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An Intentional Approach to Diabetes by Deborah Johnsen

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- Deborah Johnsen -

When my daughter was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes about 8 years ago, I felt very overwhelmed. I knew she would need insulin, but I also believed that there were other ways that I could support her autoimmune disease. This was my “ah-ha” moment and my “Why” for starting Our Intentional Lifestyle. Driven by the desire to help my daughter, I was fortunate to advance my personal knowledge of these matters by becoming a Certified Holistic Health Coach through The Institute of Integrative Nutrition. I’ve lived the real-life struggles and have the solutions that help our family manage this autoimmune disease! I now understand how nutrient-dense foods, exercise, emotional well-being, and sleep all play an important role in managing blood sugar and insulin sensitivity.


What started out as my personal journey has now evolved into a mission to educate and encourage healthy, mindful living! I work with private clients and have created a 3 or 6-month program focusing on stabilizing your blood sugar and understanding the mind-body connection.


Together, we will discuss your goals and find out your “why” for doing this program. I use a holistic approach and will educate you on nutrient-dense foods and why certain foods are better than others. I will encourage you to find a way to reduce stress, help you focus on your mindset, and eliminate the negative self-talk. I will educate you about how different exercises affect blood sugar and how to keep your blood sugar stable during exercise. I will help you have a balanced relationship with food so you can achieve more stable and predictable blood sugar numbers. I will provide you with recipes for delicious food without feeling deprived. I also provide you with ideas to detox your refrigerator and pantry and provide you with healthy alternatives. This program will leave you with sustainable and manageable steps that will help you live a well-balanced life.


One quick tip that you can put into action immediately to bring down those stubborn high blood sugars is this! Squats! This simple exercise can bring down those stubborn highs. Once your muscles engage, the insulin will get to work. The nice thing about squats is you can literally do them anywhere. So, the next time you're struggling to bring down your blood sugar put this tip into action!


Listen, I get it, change is hard! That's why we do this together! I motivate and teach wellness without being complicated. I share simple, healthy, delicious recipes, and I write about living authentically. I believe that wellness is a lifestyle and every single one of us has the power to improve their health, achieve their goals, and develop sustainable habits to live a healthy and balanced life!


When you take action and begin the journey toward becoming your best self, something amazing happens! My hope is to inspire you to draw the connection between the lifestyle you live and how you look and feel!


Deborah is a wife, homeschool mom to 3 beautiful girls, entrepreneur, and self-trained chef.