Real life tips by Kristie, a 40 year old Mom who reduced her HbA1c from 6.1 to 5.1 in 9 months


Are you struggling to get your HbA1c below 5.7% ? I know it is a dream of every prediabetic / diabetic to do it.  Hi Friends I am very excited to share you a Real life Experience of Kristie, a 40 year old mom from Michigan – USA. In today’s interview she is going to share  how she has brought her HbA1c % from 6.1 to 5.1 in 6 months. That sounds very interesting and inspiring. If a 40 yr old Mom is able to achieve this why can’t you do it. Come on read through to find Kristie’s secrets about controlling her prediabetes. She is a highly motivated individual who likes to motivate others and as a result she is also Admin of a very Resourceful Facebook Group – Prediabetes Awareness

  • kristieTell us About yourselves?

I’m a 40-year-old mom from Michigan. My kids are 5 and 11 and my husband is a police officer. I spent 20 years as a 911 dispatcher and last year I left that field to take a job as a loader in a calcium chloride plant. I enjoy being outside, running and lifting weights. I’m hoping to compete in my first powerlifting meet sometime next year. I also practice Krav Maga 2-3 days a week and hope to test for my black belt this July. Basically, I’m a mom, a ninja and a Marvel comic obsessed superhero

  • January 2015 during a pre-employment physical
  • I wasn’t surprised.  I had gestational diabetes twice and knew I would eventually have to deal with it.
  • A1C and fasting blood tests
  • Became more active and lost weight.
  • 100-125 mg/dl
  • < 5.7%
  • Diet is huge in controlling this condition.  All the exercise in the world, unfortunately, won’t outrun a poor diet.
  • I eat a lot of protein bars for breakfast because I don’t have time to cook breakfast.  I work 12 hr shifts and have to be at work at 6am.  I’m on my feet all day and have no facilities or breaks to make a bigger breakfast.  On my off days I will often have bacon and eggs or sausage and eggs with my coffee.
  • Lunch is usually a series of low carb snacks rather than a meal.  Pepperoni and a cheese stick, Greek yogurt, occasionally a protein shake or maybe leftovers from dinner the night before.  I prefer to have several snacks around lunch time.
  • I do snack between meals.  Not a lot but I tend to eat something at least every two hours.
  • Dinner is typically a traditional “meat and sides” kind of dinner.  I still cook noodles or biscuits for my family, though I only eat the meat and whatever vegetable I make for dinner, maybe a side of cottage cheese.
  • I train in Krav Maga at least twice a week for an hour each time and lift weights (powerlifting mostly) 2-3 days a week.  The extra muscle I’ve gained from weightlifting consistently has had a huge effect on my blood sugar.  I can eat a lot more food and continue to reduce body fat.
  • 4 times a day
  • I have learned what I can and can’t eat.  There are foods I was told diabetics can eat that spike my blood sugar really high.  If I wasn’t testing, I would have no idea that a small amount of oatmeal can send my sugar over 200.  I was told that a serving of oatmeal was a great breakfast for diabetics.  Unfortunately, that’s not true for me.  Diabetes is a very individual disease and without regular testing there is no way to know if you’re eating the right foods for you.
  • [easyazon_image align=”right” height=”180″ identifier=”B00AUDTJ8Q” locale=”US” src=”” tag=”healdietfor09-20″ width=”180″]I use the ReliOn Prime from WalMart.  The meter and strips are very affordable.  They’re cheaper than what my insurance would provide and I don’t have to worry about running out of strips.
  • I am a huge fan of moderation!!!  I didn’t like how I felt on a very low carb diet so I eat between 100 and 120 net carbs a day.  I make sure I’m over 150g of protein a day.  But more important than my daily totals, I make sure that every time I eat, I’m eating more protein than carbs.  That guarantees my sugar won’t spike.  There is truly nothing off limits in my diet.  If I’m craving a cookie or a piece of cake, I plan for it.  I eat something high protein and then have a few bites of what I’m craving.  I found that it’s better for me to just have a couple of bites of my craving and move on.  It saves me from possibly binging on what I really want.  I wanted cake for my birthday, so we had steak for dinner.  It’s the way of eating I can live with forever and I still brought my A1C down from 6.1 in January 2015 to 5.1 by October of 2015.  Best of all, I never feel deprived.


HDFD thanks Kristie for her valuable time and Real life tips to take control over diabetes. Kristie is a highly motivated individual who likes to motivate others and as a result she is also Admin of a very Resourceful Facebook Group Prediabetes Awareness