Introducing the Inspired Cook

I am happy to launch a new series of blog postings from my friend Steve Norton. Learn a bit about this amazing man living with Type 2, a chef, a creator, and a survivor! I met Steve through Arizona Bridge to Independent Living in Phoenix. I was immediately inspired by him. He has a great sense of humor and is a living example of being a healthy Type 2. He strives for improved health using great organizational skills and fabulous foods! I invite you to look regularly for his blog on my website!
I hope to continue to offer opportunities to the diabetic community or those simply wanting to live a healthier lifestyle with Steve’s help. Check out the events page to see what incredible creations we may offer together soon. . .

My name is Steve Norton. I’m excited to begin writing my blog here at The Diabetes Coach. Before I get started with blog topics, I’d like to introduce myself. I have 30 years of experience in the hospitality industry. I was trained at the Culinary Institute of America in New York. I spent years planning special events, but my real passion is food. For five years, I was a private chef for a family in California. I spent countless hours cooking the healthiest food I could imagine for them, but I wasn’t taking care of myself.
In 2006, I was given a diagnosis of type 2 diabetes, but I opted to continue to eat unhealthy food rather than pay attention to my health. In 2012, everything caught up with me. I had a massive hemorrhagic stroke that my doctors told me was directly caused by high blood pressure and diabetes. I made a decision to change my life right then. I knew that both of my parents had passed away from diabetes-related complications, and I didn’t want the same thing to happen to me. Now, 15 months after my stroke, I’ve lost 54 pounds, changed my diet, and have made great strides in regaining the function I lost from my stroke.
Food is such a passion of mine, that cooking was my major goal after my stroke. I knew I wanted to get back in the kitchen again. With hard work and support, I have been able to accomplish that goal. I hope to use my knowledge of diabetes and food to inspire you as you continue on your journey to maintaining a healthy lifestyle while having diabetes. If you think a health event like mine can’t happen to you, I’m proof that it can. But I’m also proof of the positive changes that can be made.
I hope to use my knowledge to inspire you to create healthy and delicious meals while also managing your diabetes. I want everyone to know that it doesn’t take 10 hours or an extraordinary amount of money to prepare something great. You can even eat at your favorite restaurants.
Many people have asked me if I have a favorite dish that I cook. I tell them that I don’t have a favorite dish, but I love experimenting and creating things! Some of my recipes turn out great, and sometimes I need to try again. I’m always willing to learn and try new things, and I think that’s what makes cooking enjoyable. So, let’s have fun on this journey together! I’m looking forward inspiring great new things for you!
Keep inspired,

Steve Norton
“The Inspired Cook”

One thought on “Introducing the Inspired Cook

  1. Quite impressive, Steve! How do you create the graphics to go

    with the text? Does it take a lot of time?

    Thanks for sharing,

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