Our Story

My name is Elly. I was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes in June 2013.  

Around April 2013 when I was 19, I began losing huge amounts of weight, drinking ridiculous amounts of water, using the bathroom constantly, and feeling fatigued all the time. Looking back, if I had known anything about diabetes then, I would've gone straight to a doctor. But I didn't, so I'd like to share my story and spread some awareness about Type 1 Diabetes. 
I hadn’t been feeling very well for a couple of days and had gone to the doctor expecting to be told I simply needed rest and water. While waiting for my blood results, the cramping in my stomach worsened and I couldn't stop vomiting. I called my mum to come and pick me up; she took one look at me and took me straight to the Emergency Department. Endless blood tests later, it was confirmed that I had Type 1 Diabetes.  I don't remember much of the next few days spent in ICU on a drip, but that entire week was spent trying to learn as much as I could about carb counting, blood sugar levels, and insulin. 
It took about 12 months for me to come to terms with what I had. I was injecting insulin 5 times a day and learning that my eating habits had to be changed for my long term health. 
During this time, my mum and I searched high and low for recipes and meals that would help me (and other diabetics) manage their carbohydrate and sugar intake with as little stress as possible. Neither of us had been particularly good cooks, although we had both very quickly become very interested in nutritional panels! We talked about why this was so difficult and what we could do to help ourselves, and thus Diabetic Food Online was born - now rebranded Diabetes Meals Online. 

We are now the proud owners of a business that helps people with like me manage their meal time more easily. (In my spare time I make and sell home made bath bombs in my business Naked Truths).
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Natalie Wischer - Diabetes Educator. 

RN, BN, RM, CDE, Grad Dip Mgmt, Grad Cert Diab Ed.

Natalie has been working with people with diabetes for over 20 years. Natalie is the CEO for the National Association of Diabetes Centres (NADC). Natalie is also Executive Director of Australian Diabetes Online Services.

She shares her knowledge through regular articles in the Diabetes Management Journal & Australian Diabetes Educator publication. Natalie also provides consultancy services to the private sector on a number of tele-health and technology initiatives.

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Our Accredited Practising Dietitians - Lifestyle Breakthrough

Our Accredited Practising Dietitians (APD's) are Nutrition specialists – extensively trained for over 4yrs. Dietitians with the APD credential are the only nutrition professionals recognised by Medicare to deliver nutritional advice.
Through our partnership with Lifestyle Breakthrough we not only offer dietitian designed meals, but a wealth of other services designed to help our customers manage their diabetes.
Other services include exercise physiology, endocrinology, physiotherapy, aged care specialist services, along with personalised meal planning and exercise planning.
Our head Dietitian, Nathan Givoni (APD, BA Nutrition & Dietetics, BSc Hon Exercise Physiology) is focused on multidisciplinary health care and we are proud to have him and his team as part of the business to ensure we are offering the best possible service.
Lifestyle Breakthrough currently has 12 locations throughout Victoria, as well in South Australia and Queensland.
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Isabel Reeves 

Credentialled Diabetes Educator

We are thrilled to have Isabel Reeves as our monthly guest blogger. She is trained in Continuous Glucose Monitor Insertion and have both the Dexcom and the Medtronic Enlite Transmitter for use.
Isabel is also a T1 diabetic and is looking forward to the birth of her first baby mid-2016 (yes we'll change the pic when bub is born!).
Isabel can be contacted here:isabel@diabetesedu.com.au and you can visit her website or personal blog below.
Contact Us
E: info@diabetesmealsonline.com.au Phone: 1300 79 89 08

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