete month.
Through all of this, I've noticed a disturbing trend.
More and more lately, there has been finger pointing, name calling and other overt nastiness e within the online diabetes communities.
While I generally choose to ignore this behavior, my friends are becoming divided and each group is bad-talking the other. Not just between the high-carb vs low-carb diabetes factions, but even between the low carb groups.
As I say often on diaVerge.com, "We're on this path together!"
We NEED each other and the support of our online (and real-world) communities.
We all have different lives, different motivations, different goals.
While low carb IS right for me, I don't strictly limit to 30 grams of carbs per day. Sometimes I eat 40 or even 50 grams of carbs per day (as seen here) and I'm okay with that. There is no one-size fits all diet, and that's even stated in Dr. Bernstein's Diabetes Solution, as I wrote about previously here.
I occasionally eat tomatoes and onions, while still following Dr. Bernstein's program. Some prefer not to eat these foods because of the blood glucose spike, and that's fine, too.
I write about low carb because it's completely changed my life for the better and I no longer feel the anger and resentment towards diabetes that I used to feel when I was eating high carb. I want to tell my story and lead my example, but I also show that there is NOT ONE perfect way.
We each have to find what works for us as individuals, and each strive to be better than we were yesterday.
Whether you're eating the standard American diet, Paleo, AIP, LCHF, LCHP or Ketogenic, whether you use a pump, MDI's and/or a CGM...
We're all in this together, walking the same rocky path of Diabetes. Navigating the same turbulent waters. However you want to visualize it, WE NEED EACH OTHER!
I personally want you in my life, and on this journey with me.
Let's please be kind, and let's do our best to be better than we were yesterday.