#119: The Type 2 Diabetes Revolution

In this episode, our nationally recognized guests Diana and Jose inspire us to consider our intrinsic motivation as we consider the weighty epidemic of type 2 diabetes. Listen in to learn all about what it is, what causes it, what complications come from it, and most importantly the many things YOU can do to protect yourself and your loved ones right now!


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Hi Friends,

Did you know one in five people have undiagnosed diabetes? This and similar heartbreaking statistics are addressed in this episode that brings so much hope to the otherwise overwhelming topic of type 2 diabetes.

Joining us are Diana Licalzi, a nationally-recognized Registered Dietitian and Certified Diabetes Care & Education Specialist, and Jose Tejero, an exercise physiologist with a degree in Exercise Science and a two-time Ironman Triathlete. Together, they created The Type 2 Diabetes Revolution, a popular digital health platform that helps people prevent, manage, and treat type 2 diabetes through plant-based nutrition and exercise.

In this episode, they give SO much valuable info to empower us to prevent, treat, and outright put into remission and reverse type 2 diabetes. So if you’ve been confused before by all the terms like A1C, blood glucose, and insulin resistance, you gotta check this episode out. By the end you’ll understand:

  • The role of insulin resistance and what causes that
  • What insulin and blood glucose do in the body and what that has to do with every single cell & organ
  • Why cells *should* be insulin sensitive

Diana and Jose share a bunch of practical tips too, including:

  • One of the quickest and easiest ways to reduce blood glucose levels
  • The low-cost over-the-counter test for blood glucose you can take today
  • How fiber and whole foods in your diet can effectively turn off diabetes

And since signs of type 2 diabetes can be hard to spot until it’s already progressed, it’s never too early to learn how to prevent and reverse! Tune in to bring hope to you and your loved ones now, and find just how straightforward it can be to get everything under control with the right attitude and the approaches to implement!

With all our love,

♡ Toni & Michelle


  • What is diabetes, what forms it takes, and how each differs
  • What insulin resistance is, what causes it, and what nutrition has to do with it
  • Diana’s personal experience with type 2 diabetes and the limitations she had
  • How Jose discovered the power of plant-based nutrition to radically improve biomarkers and how that launched his social media platform
  • What insulin resistance is, how it’s the root cause of type 2 diabetes, and what it can lead to
  • What causes insulin resistance
  • What factors might increase the likelihood of developing type 2 diabetes
  • The long-term complications of type 2 diabetes and the damage it can cause
  • The importance of changing lifestyle habits, and what plants, exercise, sleep, and hydration have to do with that
  • Statistics to take seriously about the risks of diabetes and its complications
  • The value of healthy fear to trigger you to change your life for the better
  • Whether or not all type 2 diabetes can be reversed. 
  • How to make your cells insulin sensitive so they can do their jobs
  • What signs of diabetes to watch for
  • The low-cost over-the-counter test you can take yourself and what levels to look for 
  • Tests a doctor will run and ranges to aim for
  • The medical criteria for putting diabetes into remission vs. a more aggressive approach to reversing diabetes
  • The quick and easy steps you can take make a difference in your health
  • The best way to start moving & exercising to reduce A1C & blood glucose levels
  • Diabetes-friendly breakfasts, lunches, and dinners
  • Why fiber is so important for diabetes and reducing sugar absorption
  • How shifting focus to whole foods can promote overall health and a healthy body weight through nutrient density
  • How to support and provide encouragement to family and friends, and the role of intrinsic motivation
  • How your “why” is the most powerful motivator to follow through




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