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Sara Mobäck is one of the 50,000 people in Sweden who have type 1 diabetes – and on top of that, she also suffered from severe disease Anorexia Nervosa. Today, she talks about her experiences of going from an unhealthy calorie count to a healthy lifestyle.

Through the blog saramoback.com, she wants to inspire and motivate people with type 1 diabetes to not stop dreaming despite chronic illness.

Sara Mobäck got her diagnosis of type 1 diabetes at age 13. A few years later, she bumped into another roadblock. Her focus on food and showing the best blood sugar curve made her stop eating carbohydrates, and daily training became a must – in 2016 she was diagnosed with Anorexia Nervosa.

Diabetes management is only half the battle to get people with eating disorders back to a normal life. The most challenging part of treating is self-acceptance.

In her deepest struggle, she decided to change her way of living. In 2013, she founded Diabeteskvinnan.se. She was tired of all myths and the huge lack of knowledge of her illness. She wants to encourage a positive perspective and way of living with Type 1 Diabetes. Today, she have a daily reach of thousands of people all over the world. Through talks, blogs, meet-up events and much more – Sara has dedicated her life to share her extensive experience of challenges that can arise for people with diabetes. 

Food is a central part of a diabetic’s everyday life and it is common that the focus on food develops in to an eating disorder. One thing that I had to remember – and still have to keep in mind every single day – is that staying healthy with an eating disorder requires my full dedication and discipline to cope. There is a huge lack of knowledge on how to identify whether a person with diabetes has an eating disorder or not.

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When we polarize food and place it into good or bad categories, every food interaction becomes charged, it turns into an act that will be praised or punished

As you know, I talk, more than likely, openly about my own history and experience around the problems I have had. The eating disorder I went through a few years ago. That period that made me turn my back on life.

Diabetes requires a lot of an individual and today I refuse not to enjoy the good things in life. In moderation. Not to turn my back on what makes me happy and what makes me feel good. And with that said, diabetes is individual. But I want you to be able to see the possibilities of seeing food more as a freedom than a burden.

It is not my or your role to determine the chosen truth. You can definitely choose not to agree or come up with reflections. I can sometimes think that it whines a lot, but at the same time I understand that what someone considers difficult is not at all noticeable to me.

I talked to a person who is researching this very important topic this Monday. I realized that I am in need of meeting other people who have similar problems but can also understand that other people choose not to want to share their story. I believe that we should look after our own needs, whatever it may be, to ask for help to make a functioning everyday life with your diabetes and not let ourselves be hindered. That you make choices that you feel good about and see as sustainable 💕
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