Conquering diabetes: How I changed my life

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Erika Kerekes of In Erika's Kitchen after a year of healthy living and weight loss
Erika after 11 months of better food, regular exercise and a huge attitude adjustment

In the summer of 2015, I was diagnosed with type II diabetes. I decided that it was time to focus on my health and make some serious changes to the way I eat, cook, exercise and think.

I'm writing this a year later, and the past 12 months have brought significant changes. I've lost weight, but that's incidental and was never my primary goal. My diabetes is under control. I feel better, my lab tests are better, and I've found a lifestyle I can love for the rest of my decades on this planet.

In this series I share the mental, physical, logistical and culinary changes I've made as I've learned how to take better care of my middle-aged body and kick diabetes to the curb. I hope you find it helpful.

Conquering diabetes: How to change your life


  1. Actions and consequences
  2. Need vs. want
  3. What I eat
  4. Breaking bad habits
  5. This is not about losing weight
  6. Talking to myself
  7. Big changes at Not Ketchup, my condiment business
  8. A gift to my family