Host: Anida Westlake
Your diabetes diagnosis was the beginning of a changed life. Finding your way to a balanced way of living is the key to health and happiness. It’s not just diet, it’s a full awareness of your body’s needs and integrating those needs into your lifestyle. Choosing to care for your self, feeling motivated to make the right choices can make a powerful difference. By taking control – you’ll be empowered, happier and healthier! Join us each week for a non-judgmental approach to creating your balanced life.
Choosing The Balanced Life with Diabetes
For over 20 years Anida Westlake has helped individuals move forward and guide them to make positive shifts in their thoughts and actions, thus empowering them to move towards a successful life despite having diabetes. Having endured 30 years with this auto-immune disorder, Anida understands the struggles.
When first diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes, Anida learned to give herself insulin injections using glass needles, and to test her blood sugar levels using test tubes, eyedroppers and pills. The diets and choices were much more limited at the time. As time passed however, so did the methods for diabetic care: Multiple injections using disposable syringes, pen needles and the insulin pump, among others. No longer reliant on test tube eye droppers and pills, today’s small meters and strips can tell the diabetic their blood glucose levels in a matter of seconds
In spite of these new tools, managing diabetes is still a challenge: Not only physically managing the condition itself, but managing relationships with partners, family and friends may weigh heavily on the diabetic, who might feel judged or worse, a failure.
When faced with the decision to have children, Anida decided to go ahead. Both pregnancies were a success, resulting in two healthy children. Through this experience she met others with challenges and realized that the appearance of success varies with the individual. Recognizing this fact led Anida on her journey to help others to live with diabetes. Anida has also coached single mothers to balance the ceaseless demands of parenting and work; and has coached others such as small business owners, sales executives and individuals going through the painful process of divorce.
Anida offers her coaching to a global client base, helping people live successful lives. A single mother of two wonderful children, she resides with her family in Toronto, Canada.