My Diabetes Mistakes

I am spending Memorial Day weekend in a hospital. I’ve had 2 diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA) attacks this week. I don’t want to write this blog post. I’d rather crawl up in a corner and hide from the world. My tears have been non-stop for days. I’m very embarrassed and incredibly sad that I allowed this…

How I Lost 25 Pounds in 2 Months

Today I am celebrating 2 months of great weight loss success eating a plant-based diet. I’ve lost 25 pounds, have toned muscles, and feel healthier than ever. On January 5, I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. It took me several weeks to understand why I have diabetes and to find my way to my…

The Search for My Ideal Diabetic Diet, Part 3

One month ago, I wrote Why Do I Have Diabetes? while struggling to find the ideal diet to help me reverse my diagnosis. Since transitioning to a whole food plant-based diet, I have lost 10 pounds and feel GREAT! I had previously had success on a whole food plant-based diet, so I attended a 2 Forks event (See what…

Learnings from the Whole Food Plant-based “2 Forks” Event

I am enjoying the 2 Forks event in Pasadena, California today. I’m learning a lot about healthy eating and “reversing” diabetes, so I want to share with others. Rosane Oliviera, DVM, PhD shared great information about how to maximize our health for a goal of being “100 and healthy.” She warned about simply using the…

The Search for My Ideal Diabetic Diet, Part 2

In my last blog post, I shared my journey to find the right diet to manage my type 2 diabetes. I am happy to report continued positive results from my healthy eating. My hotel living lifestyle has not prevented me from eating a balanced, nutritionist-recommended, healthy diet. UPDATE: I had very limited success with this…

The Search for My Ideal Diabetic Diet, Part 1

It’s been 9 weeks since I left the hospital with my type 2 diabetes diagnosis. As I shared in my last post Why Do I Have Diabetes?, last year I made poor food choices, which led me to a Diabetic Ketoacidosis (DKA) attack. Now it is critical that I eat well to get and stay healthy.  Whether…

Why Do I Have Diabetes?

In my last blog post, I shared my type 2 diabetes diagnosis that I learned while having a diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA) attack in an ambulance. DKA is usually something that only occurs in type 1 diabetics, but can happen to type 2 diabetics in extreme cases or during an illness. The first 6 weeks after my hospital stay were…

My Diabetes Diagnosis

I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes in an ambulance on the way to the emergency room at 5:00am on January 5, 2017. I had the flu for the previous couple of weeks, while vacationing with my family in Panama, Central America. I was not eating well or exercising, and I was quite weak and…