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Today I’m excited to bring you a unique episode with sister-brother due, Lori Balue and Mark Balue.

We originally featured Lori in episode 37 for her dramatic health transformation. Previously, she had asthma, allergies, polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), infertility, brain fog, prediabetes (also known as insulin resistance) along with depression and anxiety, and she had been on a lifelong struggle to lose weight.

Lori Balue ultimately went on to overhaul her health, primarily through lifestyle interventions. And now she’s aging adventurously and planning to celebrate her 60th birthday by hiking the Grand Canyon rim to rim – something she never could have done before. Her episode is my most popular, so check it out.

Her transformation was powerful inspiration for her older brother, who was struggling with his own very significant health challenges. At the time, Mark had pancreatitis, type 2 diabetes, was on cholesterol and blood pressure medication, and was well over 300 lbs. When the doctor wanted him to add insulin, that was the wake-up call he needed.

Lori and Mark’s father had passed away in his 60s and so had another sister – and Mark felt he was on the same track.

There are so many valuable insights in this episode.

Learn How Mark Reversed Type 2 Diabetes and Improved Cholesterol and Blood Pressure

You’ll hear …

  • How his younger sister’s transformative health experience inspired Mark and how he worked with her to reverse type 2 diabetes
  • The lifestyle changes that Mark made to get his blood sugar under control, including swapping the standard American diet for a keto diet
  • The science behind the keto diet for reversing type 2 diabetes and insulin resistance
  • How Mark uses fasting for an extra boost
  • The exercise that works best for Mark
  • How finding food sensitivities contributed to his progress (for him, seemingly healthy foods like strawberries and peaches were a problem)
  • The gut dysbiosis and infections Mark had to address
  • The importance of mindset in making lifestyle changes
  • And how Mark is today, which is down to his goal weight of 175 lbs with dramatically improved diabetes numbers, off cholesterol medication and half the dosage of blood pressure medication (with his doctor’s blessing).

He has effectively put his diabetes into remission.

Mark Balue, 62, lives in Southern California. After returning from the Navy, he worked in Point Mugu, Antarctica, New Zealand, and Saudi Arabia for Lockheed before returning home and working the night shift for Lockheed, McDonald Douglas, and Boeing for 36 years in aircraft painting. A vacation with his family in 2020 made him realize that he wanted more out of life, leading him to reach out to his sister for help.

Lori’s personal experience inspired her to become a health coach. She’s an Adapt Certified Functional Health Coach and a Functional Diagnostic Nutrition® Practioner. She helps women in menopause use functional labs, lifestyle, and health adventures to lose weight, stop pain, and create an active lifestyle to age beautifully and adventurously.

You can find Lori at and on social media as @loribalue. On her site, find a link to get the “8 Essential Hacks to Losing that Belly Fat! Workbook.”

No matter what health challenges you’re facing, I know you’ll take away insights from my chat with Mark and Lori.


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