Clarity After a Lifetime with Type 1 Diabetes | Amanda’s Success Story

Article written and reviewed by Cyrus Khambatta, PhD
Published July 30, 2023

Amanda's journey with type 1 diabetes spanned more than 30 years, during which she tried numerous therapies without much success in controlling her blood sugar. However, everything changed when she discovered the Mastering Diabetes Method and decided to join the coaching program. In this blog post, we will explore Amanda's inspiring success story, her significant improvements in blood sugar control, and how she now enjoys better health and vitality.

A Foundation of Plant-Based Living

Amanda was no stranger to plant-based living, having been a vegetarian since her college days. Over the years, she experimented with various plant-based diets and witnessed some health improvements. However, it wasn't until she stumbled upon the Mastering Diabetes Method, after attending a Forks Over Knives event, that she found the missing piece to optimize her diabetes management.

Embracing the Mastering Diabetes Method

With the guidance of the Mastering Diabetes book, Amanda appreciated the detailed yet engaging scientific explanations behind the method. It provided her with a solid foundation, ensuring she felt confident in adopting the approach as a sustainable lifestyle change rather than just another fad diet. Armed with knowledge and determination, Amanda embarked on her journey to better blood sugar control and improved overall health.

Remarkable Blood Sugar Control

Amanda's commitment to the Mastering Diabetes Method yielded impressive results. With her A1C consistently ranging between 4.3% and 4.8%, she achieved excellent blood sugar control. Her endocrinologist was astonished by her progress and commended her for maintaining fantastic glucose levels. Even during a skiing accident that required knee surgery, Amanda's blood sugar management remained exceptional, earning her doctor's praise and admiration.

Taking Charge of Diabetes

Empowered by the Mastering Diabetes Method, Amanda learned to take control of her diabetes rather than letting it control her. By injecting insulin and closely monitoring her blood sugar, she gained confidence in her ability to manage her condition effectively. While her endocrinologist advised raising her blood sugar target, Amanda remains conscious of her body's needs and strikes a balance that allows her to feel her best.

Weight Loss and Vibrant Health

In addition to her remarkable blood sugar control, Amanda experienced significant weight loss, shedding a total of 100 pounds since the birth of her first daughter. While not all of this weight loss was attributed to the Mastering Diabetes Method, Amanda credits approximately 30 pounds to the program. She particularly appreciates the flexibility of the method, allowing her to enjoy her favorite veggies, including carrots, which other diets may restrict.

A Love for Simple and Nourishing Meals

Amanda's daily meals demonstrate the simplicity and nourishment offered by the Mastering Diabetes Method. Her breakfast comprises overnight oats mixed with buckwheat and a burst of frozen berries, creating a delightful and colorful bowl of nutrition. For lunch, she enjoys a hearty combination of greens, chickpeas, and salsa, proving that healthy meals need not be complicated to be satisfying and beneficial.

Looking Towards a Brighter, Healthier Future

Amanda's triumph with the Mastering Diabetes Method fills her with gratitude for the improvements in her health and vitality. She no longer sees diabetes as an insurmountable challenge but as a condition she can effectively manage and thrive with. Her story serves as a beacon of hope for others seeking better health and longevity through plant-based living and the Mastering Diabetes Method.

Amanda's success story demonstrates the transformative power of the Mastering Diabetes Method and coaching program. With commitment, knowledge, and a plant-based lifestyle, Amanda achieved remarkable blood sugar control and significant weight loss. Her journey serves as an inspiration for those with diabetes, reminding them that they too can take charge of their health and achieve vibrant well-being with the support of Mastering Diabetes.

About the author 

Cyrus Khambatta, PhD

Cyrus Khambatta, PhD is a New York Times bestselling co-author of Mastering Diabetes: The Revolutionary Method to Reverse Insulin Resistance Permanently in Type 1, Type 1.5, Type 2, Prediabetes, and Gestational Diabetes.

