Today’s episode deals with a sensitive issue. Our guest is Lyle Haugen, a fascinating man who overcame a life-threatening injury and won his battle against Diabetes 1.

Our topic is sensitive because Lyle took control of his own health when the medical advice he was following was not helping him improve his quality of life. He took bold steps and went beyond diabetes.

I’m not a medical professional, nor do I give medical advice in this episode. That would be irresponsible. I do encourage people to explore every avenue that may lead to optimal health. We all have freedom of choice.

As you listen to Lyle Haugen’s story, you may feel that you are watching a movie. It’s a story of adventure, danger, courage, hope, and inspiring discovery.

Lyle is a good storyteller. These are a few of the things you’ll learn about as you follow his journey:

  • Lyle’s unlikely career as a trapper beginning at age 7

  • A boy’s dream to be part of the space race

  • How and why Lyle became a deep sea diver medic

  • The gas explosion that ended Lyle’s diving career (and almost ended his life)

  • His discovery after the accident that he had type 1 diabetes

  • How Lyle’s health got worse although he followed his doctors’ advice

  • Lyle’s instinctive experiment with nutrition that helped him reclaim his health

Lyle Haugen reinvented himself as an Integrative Nutrition Health Coach. His holistic approach to nutrition has helped many people make remarkable health recoveries. You’ll hear about some of them in detail in this episode.

Your time listening to Lyle Haugen will be time well spent. It will expand your mind, challenge you, entertain you, and inspire you.


“Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” – Jane Fulton, a fictional character in Rita Mae Brown’s book, “Sudden Death”

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176: Beyond Diabetes

Read the transcript below:

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Louis Di Bianco: Today’s guest was living his dream. That dream exploded. In the wake of that explosion, he found out that he had a life-threatening illness. Now you know he wouldn’t be on this show if he hadn’t created a new, empowering dream and lived into it. I’ll let you discover his inspiring story as he tells it. Get ready to learn and feel good as you listen to an integrative nutrition health coach, Lyle Haugen.

Louis Di Bianco: Lyle, welcome to Change Your Story, Change Your Life.

Lyle Haugen: Well thank you so much, Louis. I really appreciate you inviting me to your show it’s amazing.

Louis Di Bianco: Well the honour… let’s say we’re both sharing an honour here.

Lyle Haugen: Sounds good.

Louis Di Bianco: And we would … Storytellers I was talking to Lyle just before the interview and you really need to know, he has a very interesting name with a hidden, some hidden meanings to it. So the name is Lyle Haugen. Lyle takes it away. Break it down for us. What does that mean?

Lyle Haugen: Well Haugen is a Norwegian or Scandinavian descent in the Norwegian language it means “hill” or “rise of the land”. And it was shortened I’m not sure at what point, I think when my grandfather came over in the 1860 something, 65, somewhere in there. He shortened it from [Anerhaugen 00:03:57] which was A-N with the two little dots over the E, which means “over”. So apparently I’m over the hill.

Louis Di Bianco: And then Lyle means?

Lyle Haugen: Well it’s shortened from “isle” so it means “island”. So I’m the island over the hill.

Louis Di Bianco: So guests, Storytellers, our guest today is “the Island Over the Hill” who has a fascinating story because the man speaking is far from being over the hill. So Mr Island Over the Hill, who influenced you the most when you were a child?

Lyle Haugen: Oh Louis, I thought about that quite a bit. You know I would have to say probably, my parents. We discuss this in the preamble there, we were discussing … my parents were sort of later starters if you know what I mean. They never met until later in life. My father was born in 1916, my mother in 1918, they met when they were in their late thirties.

Lyle Haugen: My mother had spent ten years in a tuberculosis sanitarium prior to the advent of penicillin. And my father spent the entire war working on the farm because he was the youngest of eight and had to stay and make food.

Lyle Haugen: They were both highly educated, my father was a Bachelor’s in Electrical Engineering and my mother’s a Master’s degree in Library Science and Education. So they moved from the US when I was five to northern British Columbia. And everybody says, “Well why didn’t you say?” It’s kind of hard to get a job outside but.

Lyle Haugen: But no, both of them being highly educated and raising me later in their life, I think everybody realizes you’re definitely different in your twenties than you are in your thirties and forties as far as your ability to tolerate things if you know what I’m saying.

Louis Di Bianco: Yeah. Yeah.

Lyle Haugen: So wrapping this, in the beginning, to get to the end, I have been exposed to this life-threatening disease that you mentioned in your intro called, diabetes, I have been not exposed to it. My mother was gestational. I came out of the womb on a c-section at 10 pounds, four ounces, 20 inches long. I didn’t fit in a bassinet. So they had to put me in a crib.

