My goal with T1D Living is to be your resource for how to live holistically with type 1 diabetes. Yes, one of your life sustaining organs has turned against you, but that doesn’t mean you’re damaged goods. You can still live a very natural, holistic, life with an autoimmune disease and I’m here to show you how! With real food recipes, natural living tips, and a boat load of T1D Living tips, you’ll never want to stop exploring this way of life.
My story starts in the summer of 2008. I was a sophomore in college about to enter my junior year. I was home for the summer and working as a barista at Seattle’s Best Coffee. Life was so good.
I had been sleeping a lot, peeing a lot, and down about 15lbs. My Mom insisted I go to the doctors because “this is exactly what happened to Dad when he got diagnosed with diabetes”. But you know Moms, always nagging. (kidding- love you Mom!)
I made the appointment, convinced it was only depression, and left with a diagnosis of type 1 diabetes and a BG of 746mg/dL.
Over the next 6 years I was fed a bunch of bologna. I was told I shouldn’t have children, that I should be eating 40-60 carbs per meal (no joke!), that I should get on cholesterol lowering medication – just as a precaution, and that I would never be a picture of “perfect” health again. The sad part is, not only did I listen to them, but I truly believed them.
By 2015 I was diagnosed with my third autoimmune disease. I now had type 1 diabetes, Hashiomoto’s disease, and Celiac’s disease. Not only did I sound super unhealthy on paper, but I felt it too. That’s when I told myself to cut the sh!t. I was tired of listening to conventional wisdom that was only making me sicker.
I decided from that point on I was going focus on true health. And that didn’t mean fat-free, sugar-free, bust your ass at the gym 7 days a week kind of health, but real, ancestral health. Health that focuses on real whole foods, a workout plan that burns fat and not just sugar, and for gosh sake allowing myself to relax and have fun! After all, that is the end goal; isn’t it? What’s all this worth if you can’t have fun and feel good doing it?
In 2015 I started blogging about my journey and in 2016 I became a certified Primal Health Coach.
T1D Living is my journey through it all. Follow along as I navigate type one diabetes (and two other autoimmune diseases) while living holistically.
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