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Katie Reines on Optimizing her Health on a Vegan Diet

Katie Reines on Optimizing her Health on a Vegan Diet
"The biggest takeaway from my wellness journey is to take care of my body as a whole, mind included."
Katie Reines on Optimizing her Health on a Vegan Diet

Hi Katie. Tell us a little bit about yourself and what led you to the Nutrisense CGM Program.

I’m a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist with the Create Cures Foundation Clinic in Santa Monica, CA, and @vitaminkatie on Instagram.

I was inspired years ago to pursue a career in nutrition related to being inspired by the power of food to prevent and even reverse disease. In high school, I went down the rabbit hole of veganism, and combined with stress from school and insecurities about my body, I found myself with hormonal imbalances.

In 2018, I was diagnosed with prediabetes as well as PCOS.

Since then, I've taken many action steps to take care of my body as a whole, mindset and self-worth practices included, and I include holistic health and mindset, as well as nutrition, in each consultation.

I have been plant-based for over ten years, and I wrote my master's thesis on plant-based nutrition and cancer, so it's great now to work closely with cancer patients and help them with a plant-forward approach. I am also a published author of the “Heart Disease Cookbook” and a certified vegan chef, and I love providing educational cooking classes and food demonstrations for many audiences.

As someone with PCOS and prediabetes, I find it amazing that this technology is available to help balance blood sugars and hormones. Many people don’t realize that insulin is a hormone and affects our reproductive system hormones a lot!

How did the CGM Program help with your health goals?

My goals were to stabilize my blood sugars and overall hormone balance with a plant-based approach.

I’ve been using the CGM for two weeks—this is my fourth time over the course of eight months. It’s a super necessary tool for me to stay in check with how I’m doing. I definitely want to continue using and learning more about myself and what works best for my body.

I learned it helps me most when I log more info! Seeing how the carb and protein grams, type of exercise, and how much sleep I get affect my sugars is so beneficial. Just wearing it and not logging any details is a waste.

It helped so much with accountability, too, especially because it also comes with a dietitian in your pocket.

Did you learn anything surprising about your lifestyle or diet?

The most surprising thing was to see how stress spiked my blood sugars more than anything else. I travel a lot, so I also learned to stick to high-fat, high-protein foods while I'm on the go.

That’s all wonderful! So, what would you say the biggest takeaway from your health journey is?

Mindset is a huge component! For a long time, we thought that mind and body were separate; they are one and the same. I see this in my glucose scores: the numbers are all over the place when I am stressed.

Also, to maintain health-promoting behaviors, I must lead from a place of empowerment and sustainability. I used to go to extremes; the biggest takeaway from my wellness journey is to take care of my body as a whole, mind included.

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