Hi! I’m RoseAnne and I am a wife, mother, grandmother, and teacher. I have battled with weight problems all my life, carrying an extra 15 or 20 pounds through my teen years and most of my early adult life. In my mid-thirties I started packing on even more weight, a little bit each year, until I found myself 80 pounds overweight and so out of shape that I lived in terror of a heart attack. Once an active outdoor-type person who loved to ski, hike, swim and kneeboard behind our boat, more and more I found myself hiding away inside, too embarrassed and too out of shape to participate with my family and friends. I tried diet after diet, often starting well but ending in failure.
Then two things happened which changed my life.
First – I joined a support group at my church that was based on the book Lose It For Life by Stephen Arterburn and Dr. Linda Mintle. This was not a new diet, it was instead a process of discovering why I overeat and a process of changing my way of thinking about eating. It helped me to change my motivation from wanting to look good on the outside to wanting to feel good on the inside and wanting to please the One who had created me. It encouraged me to take small steps that I could live with for a lifetime, slowly training my habits and taste buds to eat a whole new way.
Second – diabetes – not for me, but for my husband, the man who carried only a few extra pounds, has a physically demanding job, is continually active, and seemed to have none of the risk factors for the disease (while I had all of them). Suddenly the man who never gave a thought to what or how much he ate had to rearrange his thinking.
I spent an entire summer vacation researching nutrition and diabetes, reading clinical study after clinical study, searching for the healthiest way of eating, hoping we could heal him with good nutrition but realizing that we must change our eating style for rest of our lives. I knew that to keep my husband at his healthiest, without increasingly more meds, I would have to join his journey, eating the same way he was having to eat. I knew how hard it is to eat differently from others in the household and I knew that he would not be able to completely change without my support.
This blog came about because of all that I have learned about nutrition, health, and fitness as we fight diabetes and strive to become our healthiest. I have never been one to take somebody else’s word on a topic, especially nutrition; I want to see the science behind that “word”. I would expect no less of any of my readers, so I promise to link you to as many studies as I can to back up anything that I say. Call me on it if I don’t back up my statements, and if you have additional sources (real science not just a doctor’s opinion or spin) that either support or contradict what I say please share them in the comments.