This is My Story
Hi, my name is Nikki Wallis and I’m the T1 Friendly Foodie. I’m a busy working mum, married with two small kids and I’ve had type 1 diabetes for over 25 years.
I love cooking and am passionate about food and food photography! I am a passionate diabetes advocate and work closely with several diabetes organisations in Australia. In my spare time, I love to develop diabetic-friendly recipes – oh yes, I call myself a ‘diabetic’ as it really doesn’t bother me. I don’t feel the need to call myself, or for others to call me, a ‘person with diabetes’, it doesn’t bother me.
My recipes are low-carb, low sugar (I don’t use cane sugar or any high GI sugar alternatives) and are low in fat. They are particularly great for people who are insulin-dependant (those with type 1 diabetes or insulin-dependent type 2 diabetes), or insulin resistant (people with type 2 diabetes not on insulin), or those with gestational diabetes. The recipes are also great for anyone who is just looking for healthier food alternatives.
Over the years, I’ve found that some ‘diabetic-friendly’ recipes are not overly suitable for me as they are often high in carbohydrate and contain high GI sweeteners which I personally try to avoid in order to keep my HbA1c in target and to maintain stable Blood Glucose Levels (BGL). Of course everyone is different and your diet needs to reflect your personal needs. T1 Friendly Foodie features my favourite recipes, products and tips for maintaining my diabetes with an HbA1c of around 5%.
I was diagnosed with diabetes at the age of eight. At the time, it was really hard to come to terms with the fact that my life would never be the same. What’s more, my twin sister was lucky enough not to get diabetes. But over the years I have come to embrace my diabetes and growing up in an extremely supportive family, I learnt very quickly to get on with it and to enjoy my life.
Don’t get me wrong, it wasn’t easy watching my sister eat king sized Mars Bars after school in front of me, but looking back it was actually a blessing-in-disguise as it taught me willpower and discipline from an early age. Something that has stayed with me and that has allowed me to embrace my diabetes and to take the good with the bad (and don’t get me wrong there are many bad days)!
I had to learn quickly to embrace my new lifestyle and over the years, I have developed a passion for creating and transforming recipes to suit my dietary needs. This outlook inspired me to start this blog and I hope it helps you to conquer your diabetic cravings and to live a happy, healthy life with diabetes!