New Orleans Photographer, Andrew Alwert, was diagnosed with Type II diabetes in February 2017. Six months later, with the help of Clean Creations meal package and new fitness routine, he is diabetes free.
Q: You were diagnosed with Type II diabetes in early 2017—what was happening leading up to the diagnosis?
In early 2017, I weighed 250lbs. In February, I started feeling crappy—lethargic, nauseous, no energy, and I drastically lost 25 pounds.* I was 38 years old and my 65-year old father looked and acted younger than me! Type II diabetes can be genetic, and because both of my parents have been diagnosed with it, my doctor decided to give me an A1C blood test to check my glucose and hemoglobin levels. I took a blood test, and my levels were through the roof!
Q: What did your doctor recommend for treatment?
My doctor put me on medication called Metformin and recommended I start exercising and attend some diabetes classes to learn about healthy foods. I started running 3 to 4 miles, 3 days a week and tried to manage my food intake, but something wasn’t clicking. The whole process was overwhelming, and I struggled to make it work.
Q: When did you decide to start Clean Creations?
After a few months of trying it my way, I was extremely fed up with meal prep. I wasn’t losing the weight that I needed to lose and I struggled to feed my body properly. I was basically starving, and felt worse than I did before my diagnosis. I reached out to Clean Creations, and Barbara helped me put together a package. She took my measurements, listened to my health goals, and I signed up for the Get Lean meal package in July 2017.
Q: Have you noticed any health changes since starting the package?
Yes! I have been on the Get Lean package for about 4 months and lost 40 pounds! I feel great, I look great, I’m motivated, and I don’t feel guilty about eating Doritos every once-in-a-while. Friends and family have noticed the results, and have also started ordering from Clean Creations. I’m a lot happier, too. In the beginning, I was weary about the price of Clean Creations meal packages, but quickly learned that the convenience has outweighed any cost – I’m no longer tortured by junk-food traps at the grocery store, I don’t have to stress out about what I can (& cannot) eat throughout the week, and I no longer smell like chicken & onions from cooking. I am living a healthy lifestyle without even thinking about it!
Q: How is your health now?
Within 6 months of my diagnosis, I weighed 208 pounds. In October 2017, my doctor took me off Metformin, and basically told me I no longer have Type II Diabetes. My goal weight is 199 pounds, and I’m confident that with the Get Lean package and consistent exercise, I’ll be there soon. Clean Creations is the best thing I’ve ever done for myself.
Q: What’s your favorite Clean Creations meal?
There are so many great choices, but I really love the Beef Du Lac and Chicken Shawarma.
[*NOTE: Sudden, drastic weight-loss can be a symptom of type 2 diabetes. When your body doesn’t use insulin (the hormone that enables your body to burn glucose (sugar) for energy), insulin builds up in the blood. This can “trick” your body into thinking its starving, and triggers your body to burn fat and muscle at a quicker rate to create energy.]