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Do you want help embracing your real-life journey to savoring lower-carb, easy, real food? If so, you’re in the right place! 

Why lower carb?

Because most Americans consume far too many processed/refined carbohydrates (e.g., white flour and sugar). This contributes to a higher risk of prediabetes and diabetes. 

Decreasing the carbohydrates in your diet can significantly improve your health–even without necessarily counting carbohydrates (or calories), following a very low carbohydrate (such as a “keto”) meal plan, or even losing weight.

My goal is to show you a lower-carb lifestyle is sustainable and impactful for your health. 

Why easy, real food

Because we are all short on time and in need of fewer processed foods. I define “real foods” as mostly whole foods from nature, processed as little as possible. For example, fruits, vegetables, meats, dairy products (if desired), legumes, and whole grains. These simple, natural ingredients can provide the basis for quick, nutritious, and delicious meals. 

I estimate that 80% of the products on grocery store shelves are not worth buying. But you might be thinking that you need some of these foods for the convenience they provide. 

My goal is to teach you how to plan simple and satisfying meals regularly with easy, real foods. 

Why you?

Because diabetes is a very serious and growing concern for Americans–and chances are, it will affect you or someone you love.

About 8% of US adults have type 2 diabetes. But nearly 34% of US adults have pre-diabetes, which often leads to type 2 diabetes within 5 years. Further, the problem is growing (even among younger people) and many people don’t even know when they have prediabetes. 

The good news? Prediabetes and diabetes can be prevented with healthy lifestyle behaviors, including a lower carb way of eating and regular physical activity. And even if you have diabetes, making these changes now can reverse the disease process or prevent long-term complications.

It can feel overwhelming and restrictive to have to change what you eat to prevent and manage diabetes, but just like everything in life, it is a journey worth taking and I’m here to help. 

My goal is to help you embrace your real-life journey to savoring lower carb, easy, real food to prevent (or manage) diabetes.

Why me?

The short answer? Who better than an experienced diabetes expert to help you on this journey?

This is me, Diane Norwood. I’ve been a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) for more than 20 years. I’ve been a Certified Diabetes Care and Education Specialist (CDCES) for 15 years. I’ve worked in hospitals, in outpatient clinics, in nutrition public relations, and as a freelance health/nutrition writer and recipe developer. 

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My driftwood “yoke”…

More About My Motivation

Since 2004, I have been wandering the world with my Navy Pediatrician husband. Our current home is the sub-tropical island of Okinawa, Japan! But we have been inspired by many cultures (read: food) while living our military life mostly overseas in Japan and Italy.

Traveling during our time overseas has exposed our family of five to the food of more than 30 countries! This has made us even more passionate about preparing and savoring authentic, delicious, healthy food. 

Unfortunately, the “American diet” (or “western diet” as it is known in Asia) has exposed us all to an abundance of unhealthy food choices and alarming rates of obesity and its related diseases, such as diabetes.

Therefore, I feel compelled to help you grapple with confusing nutrition information (and misinformation) to figure out what to eat. Along the way, I will wholeheartedly encourage you to strive for simplicity and grace–with food and in life. I hope you’ll wander with me on this journey and get something meaningful out of it!

Of course, what really motivates me on a daily basis are our three girls: SE (14), MJ (12) and SA (8). They inspire me, as the main meal planner in our family, to strive for the best nutrition at each meal. Like you, I find it challenging to find the time and energy to prepare nutritious meals. Some days I want to give up, if only for a meal–but I am continually reminded that our health is worth it. And established healthy habits carry us most of the way! Still, some days are better than others. So, here’s to a journey of more “better days” for us all–savoring lower carb, easy, real food.

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