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The summer of 2014, I was traveling along Europe’s Mediterranean Sea and I began to realize something was wrong with me. I had lost a huge amount of weight, had extreme thirst, and total exhaustion. As a former college athlete, marathoner, lifeguard, and an extremely active and health conscious person, I never thought I that my symptoms would be so serious. I checked into a medical center in the belly of my cruise ship and there I was in full diabetic ketoacidosis and diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes, an autoimmune disease that occurs when the body’s own immune system destroys the insulin-producing cells of the pancreas. Type 1 is not preventable nor curable and the cause is unknown. I was devastated to hear this news. I hated the idea that I was forever tied to injecting insulin into my body every day in order to live. Stuck on the cruise ship, I was too unstable to fly back to America, so I stayed hospitalized for a few days until my body was out of ketoacidosis. After being released from the medical center, I was determined to stay on the trip and to continue my travels and to see all the other countries that I have been waiting all of my life to see.I stayed in Europe for a month after my diagnoses and became consumed with the fascination of my disease. At every city and country I went to, I immediately had to find the nearest internet cafe to research my disease and how I could help it. With all my research, I also found some amazing stories of people just like me living with my disease and still doing amazing things in their lives. Type 1 Diabetics can still eat any kind of food that they want as long as they take the right insulin dosage for it. However, I noticed that a lot of the blogs I read were talking about the “Paleo Diet” as a way to lessen your insulin amounts and to lessen major blood sugar spikes. The “Paleo Diet” is a low carb, low sugar way of eating based on how primal humans ate (for example meat, vegetables, fruits). This was then where I decided to take my life in a new direction. I began eating and living the Paleo lifestyle and I noticed that I didn’t have to take as much insulin for certain foods. Plus by eliminating the bad carbs out of my life, I noticed that I wouldn’t get as many major blood sugar spikes from certain foods (because even stress, working out, not sleeping well, anything can still cause a high blood sugar spike). With this incurable disease, the Paleo lifestyle was a way for me to help control most of my blood sugars and helped me be more aware of what I was putting into my body. Although food helps with some of my blood sugars, it does not help cure it (unlike Type 2 Diabetes). I began my own blog (www.typeonetypehappy.com) featuring low carb, low sugar recipes, tips, and daily inspirations to help empower and inspire Type 1s (and even non-diabetics) to continue living life to the happiest and fullest.

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  • Posted in Cucumber Detox Juice aka Liquid Gold on Sunday May 29, 2016

    This is such a great way to get hydrated when I am sick of drinking water all the time and at the same time, get my body cleansed! I love the idea of adding berries! I will definitely love to try that next time too!

  • Posted in Double-Chocolate Brownie Batter Overnight Oats on Sunday May 29, 2016

    As a chocolate lover, this is such a great healthy way to get that chocolate fix! I love how versatile overnight oats can be and this is one of my top favorite flavors to make! I love the add of almond butter to add that extra flavor and makes it a little thicker consistency that I love!

  • Posted in Paleo Zucchini Rice on Sunday May 29, 2016

    This is such a great new way to eat zucchini! I never thought of making it like a rice! I am so happy to of discovered this recipe because it is a great new low carb one as an alternative to rice!

  • Posted in Private: Banana Zucchini Bread on Wednesday May 25, 2016

    So yummy and simple to make! I loved using all of my leftover bananas and zucchinis for this! I was looking for a new breakfast dish to make and I loved making this at the beginning of the week and then having it as a quick breakfast for the rest of the week. It tastes great to toast it with some butter 🙂

  • Posted in Lemony Spinach Raw Pesto with Zoodles on Tuesday Apr 12, 2016

    Wonderful meal to make during the spring/summer months! The fresh vegetables make you feel healthy and light after eating them. Such a great low carb alternative to pasta! I am definitely going to keep making this all summer long!

  • Posted in No Bake Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bites on Tuesday Apr 12, 2016

    Love these little bite sized cookies! They are a perfect size to grab when you want a little sweet treat. It feels good to be able to indulge into this cookie dough without the fear of getting sick like normal cookie dough! I love how simple the ingredients are! I also added few more chocolate chips to make them a little more chocolate chunky.

  • Posted in Banana Date Smoothie on Tuesday Apr 12, 2016

    So yummy and so easy to make! Definitely has lots of great natural sweet flavor! I even used this smoothie recipe as a dessert replacement to solve my sweet tooth craving!

  • Posted in Vegan Cheezy Broccoli Fritters on Tuesday Apr 12, 2016

    These are so amazing! I don't like eating regular hamburgers so these are such a great alternative for me! I used a garlic sea salt with some lemon herbs and ground parsley and it made it so flavorful! This is honestly one of my favorites! I also used a little less of the yeast and it still turned out great! You can very easily make this recipe any way you want and it still works! Love it!

  • Posted in Easy Roasted Cauliflower on Friday Mar 11, 2016

    This recipe is so easy to make and you can do so many things with it! You can add additional spices to make it different each time and you can serve it with any main dish!

  • Posted in No-Bake Vanilla Coconut Doughnut Holes on Thursday Mar 3, 2016

    I am newly obsessed with these No-Bake Vanilla Coconut Doughnut Holes! They are packed with flavor, super easy to make, and made with simple ingredients! I love how there is no added sugar to these doughnuts because they are naturally sweet from dates and coconut used.

  • Posted in Rainbow Veggie Wraps on Sunday Feb 28, 2016

    Not only are these Rainbow Veggie Wraps beautiful to look at, but they smell and taste amazing! Making these with fresh raw vegetables makes you immediately feel its healthy benefits and has your body thanking you. With this dish, you truly taste all of the rainbow!

  • Posted in Mexican Hot Chocolate Chia Pudding Parfaits on Sunday Feb 28, 2016

    I love this recipe because it is a great snack or dessert to have when you are having that chocolate craving. This helps satisfy that never ending feeling while keeping low in sugars and carbs! When I tried this chia pudding, I loved how simple it was to make. You get an instant decadent, healthy pudding in seconds. I also love how it puts a little more of a twist to your normal chocolate pudding by adding a bit of the cayenne!

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