After being prediabetic for approximately five years, I was diagnosed with early type 2 diabetes a week before Thanksgiving in 2016. This website shows how I lost 15 lbs. and lowered my A1C from 6.9 to 6.2 in three months (including the holiday season) without medication. About seven and a half months after my diagnosis, my desire to eat junk food became less appealing because I knew I wouldn’t feel well after I ate it. In March 2018, my A1C was 6.0 and my doctor changed my diagnosis from early type 2 diabetic back to prediabetic.

Although I do try to exercise now, which is recommended, I did not exercise during that three month period. I live in a state where it is usually too cold and snowy for me to exercise outside in the winter and I have outdoor allergies in the spring. At that time, I was too cheap and unmotivated to sign up for a gym membership.

Experts are constantly changing food rules. However, I found the best and easiest way to consistently keep my A1C out of the diabetic range, is to try to eat meals and snacks that aren’t made with enriched flour and contain less than 10g of sugar. I am not a registered dietitian, so make sure to check with your doctor before following any of my advice.

To handle cravings and eating out, go to my TIPS page. To see what I eat, go to my RECIPES page. To get additional questions answered, go to my MORE INFO page. If you don’t find what you’re looking for, my email address is on my CONTACT page. Please check back often. I will add more information to this website as I continue attempting to live well with diabetes.

As Melanie Beasley, RD, LD said on the February 18, 2020 episode of Twin Cities Live, “Every bite you take is harming or healing.”