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This is where you'll find practical tips on working with people affected by prediabetes, diabetes and related cardiometabolic conditions and the latest research and viewpoints on issues facing diabetes care and education specialists and the people they serve.



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Dialed Into a Plant-Based Diet

Jun 12, 2019, 19:40 PM

Guest blogger Jason Garrett tells AADE how his health and the health of his clients improved after he discovered a resource in the Plant-Based Nutrition Community of Interest (COI), a professional development and networking forum available to all AADE members through MY AADE NETWORK.

by Jason GarrettJason Garrett

About 10 years ago, I found out that I had prediabetes. It shook my world around, and it started a decade of new learning, new experiences and an overall desire to help any individual that I meet; not only with health and fitness, but with spirituality as well. I am currently a personal trainer and wellness/nutrition coach and I recently became a diabetes lifestyle coach.

My ongoing goal is to educate myself daily in this fight for better health and to use every resource that I come across. Becoming an AADE member has changed my life and the way that I think. My approach is totally different now because I found a new tool for success — the plant-based diet. Thank you to the Plant-Based Nutrition COI for posting the article that has helped my clients and me to achieve weight loss. I like to think of changing my diet as a total lifestyle change that will be permanent; not a temporary fix, but a new way of thinking and living.

People have noticed a boost in my energy and a renewed sense of urgency in my daily life and in my encounters with them.

Over the last two years I have toyed around with plant-based meals on Mondays. I called it my “Meatless Mondays” and it was a starting point. It extended to several days and then weeks, but never with any real sustainability. After I found the CDE’s Plant-Based Nutrition for Diabetes Toolkit, I really dialed in. People have noticed a boost in my energy and a renewed sense of urgency in my daily life and in my encounters with them.

Now, my clients are also following the plant-based diet for weight loss and for helping with other chronic diseases. I had previous success after becoming a pescatarian, but it doesn’t compare to how I have transformed over the last 45 days. I eat local vegetables (some organic) and do intermittent fasting and juicing. I now have a new way of living that is sustainable and healthy.

Thank you again to the Plant-Based Nutrition COI. I’m happy to be part of a team that is focused on educating others to live healthier lives.

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