There are many places a person with type 1 diabetes can be. Some are great while some can be flat defeating. I have been on both ends of the spectrum. Currently, diabetes is more of just a nuisance that I have to take care of on a daily basis. Do I still would like for me or my family not to have to deal with it? Of course. I would love to not have to prick my finger a bunch of times during the day or give myself shots. For over 26 years, that has been a daily thing. I honestly don”t remember too well my non diabetic years. Type 1 is not who I am, but it is a part of me that requires some major attention and responsibility. One of the best things I have done to help with my diabetes has been connecting with Dr. Trevor Kashey and the Relentless Dietetics team.
I was in contact with Dr. Kashey a little over two years ago. At first, I was focused on enhancing my performance with strongman and powerlifting. Nutrition was a struggle of mine. I had a negative outlook on food and had zero structure. I tried everything under the sun diet wise. I tried Paleo, keto, the Zone, Carb Nite, Carb Backloading, IIFYM, and everything else it seems. The problem I ran into on my own were all the restrictions. I saw some foods as bad and others were good. I fell into the trap of thinking dogmatic about some of these ideals.
When I first started with Dr. Kashey my A1C was around 7.2. This wasn’t horrible, but definitely not the greatest. Working with Dr. Kashey has given me structure with my food and food choices. I know exactly how much to eat each meal and things are easy. My insulin usage is almost the same everyday. One cool thing is that when I see a blood sugar of 150 or so, I consider this to be high compared to a few years ago where it was normal. My most current A1C was 5.8 which is an average of 120. I am looking forward to see how this number can continue to improve.
Each day I have a plan with my food. I know how much insulin I will need and more importantly food is no longer a stress. There still are times when I just want to say the heck with it and restrict myself or binge. I have been there and have done that. It is amazing when you reflect back things and how things really went. Each week, I check in with Dr. Kashey through email with my nutrition numbers, body weight and photos. He will give me feedback, adjustments, advice, but most importantly he asks me some great questions that challenge me to levels that I would have never expected. The physical changes that my body have undertaken has been great, but the mental growth out weighs the physical here. Our emails have improved how I do everything on a daily basis. Parenting, being a husband, and how I teach are all positively affected beyond belief.
This April, the Relentless Dietetics team had a retreat for their members in Florida. It was a no brainer whether or not I should attend. I wanted the opportunity to talk with and thank the people that have made a huge difference in my life. The whole team has been very influential. The weekend was filled with some great conversations and very therapeutic. To talk with other people that have very different backgrounds, but yet have so much in common was life changing. The weekend helped me to realize that I am not Jeffrey Huet, type 1 diabetic. The question of “who am I?” is what went through my mind during our conversations. I wrote around 20 plus pages of notes about my experiences and action steps for the future. The most important one was that it is okay for me to enjoy the person I am and let others love me. I wasn’t really sure where the conversations were going to go, but I am very thankful they did go the mindset route.
Diabetes is a part of me. It is not who I am. The structure and love that Dr. Kashey has shown me has brought a level of peace to my life. The weight of a disease is off of my shoulders and I can live. Will my diabetes ever go away? Probably not, but it is just one piece of the puzzle. Structure. Love.