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Latecia's Story About Preventing Diabetes

Latecia's Favorite Recipe

Chicken Picadillo

This zesty one-pot meal is easy to throw together on a busy weeknight.

Chicken Picadillo  

Calories 162 • Total fat 5 g • Sodium 133 mg • Carbs 13 g

Latecia

  • Age: 37
  • Location: Grand Rapids, Michigan
  • Diabetes Status: Preventing type 2 diabetes
  • Activities: Playing football, dancing, walking
  • Favorite Healthy Food: Cucumbers and vinegar
  • Weakness: Chinese food
  • Goals:
    • Eat from smaller plates
    • Reward myself with sushi when we go out to eat, but keep portion control in mind
    • Get out and walk
Latecia 
 

Growing up, I watched my mother battle diabetes. I knew it was a struggle, but I never quite understood the impact it had on her until I became her primary care giver. Just learning about her hardship and what she’s gone through has made me want to prevent it for me and my family. I knew that being overweight put me at higher risk for diabetes, so I made an appointment with my doctor to make a plan to get my weight under control. I began paying more attention to how much I was eating and started to get out and move more. I made time for being active with my husband and kids, like playing football when I got home from work and going for walks.

The more educated we all are about preventing diabetes, the easier it is to maintain a healthy lifestyle. I feel wonderful now, and I’ve lost 85 pounds. In the past, my mood was down and I had a lot of weight that I was carrying. That was just an extremely horrible feeling. Now I feel more motivated. I feel good about myself. ​​​​

Watch Latecia's Video

Watch Latecia's Video

Preventing Type 2 Diabetes: Maintaining a Healthy Weight
Preventing Type 2 Diabetes: Maintaining a Healthy Weight (3:46)

Losing weight wasn't easy for Latecia, but after seeing her mom live with diabetes, she knew she needed to make changes in her life to prevent the disease.


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