Type 1 Diabetes Makeover – From Rollercoaster to Full Control

Affaf: I always felt like I had no control over my body I always felt like something was going to go wrong

I was doing everything the doctors were telling me and it was just so hard because all I felt was fear and all I could do was think about like diabetes 24/7 I couldn't think about anything else Affaf: And now I eat like either oatmeal or fruit in the morning I eat rice, I eat potatoes, I eat a lot of fruit I'll go on runs at like 1:20 and before I wouldn't even leave my house if I was under 200

It's like you're on coffee constantly That's basically how you feel, right? Robby: Exactly It's the truth You just have energy You get to eat food you like

Robby: I'm really excited to have my new friend here, Affaf She has an incredible transformation, and I think it's gonna inspire a lot of you guys So we're going to share her story here today Let's start with the beginning In August 2015, you're diagnosed with type 1 diabetes

What happened before then? What was going on upon the diagnosis? Affaf: Basically, I was just sick for a whole year I was throwing up a lot I felt really thirsty I lost a lot of weight That;s basically it

Robby: Yeah, the normal stuff Affaf: Yeah Robby: Okay, so you get diagnosed And then what happens? What does the doctor tell you to do? How does your family handle this? Affaf: My family was fine, but the doctor was like basically don't eat carbs I didn't eat any carbs

And it was just depressing because it was just so hard to manage it, and my life just like changed like that Robby: Absolutely What do you remember from the early days of not really being in control of diabetes? Affaf: I used to be so scared to go to sleep Because my sister when she was younger had a friend that died in her sleep because of diabetes Robby: Wow

Affaf: And so before I would go to sleep, I would eat so much to be at 300 just so that I feel comfortable going to sleep And I would wake up in my 30s It was so scary because I just felt like I had no control over my body I always felt like something was going to go wrong And I was kindof careless, but at the same time I didn't know how to be careful

Because I was doing everything the doctors were telling me, and it was just so hard because all I felt was fear and all I could do was think about like diabetes 24/7 I couldn't think about anything else And I was just so scared all the time It was just so depressing I would just be in my room all by myself crying because I just didn't know what to do and how to feel better

Robby: Walk us through a typical day of eating before you started the low fat plant based whole food program and then what you do now Affaf: So basically, I would eat eggs and turkey bacon and then I would eat for lunch probably chicken For dinner I would probably eat meat or something, but the thing about the way I was eating before, I would eat like that for like 3 days and then I would binge on Pop-Tarts or pizza or something like that because it was soLike I had no energy I didn't have anything to do And also I would drink so much caffeine It was disgusting I would have like 4 cups of coffee a day

And now, I eat like either oatmeal or fruit in the morning I eat rice, I eat potatoes, I eat a lot of fruit Yeah, that's what I eat now All day long It doesn't really matter what time f day it is

Robby: And you eat quite simply Affaf: MmmHmm Robby: You were taking 22 units of Lantis and then every time you wanted to eat a meal, you would take roughly 10 units of Novolog And also you were high all the time Your A1C was 14

So roughly 62 units of total insulin eating roughly 30 grams of total carbohydrates Affaf: And that wouldn't even fix my blood sugar Like it would still be high Robby: So then you found out about what me and Cyrus are doing at Mastering Diabetes You are literally one of the best students I've ever had

I really was like okay, let's do this Let's try it out and see how it goes You were pretty scared to eat fruit Affaf: MmmHmm Robby: But how did it go? Affaf: Well it was honestly like it was easy, but at the same time it was so weird because my blood sugars would be normal and I would start freaking out

So I feel like the transition from now and then was so easy because I'll go on runs at like 120 and before I wouldn't even leave my house if I was under 200 And so I feel like the transition was pretty smooth Robby: Yeah, that's a real thing People who don't have very good control of their blood glucose or any predictability sometimes are just scared to do things The other problem you were having is the extreme highs, but also the extreme lows

You would tank sometimes Affaf: Yeah Really badly Robby: You did everything I asked you to do I mean I said log everything in Cron-O-Meter

You did it I said send me a picture of each meal You sent a picture I said fill out the decision trees You filled them out thoroughly

You were doing everything amazingly well Affaf: I still fill them out Robby: Thank you That's great! So now, it's 6 months later and let's review your totals Your current Lantis use now is 10 units per day

And then when you eat meals, how much do you inject for your meals? Affaf: It's like 3 or 4 for each meal Robby: Yep And it's roughly 80 grams of carbohydrate per meal Affaf: Yeah Robby: Okay

And then sometimes you might have a snack in between Affaf: Yes Robby: If we run the numbers conservatively, that gives you a total of 25 units of insulin and now you're eating roughly 300 grams of carbohydrate Affaf: A lot more Robby: A lot more

So the numbers in regards to insulin sensitivity is dramatic But now let's talk about the more important stuff like how do you feel? Affaf: I feel so good! It's just — It's like you're on coffee constantly That's basically how you feel, right? Robby: Yeah, exactly It's the truth Like you just have energy

You get to eat food you like Affaf: You don't have to starve yourself to be skinny Robby: Absolutely I see your Snapchat, your Instagram, you're active all the time Affaf: MmmHmm

Robby: That's essential for overall health And have you had a new A1C since changing your diet? Affaf: Yes, but it was at 8 Robby: It improved from 14 to 8 It's progress You're young

You have friends that probably don't eat the same ways you do How do you navigate those situations? Affaf: Honestly, I feel like it's not that hard because either if I'm going somewhere I'll just make sure that we go to somewhere that has a vegan option or something like that It's not that hard to just put like a plastic container of food in your bag or whatever and go out with your friends I feel like it's not as hard as people think it seems because they just overthink it It's just like, pack your food! Or do whatever you need to do if you want to feel good

There's no price You're changing your taste buds, you're changing your entire life, and then as soon as you get used to it, it's just like whatever Robby: If you just lead by example and take care of yourself and don't make other people feel bad about their decisions, you're not judging them like oh you shouldn't have eaten that, Then it sets a good tone so they're not going to do the same thing to you We're all supporting each other, doing what each of us decides is best for ourselves You support them; they're gonna support you

If anybody is thinking about doing this, whatever type of diabetes they're living with If they're considering this program, what advice would you give to somebody? Affaf: Just do it because you're not going to be depressed and sick all the time Robby: That's pretty simple Affaf: That's all I have to say honestly Robby: Just do it

Just give this a try Affaf: I mean it's not going to hurt you If you try it for a week, you're guaranteed results Like I swear to God It's just so true

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