Many people wished me today on my 68th birthday, by calling, mailing and posting on Facebook and Linkedin. Thank you for caring and for the kind thoughts, friends.
The year that has gone by has been wonderful in many ways.
My grandson Dhruv, who will be three in three months, keeps me entertained. Watching him grow has been wonderful and emotionally the most rewarding experience of life. Today when he wished “Happy Birthday,” I was choked with joy.
Teaching two subjects at National College – Software Testing and Data Analytics – has been an excellent learning experience. In the class I discuss the technology I apply and my applications improve because of what I teach.
I have read more books during the last year than earlier, averaging 3 per month. Today my daughter gifted me two books by Michael Pollan – The Botany of Desire and The Omnivore’s Dilemma. She chose these books for a reason; they talk about food.
I had no dilemma being an herbivore, vegetarian. I never craved for any kind of food. Dieting to reduce weight was not my need any time as I have mostly been underweight or just the right weight. I ate without restriction or guilt, but I have been a poor eater. But, the restrictions on sweets, fruits, and carbohydrates came from my doctor eleven years ago when I was found to be diabetic.
After discovering that I was diabetic, scores of papers and books I read indicated that it would be a condition for the lifetime. Doctors told me, “Once you are diabetic, you are so for life.” So be it. Many of my aunts, uncles, and cousins, paternal and maternal, were diabetic and it is in my genes. My echo chamber confirmed this for years. With minimal medicines, I maintained the blood glucose levels within limits. My life and work were not affected.
Then, Sumir gifted me a ticket to a daylong workshop by Dr. Nandita Shah of SHARAN, held on 6th Feb 2017. Dr. Shah, President’s Nari Shakti Awardee this year, explained how we can reverse diabetes and heart diseases by eating what we should and by avoiding what we should not eat. That changed my idea about the irreversibility of diabetes. My previous thoughts about, and practice of, a healthy diet was not healthy enough. I turned into a vegan, adopted oil-free cooking, ate more vegetables and much more fruits of all varieties.
I read dozens of books on the subject and visited scores of websites talking about food for health. Again, they echoed my new found guidelines for Low-Fat Plant-Based Whole Food (LFPBWF). Carbohydrates and fruits, considered bad for diabetes, came back to my meals. Fat and milk (and all the milk products) went out.
After taking medicine for diabetes for ten years, I stopped them 7 months ago. My sugar level now is below what it was with medicine. The cholesterol counts are better too, well within limits.
More than anything, it is a wonderful feeling to be free of all medicines. I feel more energetic and cheerful.
Dr. Nandita Shah will conduct her next workshop in Bangalore on 28 Jan 2018. See the details at <https://sharan-india.org/events/reversing-diabetes-and-hypertension-29/>. I have benefited from her workshop and recommend it.
Below are some references you can explore:
I also recommend the following books from which I have benefited, in the order of my preference:
- Program for Reversing Diabetes by Dr. Neal Bernard
- How Not to Die by Dr. Michael Greger
- Power Food for Brain by Dr. Neal Bernard
- Eat to Live by Dr. Joel Fuhrman
- The China Study by Dr. Colin Campbell
- The Food Revolution by John Robbins (son of Robin of Baskin&Robins )