Complicated thing isn’t it?
My name is Dan and I’m now 26 years old and was diagnosed as a Type 1 diabetic in November 2011 after going into DKA (Diabetic Ketoacidosis) and spent the night in Frimley Park hospital in Hampshire receiving emergency treatment.
Since then it’s been quite a journey. I managed to have a 3 year honeymoon period controlling my glucose levels using diet and exercise and not touching a drop of insulin apart from the first two months. That changed in January 2015 and now I’m using insulin just like many other diabetics.
Diabetes has always played a part in my life. My Grandfather had it. My Father has it. I have it. It is something that will stay with me for the rest of my life.
And I’m ok with that. Genuinely I am. In fact, without it, I doubt I would be anywhere as happy as I am today.
When I was first diagnosed with diabetes however, the thing I struggled with the most was the lack of straightforward information available to me. What do I eat? How much of that? What exercise do I do to help? For how long? What are macronutrients and what ratio of them works best for me? How does stress effect my body? Will exercising really help? Can I eat sugar at all?
Whilst my specialist at my local hospital was fantastic in helping me understand what diabetes was, these types questions she was unable to answer. And throughout my years of being diabetic, I have found that there is a lack of information given to us on what is optimal to, essentially, be healthy.
The health and fitness world is overloaded with conflicting information and it’s incredibly confusing – especially for a beginner. I have been passionate about exercise and eating well for over 10 years and am still baffled by how complicated some magazines and websites make it seem to just lead a healthy and happy lifestyle.
So, what I want to do is build this website to give out good, solid information on nutrition, fitness and building a healthier lifestyle to try and cut through all the mess that is out there and present it in real and simple terms so anyone can follow it and to help you with your diabetes, or just your general health, so you can feel AWESOME every day! Whether it’s giving basic information on different food groups, different forms of exercise and their effect on the body, recipes, answering questions, rants, interviews, supplementation, stress management – the list goes on. I want this to be a forum for diabetics to give their experiences so we can all help each other.
I’d love for you to accompany me and my journey to lead a healthier and happier lifestyle.