What's Sweet Talkers All About?

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Good Food For Diabetics:

As a diabetic, you have surely been told to avoid all white foods and other foods to avoid. You may even have been given a meal plan to follow. But have you ever had a chance to learn about the following?

 

                                             : Finding, cooking/baking and eating DELICIOUS low carb foods                                              :  

                                             : Learning what it takes to make a healthy and satisfying meal

                                             : Discover how to take some of your favorite recipes and change them into healthier ones

                                             : Finding out about necessary nutritional needs for the diabetic

                                             : Going beyond blood sugar control and learning about your greatest health

The Emotional Side of Diabetes:

Our emotions play no small part in dealing with the many ups and downs of diabetes. They have everything to do with the successful management of not only our blood sugar levels but our health in general. Let's talk about what  the emotions are that keep us from moving forward, let's talk about ways to help one another stay on a healthy track and move forward to improve our own health.

                  Who's Behind Sweet Talkers?

                             I'm Lisa Van Herik, MSW, Diabetes Educator and Holistic Nutritionist. I have worked many

                             years  as  a psychiatric social worker, having spent two years post Master's doing an internship

                             in advanced clinical practice (therapy) at Michael Reese Hospital in Chicago. I've worked both as

                             a clinical therapist and an adoption social worker over the years. I am also a Type 1 diabetic

                             and since my diagnosis, I've become both a diabetes educator and a holistic nutritionist. I have

                             organized and run many free  support groups over those years as well.

The seeds for this group started somewhere around 18 years ago when I was first diagnosed as a                           LADA Type 1 diabetic. While I knew very little about diabetes at the time, I did know enough to know that I needed to focus the bulk of my attention on what I ate.

What I learned early on in my career as a diabetic was that the information available at the time on diabetic diets was not only very limited but also often very wrong...not to mention confusing. 

Many miles later, on this long, learning adventure of diabetes, I've taught myself to cook, bake and analyze recipes for the healthiest and most delicious ingredients that I can find. I've spent the past years hunting for delicious, low carb, healthy consumer products to share with other diabetics as well. I've also spent that time constantly teaching myself about the many and varied aspects of nutrition...and I want to share all that information with other diabetics.

Sweet talkers precepts and goals
  • We believe it's possible for food to work FOR diabetics instead of against them

  • We understand that no single meal plan works for everyone. 

  • We work to help each person find their best meal plan

  • We don't live in a perfect world so we're not looking for perfection. Just improvement

  • One of the best ways of controlling our health is with the foods we eat

  • We believe that you deserve to enjoy the food you eat

  • Sweet Talkers does the research for you so you don't have to

  • We believe in simplifying food information to make it more useful for diabetics

  • You can make big changes in your life style a small step at a time

  • We are here to help you make the best research-based food choices for yourself NOW

  • We agree with Hippocrates who said: 'Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food'

Medical Disclaimer

The information presented by Sweet Talkers is not intended to replace a one-on-one relationship with a qualified health care professional and is not intended as medical advice. It is intended as a sharing of knowledge and information from the research and experience of Sweet Talkers and the experts with whom they have collaborated. We encourage you to make your own health care decisions based upon your research and in partnership with a qualified health care professional. This meeting is provided for informational purposes only and no guarantees, promises, representations or warranties of any kind regarding benefits, have been or will be made by Sweet Talkers.  Sweet Talkers is not responsible for, and shall have no liability for any success or failure, acts and/or omissions, the appropriateness of the participant’s decisions, or the use of or reliance on this information.