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'I found the motivation and strength to achieve a healthier lifestyle'

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"I am an Italian American woman, and last year at age 60, I was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes. I was told I needed to go on medication immediately twice a day and that I should eat things like fish and chicken and cut out rice. 

Initially I reacted to the news as a death sentence, but I decided to take control of the situation, to find out more about it, and to change it. So, I immediately got a Health Coach and joined a gym. 

The Health Coach advised me on what to eat, when to eat, and how much to eat, as well as, many other things such as where to buy, how to store, and how to cook what I bought.  At the gym, I used the bikes, the treadmill and weights.

Within two months I lost 10 pounds, and I was advised I could reduce the medication in half.  In the next two months I lost another 10 pounds and eliminated the medication completely.  Now, a year later, I have been able to maintain the weight loss, and I am working on turning the fat around the middle into muscle. Occasionally I contact my initial Health Coach for feedback on recipes, but I also studied during this 'newly diagnosed' year, and I just became a Health Coach myself. 

My best advice through this experience is to say don't wait to do something before you get diabetes. As soon as you hear the words, 'pre-diabetic' start then.  Even though my numbers have returned to this so- called 'pre-diabetic' stage. I am still monitoring my sugar levels to make sure they stay in this safer zone. 

It's a lot of work, but sharing your knowledge and experiences with others interested in healthy nutrition and a healthy condition, all help. Thanks again for this opportunity. I pray you gather the motivation and maintain the strength to achieve a healthier and happier lifesyle - it's possible."

Words by Camille

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