Hi, I’m Andrea and this is my blog where I share my love for food and fitness. I am a Holistic Nutritionist in training and a type 1 diabetic with the goal to empower T1D’s by advocating healthy living through eating nutritious food, moving your body and radiating positivity!
Diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at the age of 9, it has been a long and bumpy road to get me to where I am today. My journey to good health, self-care and learning to balance my life while managing diabetes has definitely not been easy and I still continue to learn something new everyday.
It all began in my early twenties, when I was overloading my body with toxic foods and substances, and I knew next to nothing about practicing proper self-care. I was extremely anxious and ashamed of having diabetes. I felt that I would be a burden to those around me so I kept it entirely to myself and rarely spoke of it to anyone, even my closest family members. It wasn’t until I cleansed my life, in a literal and metaphorical sense, that I began to accept myself and open up. Slowly, I began to talk more about this disease to those around me, sharing my struggles and educating them to help them better understand. As I talked more, I started to realize that no one was judging me and if they were then they surely didn’t have my best interest at heart. I learned to love myself, including all of my flaws. I began to nourish my body with healthy, whole, real foods. I made physical activity a priority in my life with the focus on fitness and health, and not just a number on the scale. It was now a matter of enjoyment and if I wasn’t in the mood to go, then I did not have to go and I was not to feel guilty for it. I also rid myself of the unhealthy relationships I had in my life at the time and surrounded myself with those who loved me for me and brought positivity, encouragement and love into my life.
After a year of working on myself and making impactful lifestyle changes I managed to bring my HbA1c down to 6.7 from a staggering 10.3. Through proper nutrition, taking care of my body and my mind, and an active lifestyle I have seen the positive outcome it has had in all aspects of my life.
Join me on this journey and make your health, body and mind a priority in your life. Take care of yourself, nourish yourself with real, whole foods and move your body for the fun of it! Remember, there will always be bumps along the way, but when are flat country roads ever a fun ride?