Are you ready to live? Really live that feeling good life you desire to live? Thank you for joining me on this episode of the Feeling Good Podcast, it’s great to be alive. On this feel-good day, we will be talking about the diabetes epidemic. November is Diabetes Awareness Month and we will be talking about prevention, reversal, and management of diabetes in each episode this month.
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[1:27] Dr. Phil just left Memphis, Tenn., the city of blues and barbecues. There are a lot of people today singing the blues because they have diabetes. The most famous bluesman, B.B. King, passed away a couple of years ago with complications of diabetes.
[2:14] All this month, Dr. Phil will be talking about diabetes and the diabetes epidemic in the United States, because November is Diabetes Awareness Month. Dr. Phil wants to make you aware of the problems of diabetes, and also of a condition you may not know you have.
[2:37] That condition is prediabetes. It is a serious health condition where blood sugar levels are higher than normal but not yet high enough to be diagnosed as type 2 diabetes.
[2:54] Approximately 84 million Americans — that’s about 1 in 3 — have prediabetes. 90% of those with prediabetes don’t know they have it. That’s alarming! Prediabetes puts you at an increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and even stroke.
[3:03] It’s time to get checked! There is a simple quiz you can take at the CDC website that will give you an indication that you possibly have prediabetes. Dr. Phil would also highly recommend that you have your blood sugar checked if you have any inkling that you may have prediabetes or if you have a family history of diabetes.
[4:07] Dr. Phil has a very special guest interview on this episode. Dr. Phil interviewed his friend Corie Jones. Corie is an awesome young lady with a great prediabetes story that Dr. Phil wants her to share with you.
[4:39] Dr. Phil highly recommends all listeners, if you know someone right now that has diabetes or prediabetes, to share this show with them. Dr. Phil introduces Corie. Corie first heard of prediabetes when she was 29, overweight, and did not exercise but thought she was healthy.
[6:17] When Corie went for a medical checkup, they did a blood test. She was starting to have symptoms. Corie’s grandmother had just died, 69 years old, with complications of diabetes. The doctor told her she was prediabetic with high blood sugar and asked if she wanted “to end up like” her grandmother.
[7:28] Corie was very offended, and told herself she was a good person and healthy. In reality, she wasn’t healthy. She tried several fad diets, one after the other, lost weight, her blood sugar went down, and she didn’t worry about it anymore.
[8:00] Since then she has had two children, and really struggled losing her baby weight, because of poor decisions she made — lack of exercise and eating the wrong things. Her weight went up and down like an awful roller coaster ride. She tried fad diets for years.
[8:50] Corie’s then five-year-old daughter was scared by a dream one night, and Corie tried to consoled her. Her daughter told her in the dream that Corie had gotten sick and died. That reached Corie. It was so real to her daughter that she couldn’t shake it.
[9:35] Corie remembers all the details from her daughter telling her the dream. Corie
felt convicted. She knew that what her daughter was saying could be a reality if Corie didn’t make some changes. Her body was also telling her to make changes. She felt bad and was having symptoms. She was overweight. Corie figured she was prediabetic again.
[10:09] Corie had let life overtake her. She had put everything else in front of herself. She was involved in way too many activities and organizations.
[10:55] Dr. Phil sees many people who are so involved in activities, but still need to do the things necessary to take care of themselves to be healthy for the people depending on them. Corie got a wakeup call from her daughter. Some people ignore wakeup calls, but Corie listened. Dr. Phil hopes this episode will be wakeup call for someone.
[12:23] Dr. Phil remembers the first day Corie came to talk to him about the changes she wanted to make. Corie listened, and started to implement the changes Dr. Phil recommended for her. So many people hear what they need to do but they don’t do it.
[12:58] When Corie’s daughter had come to her, Corie couldn’t tell her it the bad dream couldn’t happen, because she knew it could. Corie prayed and asked God to forgive her. She also asked her husband and children to forgive her for not taking care of herself.
[13:38] Corie knew that if she was going to make a lifestyle change and not just try another fad diet, she had to have a different reason why she wanted to lose this weight and be healthy. It had to be about being here for her family that she loves so much.
[14:29] Corie prayed for a desire to be healthy, a desire to make this change, and a desire to live better, to eat better, and to exercise, and to be stress-free. She’s learned that when you feel bad, you’re ill, and it makes you hard to be around.
