About our Founder
I started out working for large corporations back in 1999. Starting with Lowe's Home Improvement Warehouses, where I worked myself up from a part time cashier to an assistant store manager. Later I went on to work for two other large corporations. One being a district manager for Frito Lay. My anxiety was high and my eating habits became toxic. Work was so stressful. My sleep was awful, when I got any. I didn't realize it, but I was trading my health for wealth.
One day, my father became ill with Alzheimer's and dementia. So I left the corporate world. Still my bad eating habits had been formed along with the initial symptoms of diabetes. I was in denial.
I had been super healthy in college playing volleyball on scholarship while getting my degree. Unfortunately, this NCAA All American Strength and Conditioning athlete didn't stay in shape. I also didn't know my nutrition facts. So I got in worse shape. Eventually, my body took over. I drank 1-2 gallons of water daily. I got dizzy in the middle of the night when I had to go to the bathroom too many times. There was never ending hunger even while eating anything and everything I wanted: Peanut Butter M & M's, Sweet & Spicy Chili Doritos, coffee loaded with sugar and creamer, and of course Raspberry Sammie's 2/$3 at a Pilot. I can tell you a Chocolate Chip Frappe a day doesn't keep the doctor away.
When my body started having sores and any position was painful, I finally broke down and went to see a doctor. The doctor ordered a full panel of blood work. He told me he didn't know how I wasn't in the hospital. My body had so much inflammation in my system! This had multiple possibilities for cancer or a heart attack. "Oh, and you're diabetic," my doctor told me. I told him he was wrong. I had gone home and tried to eat up every bad thing in the house before getting my blood work done. I was a master at denial.
Two weeks later, after following my doctor's advice, I had come to accept my diagnosis. I am a type II diabetic. I didn't know what to do; so I called a friend, who is type I diabetic. She told me to go get a meter. I did, and my first reading was 446 approximately a 14.5 A1C and close to a trip to the hospital. My first thought was the meter is broken! I bought a defective meter!
Eventually, I accepted there was no problem with the meter, but I had to get my sugar down! I started out on Metformin. That didn't really work and hurt my stomach. I changed doctors to one that specialized more in diabetes treatment. She added insulin and helped me wean myself off of Metformin. I have a fear of needles, so you know I was in pain. Now I take 10 units of insulin two times per day. It's still coming down. I manage blood sugar with diet, exercise and lifestyle change. It has taken two years. I've become a Certified Health Coach in that time. I've also met 100's of diabetics during this time. From everyone of them, I've heard their struggles. I can relate. I love sharing diabetic tips and ideas to lower blood sugar. From cooking, exercise, to lifestyle change, there is a unique solution for each person. I hope I'll have the opportunity to meet you and help you discover the changes that are best for you.