Who says you have to be defined by a type 1 diabetes diagnosis? Who says your life can’t continue to be just as rich or fulfilling? Certainly not today’s guest. Lauren Plunkett is a registered dietitian, a diabetes education specialist, a fitness instructor, a dynamic national speaker, a plant-based nutrition advocate, and a shining beacon of positive energy, exemplifying how to live your best life with type 1 diabetes. And she does it all with so much empathy, a keen intellect, and a smile so radiant I swear you could see it from ten miles away. Lauren is also the author of the book Type One Determination, which I love because it’s from the perspective of someone who’s both a patient and an expert, offering applicable strategies to anyone suffering from type 1 diabetes. Some of our listeners might even recognize her name for her contribution to our very own Switch4Good blog.
With her characteristic feistiness, wit, and verve, she’s certainly someone who can teach us all a thing or two about living our very best lives.
“You get used to feeling bad. I think a lot of Americans are in that situation. They don’t know what it’s like to feel healthy and they get used to feeling the specific way that they do. And dairy, I think, is one of the finest examples of how fast someone can go from feeling what they do on a daily basis to, ‘maybe I should knock off one of the inflammatory foods, one of the big allergens.’ And when they cut back on milk, it takes a couple of days to say, ‘I feel way better.’” -Lauren Plunkett
What we discuss in this episode:
- The type 1 diabetes symptoms she experienced as a child and how she learned to cope with her diagnosis
- The truth about insulin and weight gain
- Intermittent fasting
- Diabetes and plant-based nutrition
- The power of a fiber-rich diet
- The importance of exercise in how it affects diabetes
- Lauren Plunkett’s sound advice on how to communicate effectively with doctors
- The benefits of not consuming cows’ milk
- Her book: Type One Determination — Lauren Plunkett Health
- Website: Lauren Plunkett
- S4G blog article: Ditch Dairy to Better Manage Type 1 Diabetes - Switch4Good
- LinkedIn: Lauren Plunkett, RDN LD CDCES - Health educator, public speaker, author - LP Nutrition Consulting LLC | LinkedIn
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