James' system was breaking
It was too much for James*. His father was ill, and he was travelling back east frequently to help with his father's healthcare. Combined with his business travel, lots of stress, and the difficulty he faced finding the right foods on the road, it was just way to hard for James to eat well and keep his blood sugar down. He was feeling tired, frustrated, and ashamed.
About 3 years ago James found great success controlling both his blood sugar and his weight by following a ketogenic diet. He'd lost over 50 pounds, and when everything was ticking just right, all of his blood sugar numbers were excellent. He'd even been able to stop one of his diabetes medicines. And he felt really good.
The problem was that he needed to devote a fair amount of effort to keeping on track. Shopping for groceries ahead of time, packing lunches, and keeping his stress down helped him stay on track. When life was "normal," this was all very manageable.
However, with all the stress he was going through now, it was just too much to ask to handle all of these details, and his system was breaking down.
Advice for maintaining health when the world seems like it's on fire
James' story comes from last summer, but I thought it was a great example for what is going on in our world right this very minute. With the spread of coronavirus, everyone is going through some type of disruption and stress similar to James. The gyms are closed, grocery stores have unstable supplies, and many of us are cooped up at home with stressed-out family members who we love but who also can drive us nuts.
So how can you keep your health on track during this time? Does it even matter?
Let me share a couple thoughts with you:
I know that this current lockdown will end, and I'm hopeful our culture will be stronger because of what we're enduring right now. A little attention to your health now will ideally have you ready and at your best when we do emerge on the other side of this great challenge.
Stay warm and safe.
Dr. Topher Fox
*names changed for privacy
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