My Big Diet Change

I signed up with a new medical centre recently. My old medical practice was only open from Monday to Friday, which made it awkward to make an appointment. The medical centre that I go to now is open seven days a week. I can just walk in on the weekend and, providing I don’t mind waiting a while, I can see whichever doctor is working that day.

Just over a week ago, I went in to get a script from an asthma inhaler. Quite a boring request, and the sort of thing that normally only takes five minutes. However, the doctor took one look at me and realised that I wasn’t in good shape. I have known for a while that I am a overweight, and need to lose a few kilograms. I think the doctor saw this too, and decided to get an idea of what was going on inside my body.

The doctor got me to do a blood test, and a week later, I went back to get the results. While the results weren’t good, they weren’t as bad as I thought either. I was worried that I would be diabetic. It turns out that I am pre-diabetic. While I don’t have diabetes at the moment, I would eventually get diabetes if I carried on with the same lifestyle.

As a result of this, I have had to change my diet. I have had to cut back on the chocolate. When I say “cut back,” that is perhaps an understatement. I used to sit at my desk pretty much eating chocolate and drinking soft drinks all day. However, I have only eaten chocolate once in the last three days, and now drink Coke Zero once a day at the most.

Everyone at work has been really good about it. People have joked for ages about the amount of junk food that I eat. I told several people that I have to change my diet, and a couple of them turned up the following day with nuts and frozen apples for me. That was awesome!

It is going to be difficult for me later in the year when I go to Auckland on holiday. One of the best parts about going on holiday is being able to eat out, particularly for breakfast. However, I won’t be able to have my usual french toast or pancakes this year, and will have a narrower range of options to choose from.