Rediscovering the Power Transform Your Lifestyle | Carolann’s Success Story

Article written and reviewed by Cyrus Khambatta, PhD
Published July 25, 2023

Carolann's health journey took a transformative turn when she decided to take control of her type 2 diabetes and reclaim her vitality. Dissatisfied with the conventional approach and the limitations imposed by medication, she sought a solution that aligned with her belief in the power of nutrition. 

This search led her to the Mastering Diabetes Method and coaching program. Through her commitment to a low-fat, plant-based lifestyle, Carolann experienced remarkable improvements in her health, shedding excess weight, and triumphing over her type 2 diabetes. 

In this blog post, we delve into Carolann's inspiring success story and her empowering journey to better health and well-being.

Breaking Free from Medication

Fed up with traditional treatments, Carolann decided to explore alternative approaches to managing her type 2 diabetes. Inspired by the Mastering Diabetes Method and its emphasis on a low-fat, plant-based diet, she took charge of her health and parted ways with her endocrinologist. Determined to prove that nutrition could be the key to reversing her condition, Carolann embraced this life-changing decision and never looked back.

Embracing Plant-Based Nourishment

Enrolling in the Mastering Diabetes coaching program was a pivotal moment for Carolann. Working with her coach, Andrea, she learned to pay attention to how different foods affected her energy levels and overall well-being. With Andrea's guidance, she discovered the joy of plant-based cuisine and found creative ways to integrate her favorite flavors into her meals. 

From tantalizing dishes with beans and quinoa to delectable homemade gravies, Carolann's plate was always filled with rich and satisfying foods that nurtured her body and soul.

The Power of Food for Healing

Carolann's journey to better health became a revelation. Adhering to a whole-food, plant-based diet, she found her weight dropping steadily. As her body shed excess pounds, her cholesterol levels, which had been historically high, improved dramatically. Her blood pressure, once a cause for concern, stabilized to healthy levels, leaving her medical professionals impressed and curious about her newfound lifestyle.

Overcoming Challenges and Celebrating Success

Carolann faced her share of challenges throughout her journey. While she loved sweet treats, she learned to savor and appreciate the sweetness of fruits and occasionally indulged in healthier alternatives, like a glazed Munchkin, without falling into old patterns of overindulgence. Overcoming ADHD and relying on strong coffee and high-potency vitamins for focus, she discovered that a whole-food, plant-based diet brought her unparalleled mental clarity and focus.

A Lifelong Commitment

For Carolann, the Mastering Diabetes Method is not just a diet; it's a life-changing approach to nourishing her body and soul. She firmly believes that nutrition is the foundation for overall well-being and a powerful tool for reversing disease. Her journey has empowered her to stand up for herself, advocating for her health and making choices that align with her well-being. With her newfound energy, vitality, and zest for life, Carolann is an inspiration to those seeking a transformative path to health.

Carolann's success story showcases the profound impact of the Mastering Diabetes Method and coaching program on her health and happiness. Her unwavering commitment to a low-fat, plant-based lifestyle empowered her to reverse her type 2 diabetes, shed excess weight, and experience a renewed sense of well-being. Carolann's journey teaches us the power of nutrition in healing our bodies and reveals the potential for a vibrant life through nourishing, plant-based choices. Her story stands as a testament to the transformative and empowering potential of embracing a whole-food, plant-based approach to health and wellness.

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.