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Barnet diabetic’s Bang Bang Chicken is a recipe for healthy lifestyle …

Wednesday, 31 May 2017

By Adrian Colley
in Local People

A diabetic who once weighed 22 stone is now a poster boy for healthy eating.

Robin Swindell, 47, from Woodside Park, Barnet, features in a charity advertising campaign.

He is showcasing Bang Bang Chicken and is one of five people in the campaign, all of whom have not let living with diabetes stand between them and their favourite food.

They are sharing tips that have helped them manage their diabetes.

Robin was diagnosed four years ago but after his initial concern he is actually feels diabetes has had an extremely positive impact on his lifestyle.

He says: “I would never wish a diagnosis of Type 2 diabetes on anyone, but for me there have been some life-changing and positive outcomes. I have made some great friends and had experiences I could have only dreamed of.”

The key was his discovery of running, a passion that has led him to run several marathons, set up an office running club and even begin training to become an England Athletics running coach.

Bob has transformed his lifestyle since his diagnosis, losing an astonishing eight stone.

He said: “I learned a long time ago that not beating yourself up is a really important part of making healthy long-term changes to your diet. Managing the condition is about enjoying a bit of everything, in moderation; it’s about having a balanced diet, it’s not about dos and don’ts.”

Charity Diabetes UK hopes the easy recipes and tips will inspire more people to make small changes that can make a big difference to how they manage their condition.

People can sign up to view free recipe videos and more available at www.diabetes.org.uk/feelgood-food between now and July 15.

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