Lyle Haugen: In 1962, the year I was born, there was no such thing as in and out of the hospital like they have today. You were in for two weeks. So a few stories were my mother would come down to come to feed me and half the time I was in some nurse’s arms halfway around the hospital someplace because she was showing me off.

Lyle Haugen: So … and then one time apparently I was, I don’t know, you might want to cut this. Apparently, I was in kiddie porn because I was in that big … what do you want to call it? Not bassinet but the crib. And four days after I was born, two twin five-pound girls were born and they were sitting there, I had one on each side of me and they were taking pictures apparently and going, “Ooh and aah” and all that kinda thing.

Lyle Haugen: So it’s a great story to tell when I’m kinda sitting at the lounge and there’s a lady on each side. I just say, “Well I’m really not comfortable unless I have one of you on each side. It’s not my fault it’s imprinting.”

Louis Di Bianco: Yeah it’s imprinting. And I’m sure that … on an unconscious level this is shaping a lot of your choices as you move through the world. I love that story. I think that’s an image that we won’t forget.

Lyle Haugen: Well I have friends that say that. Sometimes they say, “The way you talk I get this image in my head, I just can’t get it out. It’s like I want to stab that inner eye.”

Louis Di Bianco: No! It’s a … we need images that make us smile and laugh. And I mean, come on, that’s an innocent image. I mean you can play around with it and call it kiddie porn, but no, it’s great. I-

Lyle Haugen: In my younger years, sorry Louis, in my younger years, my family was kinda divided in the sense that my dad was a farmer and he was trying to break new land up in this part of the world in northern Canada and he was out all day in the middle of nowhere doing his thing and my mom was teaching school and doing what not. I kinda ended up halfway raising myself. My older sisters were already pretty much off to university or doing their own thing.

Lyle Haugen: So I spent quite a bit of time along but most of it was in the bush.

Louis Di Bianco: Mm-hmm (affirmative).

Lyle Haugen: So from the age of seven, I was a trapper until the age of 17.

Louis Di Bianco: What? So what were you trapping?

Lyle Haugen: I started out small. Weasels, squirrels. Tried to hang around all the old boys, tried to find out where I could get information. It wasn’t as easy in those days as it is to now, you had to know somebody right? So turned out my father’s land kind of invaded another man’s trapping rights and we found that through the thing and I went and talked with him and he taught me everything I needed to know even though it was on his line, I was trapping on my father’s land so that was perfectly legal and acceptable.

Louis Di Bianco: Did you have a childhood dream of who you wanted to be as a grownup?

Lyle Haugen: Absolutely. And in the late 60s, it was all about the space race. So the space race was pretty prevalent. I saw Neil Armstrong step on the moon and all those kind of things and I actually wanted to be an aerospace engineer. You know with my dad as an engineer and my mother highly educated, I kind of had the access to higher education as far as what it did for you. And I was always fascinated by my father being an engineer yet deciding to be a farmer.

Louis Di Bianco: Mm-hmm (affirmative). And so why didn’t you pursue that?

Lyle Haugen: Well … after ten years of trapping, my last year actually, at the age of 14 I became a Director of the Trapper’s Association which kind of got me in touch with a few other people in the industry. And at the age of 16 I actually left school in grade 11 and went for an entire year trapping as an assistant.

Louis Di Bianco: And you began trapping when you were seven.

Lyle Haugen: That’s correct.

Louis Di Bianco: Yeah wow wow.

Lyle Haugen: Yeah so this actually finished a ten-year career, I did one year out there in Spring Beaver and the whole thing and then I went, “I gotta do something else.”

Louis Di Bianco: Well that’s great because now I’m dying to know, how did you discover and choose deep sea commercial diving as your profession?

Lyle Haugen: Well my next venture I ended up being a pipeliner. Working in the oil and gas industry and through a couple of different hires and companies, I managed to get into the production end of things. Which is after everything is established, it’s a fairly, consistent job, so I was an oil field operator slash gas field operator. Looked after compressor stations and gathering systems and at that time fairly technical stuff, fairly engineer-y type stuff. So it was all the kind of things that I was interested in. That’s where I ended up going with that.

Lyle Haugen: And then … we’re getting into the early 80s here so we had a lot of offshore happening in … Nova Scotia and Newfoundland and it was in the news and I was watching that and like, “How do they do that?” So I would check into that and turns out they kept divers on station all the time.

Louis Di Bianco: Mm-hmm (affirmative).

Lyle Haugen: So I got looking into the profession of diving. And it really fascinated me. And I had kinda kissed my engineering degree goodbye because I’d left school and i