How I Went from Fat to Fit by Drinking Tea
I will celebrate by 46th birthday this year. I never thought I’d say that. In my head, I’m still just out of college, still looking young and trim. When I see photographs of myself, I usually blame the photographer because, damn, I don’t look like that! Not even when I see myself in the mirror! You can quite imagine my shock when I went for a checkup last year.
You see, I had been feeling quite unwell for some time and had been experiencing frequent bouts of headaches and low grade fever. And it just wouldn’t go away. I drowned my sorrows in ice creams, fries and other comfort foods, thinking that eating what I love would help me feel better. Surprisingly, it didn’t.
I Decide to Visit the Doctor
So, I finally gathered up the courage to go visit a doctor. I was alarmed that the doctor thought I was very overweight. I told him that it wasn’t a good day and I hadn’t been feeling well and I must have chosen the wrong things to wear, which made me look fat but I really wasn’t that overweight. At least not overweight enough for the doctor to comments. How rude! Unfortunately, he made me weigh myself right there in front of him. The weighing scale also seemed to be having an off day because it said I was 188 lbs!!!
Then he took my blood pressure. All that climbing up the stairs and waiting for my turn must have worked me up really bad because my blood pressure was 160/110, which apparently is really bad. I explained that it was all the stress of visiting a doctor.
Finally, he insisted on checking my blood sugar. Now, I explained that I had had a hearty breakfast, so he shouldn’t expect things to be normal but the doctor insisted that 234 was definitely not a number that comes with one heavy meal.
In fact, the doctor seemed to believe that my condition was caused by years of thoughtless eating, not exercising and not going for regular checkups. Well, some people really know how to ruin your day, don’t they? What was worse, he threatened dire consequences, mentioning heart attack, kidney failure and many other such words, all in the same sentence! But what he finally said hit home. He said that being a single mother, if I didn’t care for my health, I was leaving my children at risk of losing the only parent they had.
I Decide to Take Control
The first thing I did when I went home was to read up about all those threats from the doctor, just in case some of them were empty threats! To my horror, everything he said was true. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, obesity is the leading cause of most of the causes of untimely death, apart from high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, coronary heart disease, stroke, and even some types of cancer.
The American Diabetes Association went on to say that diabetes, especially type 2 diabetes, was increased the risk of serious health complications in almost every part of the body and every bodily function, from skin complications to neuropathy and much more. In fact, some of the sites called this disease “a silent killer.”
I probably don’t need to tell you what high blood pressure can do to your heart, brain and circulatory system.
It was definitely time I stopped see what I wanted in the mirror and faced reality. I was 45 years old, caring for 3 children, two of whom were still to reach adolescence, and I was in a pretty bad shape. The good news was that it was up to me to turn my health and my life around. And that is exactly what I did.
How I Took Control
The first thing I did was ensure I bought all the medication recommended by my doctor and go visit the dietitian he recommended. This turned out to be quite a good experience because, to my surprise, I learned that I didn’t need to starve myself or eat unpalatable meals to achieve the ideal weight and control my blood sugar. The dietitian also recommended that I start doing some physical activity. If I wasn’t up to going to a gym and working out till I was soaked in sweat, she said I could look at alternative options, such as yoga. What she said was that even if I started walking each day, gradually increasing the time till I could do a brisk walk for at least 30 minutes, it would be of great help. I was certainly relieved to know that I didn’t need to spend extra money to become fit.
What my dietitian also introduced me to was Oolong Tea. I was already a tea drinker, which was what gave her reason to believe that it would be easy for me to include Oolong tea in my daily diet. The best part was that I didn’t need to go hunting for the tea, it could be ordered online, with no added shipping charges. Even better, there were varieties of this tea that I could try, and moderation was recommended, so it wasn’t as though I had to glug huge volumes to see positive results.
Oolong tea boosts metabolism and helps to burn body fat, which is why it is great for those wanting to lose weight. In fact, it contains polyphenols that block the fat building enzymes. However, you have to remember not to load you cup with sugar or even artificial sweeteners. If you do need your tea sweet, consider honey or stevia instead.
This is one beverage that lowers cholesterol, promoting heart health, while also helping to clean up your digestive system. If you think all that life stress is giving you the ulcers, this is one thing that can help soothe your digestive tract and reduce inflammation. It doesn’t hurt that it also improves your hair and skin!
In addition, studies have proven the beneficial effect of Oolong on blood sugar levels. In fact, a study published in the Journal of Diabetes Care, as far back as 2003, found that while the tea lowers blood glucose levels, it also helps metabolize sugar due to the presence of antioxidants like polyphenols. Most importantly, it strengthens the immune system.
It has been almost a year now that I have been following doctor’s orders and I find that I am less upset with photographers and much more active than I have been for most of my life.