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Our Diabetes Meals story

We were thrilled to win the 3AW/Momentum Energy Small Business Award for 2017. We spoke with Denis Walter on radio 3AW about how we started. Listen here.

  • 2018 Telstra Business Award Shortlist
  • 2017 3AW/Momentum Energy Small Business Winner August 
  • Featured in Diabetes Matters, March 2018 (Diabetes WA magazine).

 

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, mum and I searched high and low for recipes and meals that would help me manage my carb 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 others who must be going through the same thing and that's how Diabetes Meals Online began.

We are now the proud owners of a business that helps make meal time a bit easier for people who are managing all types of diabetes.
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Natalie Wischer - Credentialled Diabetes Educator. 

CEO NADC, 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 provides consultancy services to the private sector on a number of tele-health and technology initiatives. Natalie also travels the world speaking at and attending diabetes related conferences.

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Sherie Sourial - Accredited Practicing Dietitian, Credentialled Diabetes Educator & Health Coach. 

APD, Grad Cert Diab Ed, CDE, 

Sherie is passionate about helping people get healthy. As the owner of www.keepingyouhealthy.com.au her services include group education, one on one consultations, supermarket tours, cooking classes and telephone consultations.
We're thrilled to have her as our consultant dietitian specialising in diabetes management. 
Sherie is a delight to work with and helps people design a healthy lifestyle tailored to suit their individual needs.
Sherie also manages our telephone dietitian services.
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Janine Nicholls Counsellor

Janine Nicholls. Bachelor Counselling. 

Janine holds a Bachelor of Counselling and having been married to a T1, knows very well the impact that diabetes can have. Along with her experience with all types of diabetes, she has also worked in mental health, dementia and with drug addiction. Janine also works with the Salvation Army on a volunteer basis. Janine manages our telephone counselling service.
Her kind and peaceful personality will put you at ease immediately.
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We also have guest bloggers who are CDE's, dietitians and people managing diabetes, who write about diabetes and related content designed to help our customers. If you'd like to be one of our authors please contact us at info@diabetesmealsonline.com.au

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