Walking Towards A Cure

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looking at anaheim's walk for the cure

Anaheim’s Walk For The Cure

Today I was a part of JDRF’s Walk to Cure Diabetes event. This was my time participating in a Diabetic walk and it was so humbling to be a part of this amazing organization and experience. It was so great to see so many people out on a Sunday morning at Anaheim’s Angel Baseball Stadium coming together as one to walk as one unit supporting each other in something that we all strive for… a cure. It is truly unbelievable to see the amount of people and family members that Diabetes affects, and yet, there is no cure. For a disease that is ranked globally as one of the top 10 leading disease of death, it deserves to have more attention and awareness.

happily standing at the start line

happily standing at the start line

Some quick facts. Type One Diabetes is an autoimmune disease in which a person’s pancreas stops producing insulin. Insulin is a hormone that enables people to get energy from food. This occurs when the body’s immune system attacks and destroys the insulin producing cells in the pancreas called beta cells. This disease has nothing to do with lack of diet and exercise lifestyles. It cannot be prevented or cured. Around 26 million Americans have Diabetes, only 3 million of those Diabetics have Type One. People need to understand that there are two different kinds of Diabetes and it is a serious condition that needs to be focused on.

my walk for the cure team

my walk for the cure team

I wanted to express my grateful gratitude towards my amazing team that came together for the walk and to my supporters that help me in my every step. It felt so great to walk side by side with my friends, family, and the thousands of other diabetics there raising awareness and donating towards a cure! I’ve been waiting for this day for a long time. Not only was it a great day for the cause, but coming together as a family was one of the best gifts of the day. We were walking together with love to make a difference in something that we strongly believe in. My hope is that everyone out there can find an organization to be passionate about to make difference in the world.

walking the course into the angels stadium

walking the course into the angels stadium

diabetes awareness month journal

Thanksgiving Isn’t the Only Holiday In November

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November is National Diabetes Awareness Month! I’m spending this time brainstorming on some great new fitness tips, inspirations, and recipes specifically for this special month. I am also actively recruiting my friends and family in joining me to register for JDRF’s Diabetes Walk to Cure on November 9th. I very excited to be a part of such a great organization to help spread Diabetic awareness and to raise money for that cure!! This is the time to rep that diabetic blue color and educate people on this disease.

cure for diabetes news article

Type 1 Stem Cell Breakthrough

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Major breakthrough today! I hope this new discovery actually works and sends us down a new path! We are tired of waiting for another consistent “10 years” for a cure. It’s about time to make some changes. Douglas Melton, lead Harvard medical researcher, made big development in stem cell research that results in pancreatic cells that produce insulin. He has dedicated his life to finding a cure after his two children have both developed Type 1 Diabetes 20 years ago. This shows me that he is set on finding a cure, not only for the rest of the world, but for the sake of his own children. If this becomes an actual cure, I hope the FDA and pharmaceutical companies get on board because they will lose a lot of money if everyone gets cured. Type 1 gives $15 billion dollars to the pharmacies every year. Consequently, I would hope that pharmaceutical companies’s worries about money would not hold back any diabetic cure advancements. Sometimes you just can’t always trust that the System really wants to help the people, because in reality, the System is what can hold us back. I sound extreme, but if you think about it, it can be true.

Read the full Harvard stem cell article at: http://news.harvard.edu/gazette/story/2014/10/giant-leap-against-diabetes/

and at:

http://www.bostonglobe.com/news/science/2014/10/09/diabetes-progress-stem-cell-recipe-creates-millions-insulin-producing-cells/jZIQgEAL4vsq3xOZtjCu2J/story.html

grain brain and wheat belly books

Wheat, Sugar, and Carbs.. Oh My!!

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My morning literature.

Many people ask me about what inspired my lifestyle and what books they can read. I owe it to these 2 books here. Grain Brain
and Wheat Belly. These books embody my beliefs on food and have amazing insight to how food affects us everyday, even if we don’t see it happening. It has scientific explanations about how sugar, wheat, and carbs can secretly reck your body (diabetic or not). It embraces the Paleo lifestyle and teaches you how to ease yourself into it (including food lists of what to eat which is every helpful). I’m all about that sugar free, carb free, wheat free, grain free, dairy free, gluten free lifestyle! Woot! I have received amazing results from switching to all paleo.. my energy level back to 100%, I feel great during workouts, I keep my body weight how I like it, my blood sugar levels are in good ranges (even without insulin), I sleep better, and I feel like I even save money because I’m not buying a lot of foods that most people would normally get at the store (like candies, chips, cookies, etc). They are great reads and I recommend them to everyone. It’s not just for diabetics, it’s for everyone and everyone would benefit from this lifestyle.and Wheat Belly. These books embody my beliefs on food and have amazing insight to how food affects us everyday, even if we don’t see it happening. It has scientific explanations about how sugar, wheat, and carbs can secretly reck your body (diabetic or not). It embraces the Paleo lifestyle and teaches you how to ease yourself into it (including food lists of what to eat which is every helpful). I’m all about that sugar free, carb free, wheat free, grain free, dairy free, gluten free lifestyle! Woot! I have received amazing results from switching to all paleo.. my energy level back to 100%, I feel great during workouts, I keep my body weight how I like it, my blood sugar levels are in good ranges (even without insulin), I sleep better, and I feel like I even save money because I’m not buying a lot of foods that most people would normally get at the store (like candies, chips, cookies, etc). They are great reads and I recommend them to everyone. It’s not just for diabetics, it’s for everyone and everyone would benefit from this lifestyle.

Check out my “Research” tab on the site’s menu or click on the link. It has many more recommendations of good books, other website links, and current news articles about Type 1 Diabetes