Gretchen OtteCondition: Type 1 DiabeticDiagnosed Year: 23Foods I Love:Grass-fed meats Chicken Salmon Dark leafy greens Celery Broccoli Cauliflower Avocado Cacao Eggs Zucchini Almonds Stevia Decaffeinated coffee Red wineFoods I Avoid:Refined sugar GMO foods Gluten Artificial colors and flavorings Bread White rice Grains PastaMy Recipes & ArticlesAvocado Tuna Bowl on May 7, 2021Nesting Eggs on July 20, 2020Gruyere Ricotta Asparagus Tart on April 8, 20204-Ingredient Paleo Bunny Pancakes on April 18, 2019What a Daughter with a Chronic Condition Desperately Wants Her Parents to Know on May 10, 2017Paleo Peach Coconut Smoothie on February 6, 20163 Days of Eating for Type 1 Diabetes Gretchen Otte on October 27, 2015Cilantro Lime Chicken With Zucchini Noodles on October 26, 2015Egg Omelette with Avocado Slices on September 12, 2015The Mortifying Way I Discovered My Autoimmune Disease on September 10, 2015Egg Asparagus Toast on September 9, 2015Sweet Potato Shoestring Curly Fries on September 1, 2015How a Stranger Convinced Me My Diabetes Diagnosis Wasn’t the End of The World on August 17, 2015Spaghetti Squash Casserole on August 1, 2015Zucchini Noodles With Creamy Avocado Basil Sauce on July 21, 2015Almond Strawberry Shortbread (Gluten-Free, Low-Carb) on July 14, 2015Strawberry Paleo Muffins on June 3, 2015Easy Zoodle Avocado and Feta Wrap on March 22, 2015My StoryThe 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.