Author: kirstylouisedgp

Blogger and teen-fiction author from Sunderland, UK. Currently living in Edgbaston, Birmingham.

My content has moved…

My content has now moved. I’ve had a fantastic year running this blog and I am very greatful to everyone who took there time to follow, like and read my posts. You’re all wonerful but it is time for some bigger changes now.

My PCOS content will now be published in collaboration with Cysters. An opportunity I am unbelievably excited for because I will be part of an organisation that shows women with gynae-health issues that they are never alone.

I have started a new blog of my own but more professional and journalistic. It is a data/investigative journalism news blog called The Briti. It is student led and there will be opportunities to contribute articles. You can do this via the Submit News part of the site or you can email me at editor.thebriti@gmail.com. There will be an app for the site coming soon.

Thank you all so much for the last two and a half years and best of luck with all your blogging! I will now be logging out of wordpress for good.

Find me on social media:

FB: facebook.com/KLCardAuthor

Twitter: @kirstydgp

Instagram: @madamevontrix

Tumblr: @thatwannabejournalist

Find The Briti on social media:

FB: facebook.com/thebritinews

Twitter and Instagram: @thebritinews

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If you can put vegan and vegetarian on labels you can slap the GI number on there too!

I started a petition to help get GI labels put on our food in the UK in stores and restaurants to help make life easier for people with diabetes and insulin resistance in the UK.

I am part of the 1 in 10 women in the UK who have PCOS and a lot of us struggle with our weight (whether we can’t lose it or gain it) because of problems with our insulin. Food is seen as our medicine and only when that fails are we told to go on to drugs to help it.

I’m Hyperglycemic which means when I eat something high GI I get ill. It can cause me to vomit, shake, get migraines and suffer from chronic fatigue which meant before my diagnosis I spent about 70% of my life asleep. I’ve done okay on the diet so far, but life is still very much a guessing game. I once ate something that was on the low GI list given to me by the NHS but the brand I bought made it with a lot of sugar… my bathroom was covered in vomit from it and it lead to sugar induced heart palpitations. Hyperglycemic Insulin Resistance can damage the capillaries in your eyes, legs, brain and kidneys and leads to Type 2 diabetes and in some cases heart disease in later life.

The NHS provide those of us who need to rely on this diet as much information as they can but it’s not enough. Food needs to be labelled in stores and even in restaurants (mad as it sounds, chronically ill people still like to eat out with their friends,
you know?)

Bellow is a screen-shot taken from Glycemic Index Foundation that literally states that GI levels cannot be guessed from the food packaging we already have.

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According to Diabetes UK statistics, 3.7 million people were diagnosed with diabetes last year and if nothing changes it will have risen to 5 million by 2025. Some countries, such as Australia already have Low GI labels and their diabetes diagnosis rate is significantly lower than ours (1.2 million to be exact).

So, what have I done about it? I wrote to my local councillor at home, Bridget Phillipson, and where I go to university, Preet Kaur Gill MP, to ask them to make a change. I also discussed it highly with the charity Cysters – Women’s Support and Awareness Group who all agree it would make life easier.

Please support the cause, not only will this help improve the lives of those who have diabetes, you will also help to improve the lives of those fighting to never let diabetes take them.

https://petition.parliament.uk/petitio…/225047/sponsors/new…

“I wasn’t ill because I was fat… I was fat because I was ill.”

I have blogged a lot about my weight-loss over the last 9 months and my struggles with getting that smaller waist due to PCOS.  Call me stupid… but despite almost being at my goal weight, ‘fat-shamers’ on the internet still piss me off because they think that bullying and belittling someone for their weight will help them fight it… don’t be so stupid guys.

For a start… you can’t fix your body to fix your mind, as I have said in a previous post. You need to love yourself if you want to be able to make a change and take care of yourself properly… why would you want to care for a body you hate? Exactly, you wouldn’t… so how exactly did you think that making someone hate their body will help? If anything, even if they did try, your years of damage from calling them fat will probably result in them being unable to see any results. Body dysmorphia is a very real thing and I can tell you that the second someone calls me fat, I see myself as the 5 stone heavier woman I was in September 2017.

The next thing is where I point out the biggest flaw in the statement ‘just lose weight’…

I tried for three years to get my weight back down to a healthy weight after my HORMONAL IMBALANCE caused by my ILLNESS made my INSULIN mess up and resulted in me gain 5 stone in the short space of three months. The most I was ever able to lose in that time was 2 pounds. 2 pounds after going the the gym 3-5 days a week and clean eating, it was pathetic. I was still sugar crashing every afternoon and my weight barely budged.

I begged and pleaded with doctors, crying in their offices and was always told to ‘just try harder’ before eventually, 3 years later I was diagnosed with PCOS and sent to see a specialist dietician who diagnosed me with Insulin Resistance (Hyperglycemia), eventually this will result in me having Type 2 diabetes. Only then was I be able to have the answer and get the results I want… even then, it’s not without its struggles. Low GI diets are beyond restrictive and unreasonable, not everyone can commit to it if they have such a busy, eat-on-the-go type of life style.

After seeing New Look’s Fat Tax (which I am 100000000% disgusted by despite the fact that I’m not effected by it) I was shocked to see that many people are so uneducated when it comes to the human body. Dieting is not a ‘one-size-fits-all’ solution… every persons body works differently, needs different things and has varied metabolisms and if you can’t understand why some people can’t ‘just loose weight’ then keep your comments well away from the internet… There are millions of people out there struggling with their weight because of hormonal imbalances etc. and everyone is on a journey, if they haven’t found the right path for them yet then it’s no ones business but there’s and companies like New Look have no right to charge anyone for that.

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I didn’t get ill because I was fat, I got fat because I was ill. A hormonal change in me caused problems with my insulin which meant the food I used to be able to process, I couldn’t any more. So, just so you’re aware here are a list of mental and physical illness/body changes that make someone struggle with weight, just to make it clearer for you all:

  • Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)
  • Hyperthyroidism
  • Gastroesophageal reflux disease
  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Gestational diabetes
  • Prolactinoma
  • Persistent depressive disorder
  • Menopause
  • Pregancany
  • Generalized anxiety disorder
  • Cushing’s syndrome