Episode 43: Healing Through Food and Mind: Diana Barnett’s Transformative Health Journey 

August 6, 2023

Diana Barnett, a woman whose life was a constant struggle, emerged victorious against her own body’s challenges. Born in 1963 with a cleft palate and perforated eardrums, she demonstrated resilience from infancy, enduring lengthy feedings under the care of Italian nuns. Her childhood battles included dealing with bullying due to a speech impediment resulting from her cleft palate. Despite occasional adult mockery, her spirit remained unyielding.

Yet, her most significant battle lay ahead. A doctor nonchalantly informed Diana of her presumed diagnosis – type one diabetes, pancreatic cancer, spleen cancer, and a gallbladder issue. This news hit hard, but Diana refused to succumb. She dismissed the detached doctor and sought a second opinion. After an emotional whirlwind and numerous medical consultations, she discovered the initial diagnosis was incorrect.

Armed with gratitude for life and unwavering resilience, Diana faced adversity head-on. Her story is a testament to the indomitable strength of the human spirit.

In this episode, you will be able to:

  • Learn how to harness your innate bravery and resilience in the face of a life-altering diagnosis.
  • Discover self-advocacy’s essential role when navigating the healthcare system’s complexities.
  • Explore the multifaceted approach to healing, encompassing food, mind, body, and soul.
  • Gather simple, tasty, and accessible recipes specifically tailored for those managing diabetes.
  • Uncover the power of gratitude and personal growth that can emerge from challenging health battles.

Diana Barnett, a Culinary Institute of America graduate in 1983, has spent her life as a chef, passionately creating dishes and exploring different foods and their unique combinations. Little did she know how much food would become integral to her life and healing journey.

On April 15th, 2018, Diana was unexpectedly diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes, a devastating disease that affects people worldwide. Despite being a healthy, active woman in her 50s with no family history, she faced this health challenge head-on, as she had done throughout her life.

Determined to take control of her health, Diana listened to her body and asked what it needed. She enrolled in the Institute of Integrative Nutrition (IIN) and graduated as a Health Coach. As her healing journey began, she wrote a book titled “Healthy Food, Happy Me – HOW A DIABETIC CHEF FOUND WISDOM & BALANCE,” which includes 25 ingredients that helped her find the right path.

Her lessons of wisdom and balance continue to evolve, but her self-created program, Healing through Food, Mind, Body & Soul, has truly shifted her life in the right direction. Today, Diana is dedicated to teaching, inspiring, and guiding her clients through their own healing journeys. As a flashlight holder, she aims to illuminate the path for those who have the tools but may have forgotten how to use them.

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