Wellness blogger Shelby Kinnaird has had type 2 diabetes for nearly 20 years, but she hasn’t let it stop her from enjoying one of her favorite things: delicious food.
Growing up in Richmond, Virginia, Kinnaird and her family regularly feasted on Southern favorites like homemade fried chicken, biscuits and gravy, yeast rolls, and sugary desserts. “We never met a carb we didn’t like,” she jokes. Rich, indulgent fare continued to be a mainstay of Kinnaird’s diet as an adult—until she was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes in 1999.
At the time, Kinnaird also worked a high-stress job with frequent traveling, which meant lots of high-calorie restaurant meals. As a result, she was 45 pounds overweight. The diagnosis was a wake-up call for her to start taking her health more seriously, and she knew that the best way to do that was by cleaning up her diet.