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The DX Diabetes Dish: Charles Mattocks

The ‘Poor Chef’ on life with type 2 diabetes

The DX will regularly feature The DX Diabetes Dish, a profile about life and life with diabetes. This month, we dish with celebrity chef Charles Mattocks, known as “The Poor Chef,” who was diagnosed with T2 in 2010. You’ll discover what inspires him, what scares him, and who his hero is. For more about Chef Mattocks, his diagnosis, and his tips for eating well on a budget, check out our recent profile at The DX.

What is your state of mind today?

Blessed to have another day to give back and leave something for someone else. Grateful I don’t have some of the woes that others have around the world. Saddened I can’t do more to change their woes.

What three words would you use to describe who you are?

A lover of God, a father, a son.

How does diabetes change – or not change – who you are?

It does not change the core of who I am, but I have something inside me that is waging war against my body. It has inspired me to live a better and cleaner life.

If you could take away one aspect of diabetes, what would it be?

The uncertainty.

What inspires you to do what you do?

We are here to serve. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. once said, “In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.” I am here not to be silent, but to try and bring change to something that is important to me, and diabetes is one of my missions.

What do you appreciate most in your friends?

That they are not like me! I learn from them and they have qualities I wish at times I had.

What would you pack for your favorite vacation?

It may sound boring, but my Bible.

What’s in your refrigerator right now?

Salad, fruits, water. And, I confess, Diet Coke and my own sugar-free “Charles Bars.”

What is your favorite way to relieve stress?

I meditate, walk, and clean the house.

What is your idea of happiness?

Knowing the ones I love are safe and happy.

What do you most dislike?

At times, my own lack of discipline.

What words do you try to live by?

Do unto others as you would want them to do unto you.

What is your greatest fear?

That I won’t be the best father or son I could have been.

What is your greatest extravagance?

Trips to Tahiti.

On what occasion do you lie?

I don’t lie. LOL, that was a lie!

If you could change one thing about your family, what would it be?

That we were closer and more loving.

Who is your hero in real life?

My mom.

What would you choose for your last meal?

Curried goat and fried dumplings and a traditional Jamaican dish called ackee and saltfish.

All opinions contained in this article reflect those of the interviewee and not of Sanofi US, its employees, agencies or affiliates.

© 2012 The DX: The Diabetes Experience

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