Hi everyone! I'm new to the forum and have been recently diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes.
I have a history of disordered eating that I've worked really hard to treat by being active in the size acceptance movement and practicing Health at Every Size and intuitive eating. For about 5 years my relationship with food/exercise has been pretty solid (though not perfect--I have struggled my whole life with not eating enough/not missing meals).
The really, really tough thing for me with this new diagnosis is that I'm a fat person (the only time I was less fat was when I was anorexic), so doctors make a lot of assumptions about my lifestyle based on how I look (even though I have a critical aggregate of family members with both type 1 and 2 on both sides of my family, grandparents and parents).
Now that I've been diagnosed I find my relationship with food is becoming adversarial in a way it hasn't been in years. I feel really stressed out about eating. So much of the language around diabetes is really, well diet-y sounding. It's all framed very restrictively--what you can't have, versus is optimal, and it seems like people are constantly comparing their numbers etc. So many of the forums I looked at before landing here are all about carb counting, weight loss focus, limitations, restrictions--all things that are super triggering to the starvation/cutback impulses in me that I worked so hard to overcome.
Does anyone here have success with managing diabetes in a way that incorporates intuitive eating and is weight neutral? Does anyone have advice for approaching doctors/dieticians with Health At Every Size ethos?