My Struggle with Diabetes 2
Total years in practice: 6
My honest motivation was to be able to keep doing what I love, eating good food and seeing the world. The thought of being on some strict diet plan as I am wasting away scared me. Just remember that with good help, like Daniel, you can change your life and keep doing the things you love!!!
Having never been an active person, I didn’t think I would be able to sustain a plan that could improve my health, but Daniel made it easy. Two times a week I complete a full body weight lifting routine designed by him, who is also a personal trainer. On two other days I complete a PACE cardio workout that only takes me 12 minutes to do. Who would have thought life changing exercise would only take a total of 3 hours out of my week.
My dietitian helped me astronomically with my diet. I am a chef, I love food. I travel the world and run a food blog talking about the cooking craft of cultures around the world. Daniel not only crafted me a meal plan that my taste buds could love, but also helped me work in the flexibility to enjoy foods most diabetics would be told they can never eat. He focused my diet so the majority of the food I consumed was plant based. When I consumed foods that had a high glycemic index he made sure I paired it with either good fats and/or a special fiber mix, to slow digestion. He took my refined carbohydrate intake and gave me options for whole grain and more diabetes friendly alternatives. What made a huge change was him putting me on intermittent fasts. Every day he had me eat 3 meals a day, as I normally would, but they would all be consumed in a 6 hour window, while the other 18 hours would be left to fast. I found that my fasted blood glucose improved drastically only a few weeks after we started this. We experimented with supplementation that pushed my hormone levels back to the normal range, even getting my triglyceride levels into the ideal level, using fish oil and some herbal supplements. I now continue to enjoy food I love, my cortisol is stable, my triglycerides are normal, and my LDL/HDL ratio is improved, as is my testosterone/estrogen ratio.