Maintenance Technician, Elias Gutierrez, Whole30D – Whole30 and Type1 Diabetes

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First week behind me in the Whole30 Journey and it’s been a great personal success.  I feel better physically and emotionally.  Tough it is; however, my alternative is tougher row to hoe.

Last year I was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes.  That’s a tough one.  If you know me, you know I love to eat.  Diabetes and what I like or liked to eat don’t go together.  So, when I say my alternative is a tougher row to hoe, Whole30 isn’t that big a challenge.

First off, why me?  No one else in my family has diabetes, so why me.  Well, diabetes doesn’t care about who, why or when.  Diabetes only cares about my lifestyle and how I eat.

It has been a struggle.  Not only is a pain, it’s just inconvenient.  So anything that makes it easier is great. 

I’m sitting in Pederson’s break room before New Year’s and several people are talking about this Whole30 deal.  A couple of people are acting excited about.  It sounds hard; but it’s not as hard as diabetes… so I decide I’m in…  I’m tired of feeling bad and I am tired of trying to find good stuff to eat.  I actually started scaling back and correcting my diet the week before New Year’s.  So on New Year’s day, I am ready.  Really, the hardest part of this challenge is going to be the blog… I don’t know how to blog.  So, my Whole30 team is helping me BLOG.

Being in a small town (Gustine,Texas), it’s a more than a little bit difficult to find food that fits Whole30.  All of the Pederson’s crew on Whole30 has been sharing ideas and then if you can’t find the right stuff or I don’t have time: I find out Freida’s Sweets and Meats is going to do Whole30 for January.  So, finding the food part isn’t as hard as we thought it would be.  Check out my Facebook posts, I love chicharrons!  Also, if you eat really good quality food that meets Whole30 requirements,,,,, I get satisfied.  Did I mention I like to eat!  I really like good food.  It’s not what I used to eat, but I really like what I am eating.

Did I mention that there are things allowed on Whole30 that are not allowed in a diabetics diet… makes it even harder!  I’m on the Whole30D Program.

So, here’s the deal,  I feel better already!  My old ways of eating were making me sick.  I feel better and a couple of people notice and said I look better.  I am already able to see differences in my medication; I need less medication to regulate my blood sugar.  I was really kicking a can over this medication thing; who knows, if I eat Whole30 I may not need medication long-term.  I am having to monitor my blood sugar to make sure it doesn’t fall too low, so something is happening or something is working for me. 

Did I mention I finally feel like hitting the gym, starting tonight!

Comments 2

  1. Melissa Hartwig


    I’m so happy to hear that you are feeling better already! I know the program is challenging, but the more practice you have, the easier it will be. I look forward to reading future blogs about your experience!

    Melissa xx

  2. Kerry Dudley

    Elias—- good job!!!! Type 1 may have been precipitated by infection of pancreas ! Stay on track–watch carbs–ck sugars!!!

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