Personal Health Challenges and Fighting Back in 2023 Part 14
When I started this process on December 28, 2023, I was taking three different drugs to fight diabetes, so with the combination of the meds and the drastic changes in my way of eating, my glucose numbers collapsed. However, there is no medication this time. I stopped taking them over a month ago. These numbers are mine; I am using 100 percent nutrition to fight diabetes.
I must admit that my stress level has increased; I am working hard on my master’s. In addition, I am in the middle of doing many Counselor Reports. I must meet with folks one-on-one. My Saturdays and Sundays are busy working on these reports. I am also halfway through a Christian Life Coach Certification. I was recently promoted to my job, adding stress to my life. I also noticed that my exercise routine had been affected; I must return to increasing my physical activity; it is an excellent way to distress.
With all the ups and downs, struggles, mistakes, experiments, and stress, I am moving in the right direction. The AIC Blood Test gives you the last three months’ glucose average. The normal number is 6.5 or less. My average AIC was 12 when I was diagnosed with diabetes nine years ago. About six months ago, I was at 10.9. I am happy to report that after embracing a Carnivore / Keto lifestyle since 12/28/2022, my A1C is 6.1. Praise the Living God!
An independent thinker with a profound call to see the orthodoxy of the church and passion for Christ manifesting together. Angel was born in Brooklyn, New York in April of 1968, he was raised on the beautiful island of Puerto Rico where he earned his B.S. degree in Sociology with a minor in Education from the Inter American University in San Germán in 1991. That same year he moved to Jacksonville, Florida. After working construction jobs for a year and learning the English language, his first job working with foster-care children in the capacity of youth care worker was with Jacksonville Youth Sanctuary in September of 1992. With JYS he was promoted several times as group home supervisor, legal caseworker, and program director.
While in Jacksonville, Angel studied a couple of martial arts styles. After earning his black belt, he became the founder of Good Fight Ministries as he used martial arts as an instrument to preach the gospel. In 2004 Angel was selected Martial Arts Instructor of the Year for the State of Florida and in 2005 Angel was inducted in the USA Martial Arts Hall of Fame where he also received the Christian Spirit Award. In July of 2005 Angel accepted his call to pastor a bilingual church in Winton, NC where he served for a couple of years. Five months later he lost his first wife to cancer in December of that same year. This initiated a deep valley of suffering in his life, a mountain of costly mistakes and the embracing of lifestyles of sin that are well documented through this blog.
In August of 2012 Angel moved to Fairbanks Alaska with his wife Rayette Casiano and six children who are now adults. In Alaska, Angel continued his social work-related career and his ministry of preaching, teaching and writing. Angel is the author of two books, Hope for the divorcee: Forgiving and Moving Forward and 7 Banderas de Esperanza: La Bendición de Yokdzonot.
In January 8th of 2020 Angel and his wife moved to Arizona. On June 8th 2021 Angel started his home church, not as a starting point, but as a closer way to how the church is suppose to look like according to Scripture.
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