Despite making the Dean's List while studying math at UC Berkeley, Aaron managed to binge eat his way to 220 pounds on a five foot six inch frame because he believed excess calories were a better solution to life's problems than excess alcohol. Only a year later when he came down with type 2 diabetes did he learn both were bad for your health.
Forced to re-evaluate his life, Aaron conceded that maybe two bear claws was not the right response to learning there would be a mid-term, and maybe, just maybe, walking to the gym did not justify a large frozen yogurt with chopped up Reese's Peanut Butter Cups. After becoming diabetic, Aaron realized what he was eating was a result of what he was thinking and feeling.
Knowing little about the human body, Aaron put his gift for study to learning everything about diet, exercise, diabetes, and emotional eating. It took him seconds to figure out the right diet was paramount to controlling diabetes, and years to concede a gallon of ice cream per day could not be a part of it.
Eventually Aaron lost 80 pounds of fat and gained 20 pounds of muscle from practicing what he would come to preach. He became certified as a personal trainer through the NSCA and began helping other diabetics turn their health around with practical solutions to their daily problems, better nutrition, and tailored exercise programs.
He documented his recovery in The New Diabetes Prescription: The Diet, Exercise, and Mindset Revolution
(November 2010), in which he teaches anyone with a weight problem, diabetic or not, how to eat better, exercise right, and live healthier. His story has been featured on TV, in print (including the Los Angeles Times
and Del Mar Times
), and radio throughout the country.
In short, you should listen to Aaron because he has screwed up and made every dumb mistake you could possibly make as a diabetic. He won't judge you, and if wisdom is learned through mistakes, he's as wise a diabetic as they come.
Aaron is available for one on one distance coaching, speaking, and will soon be opening an online club for diabetics and those at risk.
To contact Aaron, send your questions and comments
, or visit his blog
Aaron lives in San Diego, California with his family and their parrot, Vader.