He is the co-founder of Mastering Diabetes and Amla Green, and is an internationally recognized nutrition and fitness coach who has been living with type 1 diabetes since 2002. He co-created the Mastering Diabetes Method to reverse insulin resistance in all forms of diabetes, and has helped more than 10,000 people improve their metabolic health using low-fat, plant-based, whole-food nutrition, intermittent fasting, and exercise.

Cyrus earned a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University in 2003, then earned a PhD in Nutritional Biochemistry from the University of California at Berkeley in 2012. He is the co-author of many peer-reviewed scientific publications.

He is the co-host of the annual Mastering Diabetes Online Summit, a featured speaker at the Plant-Based Nutrition and Healthcare Conference (PBNHC), the American College of Lifestyle Medicine Conference (ACLM), Plant Stock, the Torrance Memorial Medical Center, and has been featured on The Doctors, NPR, KQED, Forks Over Knives, Healthline, Fast Company, Diet Fiction, and the wildly popular podcasts the Rich Roll Podcast, Plant Proof, MindBodyGreen, and Nutrition Rounds.

Scientific Publications:

Sarver, Jordan, Cyrus Khambatta, Robby Barbaro, Bhakti Chavan, and David Drozek. “Retrospective Evaluation of an Online Diabetes Health Coaching Program: A Pilot Study.” American Journal of Lifestyle Medicine, October 15, 2019, 1559827619879106. https://doi.org/10.1177/1559827619879106

Shrivastav, Maneesh, William Gibson, Rajendra Shrivastav, Katie Elzea, Cyrus Khambatta, Rohan Sonawane, Joseph A. Sierra, and Robert Vigersky. “Type 2 Diabetes Management in Primary Care: The Role of Retrospective, Professional Continuous Glucose Monitoring.” Diabetes Spectrum: A Publication of the American Diabetes Association 31, no. 3 (August 2018): 279–87. https://doi.org/10.2337/ds17-0024

Thompson, Airlia C. S., Matthew D. Bruss, John C. Price, Cyrus F. Khambatta, William E. Holmes, Marc Colangelo, Marcy Dalidd, et al. “Reduced in Vivo Hepatic Proteome Replacement Rates but Not Cell Proliferation Rates Predict Maximum Lifespan Extension in Mice.” Aging Cell 15, no. 1 (February 2016): 118–27. https://doi.org/10.1111/acel.12414

Roohk, Donald J., Smita Mascharak, Cyrus Khambatta, Ho Leung, Marc Hellerstein, and Charles Harris. “Dexamethasone-Mediated Changes in Adipose Triacylglycerol Metabolism Are Exaggerated, Not Diminished, in the Absence of a Functional GR Dimerization Domain.” Endocrinology 154, no. 4 (April 2013): 1528–39. https://doi.org/10.1210/en.2011-1047

Price, John C., Cyrus F. Khambatta, Kelvin W. Li, Matthew D. Bruss, Mahalakshmi Shankaran, Marcy Dalidd, Nicholas A. Floreani, et al. “The Effect of Long Term Calorie Restriction on in Vivo Hepatic Proteostatis: A Novel Combination of Dynamic and Quantitative Proteomics.” Molecular & Cellular Proteomics: MCP 11, no. 12 (December 2012): 1801–14.

Bruss, Matthew D., Airlia C. S. Thompson, Ishita Aggarwal, Cyrus F. Khambatta, and Marc K. Hellerstein. “The Effects of Physiological Adaptations to Calorie Restriction on Global Cell Proliferation Rates.” American Journal of Physiology. Endocrinology and Metabolism 300, no. 4 (April 2011): E735-745. https://doi.org/10.1152/ajpendo.00661.2010

Bruss, Matthew D., Cyrus F. Khambatta, Maxwell A. Ruby, Ishita Aggarwal, and Marc K. Hellerstein. “Calorie Restriction Increases Fatty Acid Synthesis and Whole Body Fat Oxidation Rates.” American Journal of Physiology. Endocrinology and Metabolism 298, no. 1 (January 2010): E108-116.