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Aimee L Frantzen

Special Education Teacher & Food Blogger
Chicago, IL

About Aimee L Frantzen

I'm Aimee, aka The Diabetic Foodie. I was diagnosed with T1D in August of 2011 at the age of 23. I'm what they call a "late bloomer" (it's okay, you can laugh!). Even the doctors were quite surprised that my symptoms didn't even surface until May of 2011 when I began to have strange autoimmune reactions. On one hand, I consider myself extremely lucky to have been diagnosed so late - it's likely that at a younger age I may have had a much more negative approach to maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

Instead of letting this diagnosis define me and keep me from enjoying my love for cooking for family and friends I decided to focus on finding ways to create healthy food that I could eat—and that everyone else would enjoy, too. Diabetes sets no boundaries and limitations on me! Since being diagnosed I have focused my energy on running three half marathons, creating new "comfort foods", and truly learning how what we eat directly effects the way our bodies perform.

I currently live in Chicago where I work as a special education teacher. When I am not teaching, cooking, and blogging I love to go for runs on Lake Michigan's beautiful lakefront, explore the city with my dogs, try new restaurants, travel, and spend time with friends and family.


Recent blog posts from Aimee L Frantzen

The Proof is in the (Banana Chia) Pudding

With the end of the school year rapidly approaching, life has been hectic to say the least.

Comfort Food Asian-Style

When I was a kid we would go over to my grandparents house every Sunday night. My mom has a sister and two brothers, all of whom would be there with their families.

Overnight Oats 3 Ways

It isn't news that oatmeal is one of the healthiest ways you can start your day. But if you're anything like me, it's not your favorite way.

"Mac" and Cheese that's Good for You

The holidays have come and gone, and somehow I still find myself entertaining!

Cookie Dough Bites

We're in full swing with the holiday craziness. This makes it so easy to let go the littlest bit and end up putting on that extra holiday weight.

How to Make Lasagna without Pasta

Italian food has always been my favorite to cook and eat.

Fall at the Farmers Market

I know I have mentioned this before, fall is my absolute favorite time of year! I love the cooler weather, the fall traditions, and most importantly the flavors of fall!

Chicken Taco Bake: The Ultimate Comfort Food

One of the hardest parts of my initial diagnosis of T1D was coming to the realization that I may not get to enjoy all my favorite comfort foods anymore.

Crying Over Canned Soup

Almost exactly 4 years ago, I stood in the canned food aisle at my local Whole Foods and cried.
More from Aimee's blog "The Diabetic Foodie"

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