Hi everyone.  My name is Daniela – I want to share with you something that has happened to me quite recently….

I was diagnosed with Diabetes Type 2 in February of last year! Yes, as you would all know, this was a major shock to my system! The first thing I had to do was to extensively research this nasty disease to understand what I had to do differently now that I knew I was inflicted with this chronic disease. there are so many places we can go to learn about Diabetes and the implications of the same. The fact that I am now on a regime of drugs for what could be conceivably the rest of my natural life was not only a shock to the system, but a burden I was not ready to bear.

Then I started to learn and understand the relationship between lifestyle, diet, exercise and Diabetes – all are really important, some more obvious than others! When it came to diet, I learned that I needed to focus deeply on my sugar, carbohydrate, GI intakes (to name just a few). In fact, what I started to realise very quickly was that the main probable cause to my diagnosis was most likely diet related. Having now learned how to eat more appropriately, I began my mission of beating this disease. My first step was to change everything that was damaging to me in my diet – tough to do, but terrific once you overcome the hurdles.

So, to the hurdles – the first major obstacle  we encountered turned out to be our local supermarket.  We went in looking for diabetic friendly food solutions, but it turns out that this is really hard! We had to change the way we shopped for groceries – only to learn that this is one of the hardest things to do – we have to pick up every single pack of product, read the nutritional panel to check of I can eat the item or not.  This extended our normal grocery shop by more than twice the time we used to take!

It is not easy for a Diabetic to shop for groceries in Australia! So to overcome these challenges, we thought it would be a good idea to open a retail business on line that stocks only products suitable for diabetics. Welcome to Thrive Store! My husband David and I decided to open this business because we wanted to give you the opportunity to look for and buy products easily, knowing that you can trust the fact that the products bought from Thrive Store are always going to be OK for a diabetic. We are at the very beginning of this journey and we hope that we can accommodate a satisfying experience for you. Please do let us know your thoughts and keep a look out for more new exciting products!

Thanks for joining us!! Daniela