My name is Dan. 28 years old. Diagnosed as a Type 1 Diabetic on 19th November 2011.
I am a training Nutrition Coach with Body Type Nutrition and consider myself a fitness enthusiast.
I thoroughly enjoy cooking and eating really good food. As well as consuming the odd tub of Ben & Jerry’s.
My aim is to help as many diabetics as possible with their health and learn that getting in great shape and feeling better within yourself doesn’t need to be as tough as you may think it is! There are so many excellent and easy ways to achieve your goal whether it be body composition, learning about nutrition or to have better blood glucose control and that’s what I want this blog to show!
Positivity should always be loudest, even when things are tough (like this disease can be) and I hope this blog allows you to become the master of your own diabetes management!
I’ve been incredibly fortunate to have been published in The Sunday Mirror, JDRF UK, Beyond Type 1, Protein Pow, The Tab, Good House Keeping, Net Doctor, Freestyle Diabetes and My Weekly.
Where are you from?
I grew in the country in Devon, England. I then went to University of Bath where I studied Civil Engineering and now live in London and have done so for the past few of years!
Do you have a family history of Diabetes?
Yes, my Father and Grandfather have both been diagnosed as Type 1 Diabetics.
When were you diagnosed as a Type 1 Diabetic?
In a nutshell, I was diagnosed in November 2011 after being on a course of steroids for Ulcerative Colitis which put my body under an immense amount of stress and, due to my family history with Type 1 Diabetes, meant that my condition was brought on very quickly. I lost a lot of weight, was in DKA and had to be kept in hospital initially to start recovering. Since then, it’s been quite a journey.
Tough Mudder: Oct 2014. Healthy weight. Best shape of my life. Skin cleared. Feeling awesome.
Have you always been on insulin since you were diagnosed?
No. I started on very low doses of insulin when I was first diagnosed but after a few months I entered a honeymoon period where I was able to stay off insulin all together and did so for almost 3 years (I must point out this is extremely rare – most honeymoon periods last weeks/ a few months not years). Nowadays I’m on Novorapid and Levemir injectable insulin.
What do you like to do in your spare time?
I love cooking great food, it’s my way to relax and unwind after a long day at work and I very much enjoy cooking for other people. Roasted pork belly is an absolute favourite of mine. Cooking healthy, nutritious meals is actually very easy and I want to show people how. I enjoy spending time with my partner, exercising, playing football and messing about outside with friends! Other than that you’ll probably find me somewhere in London enjoying live music or with my head in a book.
Why are you writing this blog?
There are many reasons why I am writing this – most of which I will cover in blog posts.
Essentially, I believe that living with diabetes can be made much easier if the right information is out there. There is so much confusion and an overload of information in the health and fitness industry that I wanted to create a place where it’s simple and straightforward so anyone can read it and (hopefully) apply it to their own lives. To manage any condition requires education and I firmly believe that eating real wholesome food and living an active lifestyle can only help.
I would like people to follow my journey so they can empathise and use it with their own path. Having any health condition isn’t easy but it can be made easier if you can see someone going through something similar and gain knowledge through their experiences and choices. I hope that is something that I can provide.
I also wish to educate the general public and newbie diabetics on what diabetes actually is, the complications and what to watch out for. There is so much bad information in the media that for someone who isn’t aware of the condition, you can have completely the wrong idea about what it’s like to be diabetic.
Funnily enough I firmly believe I wouldn’t be anywhere near as happy or healthy as I am today without Diabetes. It has forced me to take a good look at what I eat, how much I exercise and developed good stress management techniques which has made me feel, well, pretty awesome. It’s also allowed me to meet some amazing people who also have the condition and interact with them.
But don’t get me wrong. Diabetes isn’t something I’d ever choose to have. There are obvious lows. It is constantly on your mind and you do have to keep an eye on what you do, eat and drink pretty much all the time. High and low blood sugars are difficult to deal with even with the best outlook on it. I’ve also had/ am having therapy in order to deal with depression with regards to my diabetes and many other issues. It’s a tough condition to live with and one that I feel is poorly misrepresented in the media.
However, it can all be managed and there are steps that can be put in place to make dealing with it much easier and I would love to help.
If you had to give one piece of advice to someone who has recently been diagnosed as a diabetic, what would it be?
It would be something I started this page off with. “You are the expert of your own diabetes management”.
I think that is an incredibly powerful statement. Educate yourself, ask questions, talk to as many people as you can so you can better yourself and make it easier to live with.