Before, March, 2011, during July 2012.

Before, March, 2011, during July 2012.

Hello, my name is Shannon and I am a T2 Diabetic. As anyone with Diabetes knows, it is a life sentence. Yes, we often take medications and are more careful of our diet, all things in moderation you know. The problem I had was that even on medication and a low fat diet, high in “heart healthy whole grains”, I became progressively worse. I gained a lot of weight and my diabetes made friends with hypertension, elevated cholesterol, and GERD. With them came more prescriptions in addition to the metformin, glipizide, and starlix I was taking for my diabetes.

Once upon a time, in April of 2011, I got a wake-up call from the NP at my doctor’s office while going over labs. She set me to task, fighting my Diabetes one bite at a time. In doing so, I’ve ended up having to deal with some pesky side effects like lower blood sugar, lowered triglycerides, weight loss, and I exercise now.

I’m not on a “diet”, my diet (the food that I consume) is for the most part whole foods like meats, fish, eggs, cream, cheese, butter, leafy green vegetables, cruciferous vegetables, squashes, fruits like tomato, avocado, berries, and some melons. Sugar in all forms still impacts my Type 2 Diabetes (I’m not cured, only in remission as long as I keep fighting with each bite), so honey, agave, and cane are a no-go and some processed things like splenda are still in my pantry. (I’m not skerd of artificial sweeteners, so any argument is pointless)

In my journey, I’ve learned to question everything. I’ve also learned that each and every one of us are unique individuals, one size does not fit all in terms of Type 2 Diabetes or weight loss. I’ve also learned that the scale is a fickle old hag, and best viewed with an open mind.

There were many folks along my journey who helped me via inspiration, information, or support. Every day I am thankful to the ones who walked the path before me, and hope that I can pay it forward by sharing my journey. If nothing else, I hope to make you, the reader, think prior to just accepting this or that in regards to “healthy”.

There is so much information out there, we owe it to ourselves to become better educated when it comes to what healthy is. We owe it to ourselves to become better patients, to do everything we can to be healthy on our own, not simply become enraged when we find that our doctors are not magicians, they really can only help those of us who help themselves.




17 thoughts on “About

  1. Shannon! I miss you! Maybe you could sign up for Instagram? I have all kinds of insightful pictures, like the delivery guys carrying our new fridge with a strap instead of a dolly! See? I’m always the teacher. lol Please? 🙂

  2. Hi Shannon! My name is Cameron Von St. James and I had a quick question for you and was wondering if you’d be willing to email me when you have a free moment? My email is (removed for privacy purposes) ☺ Hope to hear from you soon!

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  4. I nominated you for a Liebster Award! It’s an award to help bloggers with less than 200 followers get discovered. Your assignment (if you chose to complete it) is as follows:
    ~ Post 11 facts about yourself
    ~ Answer 11 questions that I came up with (link to questions below)
    ~ Nominate 11 blogs that have less than 200 followers and ask them 11 questions.

    For more info visit… http://steffturner.wordpress.com/2013/05/10/my-truths-163-recognition-is-nice/

    Live long and prosper!

  5. Thanks for checking out my blog and my Low Carb Cheesy Taco Shells. I appreciate the support and hope you get a chance to try out a recipe or two for yourself. I look forward to following your posts in the future as well.


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