[15:00] Corie realized that if she could get this right, she would be a better person all around. Her next step was when she started to work with Dr. Phil. She says it not only changed her life, it saved her life. Her first meeting with Dr. Phil was very emotional because she felt guilty about how she had let herself get into that condition.
[16:03] Corie first had to deal with that guilt. She had to begin to see herself the way God sees her, and love herself the way God loves her to be able to turn into the person she wanted to be. That was one of the hardest things she was dealing with at the time.
[16:21] Dr. Phil told Corie at their first meeting that she didn’t need to beat herself up. She didn’t need to be hard on herself, that it’s OK. He told her she could do this and today is a new day. She just had to do better today than she did yesterday, and it would get better and better.
[16:41] Dr. Phil had told Corie, it’s not about depriving yourself, or living a way that isn’t ‘you,’ it’s about lifestyle changes. If you mess up, get right back up and don’t let messing up dictate the rest of your life.
[17:08] Corie had to deal with being a perfectionist. She likes things to be done right. When she messed up it was like jumping off the wagon and going back to her old ways. She had to stop trying to make herself perfect, and start trying to make herself better.
[18:03] In that first meeting, Dr. Phil drew a plate on paper and drew portions on the plate of what a healthy balanced meal should be. Corie thought, this isn’t hard, anyone could do this. She had just never taken the time to ask what she should be doing.
[18:34] Corie still has that piece of paper for portion control. Some days she gets it right, and some days she doesn’t, but what’s different now is she knows that if she messes up she doesn’t have to jump off the wagon. She can do better the next day.
[19:02] Corie loves that it’s not about depriving yourself, it’s about finding healthy alternatives. Changing that mentality was key for Corie.
[19:18] Dr. Carson reviews points from Corie’s story. First, Corie had inserted a spiritual component. Sometimes we rely on willpower, mind, and emotion, but we don’t bring in the spiritual side of things. Dr. Phil says we need to take care of body, soul, and spirit.
[20:34] The second item Dr. Phil wants emphasizes is about beating yourself up. Dr. Phil is also a perfectionist that beats himself up. So many people do mess up, then beat themselves up, and they quit. You can’t do that! You’ve got to keep fighting, keep going, forgive yourself if you mess up, pick yourself back up, and keep going.
[21:22] Get back up. Start over. You can continue to start over. So often, people fail, because they just totally quit. They say, “I can’t do this, I’m a failure.” If you listen to this show, don’t do that to yourself!
[22:04] Corie shares her lifestyle changes and habits. First, she started teaching her daughter how to cook healthy foods. They learned it together, instead of eating out every night. They got ideas from Dr. Phil and blogs on healthy dishes to cook.
[23:43] At the time, Corie was homeschooling her daughter, so cooking became a class and they would prepare lunch and dinner together every day. Learning to cook with her daughter formed memories Corie will cherish forever.
[24:02] Corie is thankful for her husband who has supported her through this lifestyle change. He makes her feel loved and beautiful. He does whatever he needs to do to help Corie do well. They drink breakfast smoothies together.
[24:44] Corie’s six-year-old son has been a little harder to get on the good track, but he loves fruits, so that’s good. She’s teaching him what it means to eat healthy.
[25:00] Having her family involved has been key for Corie. If she could have done this alone, she would have conquered it years ago. She needed a coach, like Dr. Phil, and she needed a support system, which is her family.
[25:43] Dr. Phil wants to encourage listeners to take to heart what Corie has shared. Corie called for spiritual help, she sought out coaching, and she enlisted her family to be on board with her in her health journey.
[26:18] Anybody on the road to prediabetes or diabetes needs to get off that road and turn things around. You don’t want to be a full-blown diabetic. It wasn’t diabetes, but the complications of diabetes that took her grandmother to the grave at an earlier age.
[26:58] Dr. Phil is so proud of Corie in the changes she has made and how she has implemented all these things into her life that will make a difference for her, for her children, and someday for her grandchildren.
[27:27] Make the decision today — if you haven’t already — to make those lifestyle changes. Contact Dr. Phil if you would like him to help, or give you a recommendation. That’s what he’s here for. Dr. Phil thanks Corie for sharing her story today.
[28:34] The greatest joys in life come not from you being lifted by others, but rather by others being lifted by you.
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