Since 2013, I have been following a plant-based vegan diet.

For me, this has been one of the most valuable changes I have made to my lifestyle, improving my diabetes management, athletic performance and overall health.

Calculating food intake while having diabetes can be challenging enough, adding exercise on top of this can make things even more challenging to ensure you are adequately fuelled pre-, during and post-exercise while maintaining good blood glucose levels.

It is a fine art finding what works best for you and frequently I still get this wrong.

Trial and error has been key in finding the foods that keep me going and keep my blood sugar levels stable for training and races.

When training for any running event, I have to take into consideration how many carbs I will need to eat, how training will affect my blood sugar levels and how much insulin I have to take.

On race day it’s a whole different ball game with adrenaline, cortisol, race pace and distance all playing an additional roll in my diabetes control for the one specific event.

Only recently have I implemented a race day plan for my upcoming Boston Marathon and UTA 50K events.

I will write a  blog post about these in the near future and share my plans.

So now, as I begin my official studies of nutrition next year, I am excited to share my learnings about how whole foods can fuel the body for optimum performance.

Here is my basic guide to eating a whole food plant-based diet: plant-based-eating-guide

And here are some good plant based resources for athletes with or without diabetes:

Mangoman Nutrition

Mindful Diabetic

Nutrition Facts