Phil Graham Interviewed By Daniele Hargenrader – Unleash Your Inner Diabetes Dominator, Episode 54

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I love getting to know people who are passionate about teaching and sharing their knowledge to help others live happier, healthier lives, because I love to learn! Especially from people like Phil Graham who absolutely does not let diabetes stop him from living the life he desires!

Renowned competitive body builder and Sports Nutritionist Phil Graham has established himself as one of the UK’s leading fitness educators and coaches. He coaches and inspires a diverse range of clientele ranging from personal trainers, members of the public, as well as professional athletes across a wide variety of sports.

Phil educates 1000’s of personal trainers each year through his seminars, workshops and attendance at some of the world’s largest health and fitness exhibitions. He actively writes for many major fitness publications, and hosts the popular Podcast Elite Muscle Radio Podcast (available on iTunes). He is also in the process of writing his first book, The Diabetic Muscle and Fitness Guide.

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Christel Oerum Interviewed By Daniele Hargenrader – Unleash Your Inner Diabetes Dominator, Episode 55

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It was such a pleasure to sit down and chat with Christel Oerum! She is focused, fun, and friendly, and definitely doesn’t let diabetes stop her from living the life she desires.

Christel and her husband Tobias created in 2014, to share their passion for fitness and healthy food. Diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in 1997, Christel uses this platform to share her experiences, tips and trick on how to successfully combine an active fitness lifestyle with great diabetes management.

She left her corporate career in 2015, and is now a full time blogger, diabetes advocate, fitness competitor, and certified personal trainer helping others living with diabetes take control of their diabetes management and health.

Since we experienced some technical difficulties and didn’t get the end of the video recorded, here are Christel’s top 3 tips for living happy and healthy with diabetes:

1. Set yourself up for success – do the upfront work and (through trial and error) find out how your blood sugars respond to different kind of foods, exercise and stress factors.
2. Be active – find an activity that gives you energy and run with it. I find that my diabetes management has become way easier to deal with when I’m active.
3. Do what you love in life – it’s funny how things seems to fall into place when you do what you love. Maybe it’s the halo effect, but everything just seems easier – diabetes, work, relationships, you name it.

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Derek Foreman Interviewed By Daniele Hargenrader – Unleash Your Inner Diabetes Dominator, Episode 53

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Derek Foreman is from Lafayette, La and was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in 1985 at age 2. He’s been happily married for 8 years and has 3 kids; 1 boy and 2 girls. Living with diabetes never stopped him from following his dreams and passions in life!

He is a Certified Physician Assistant, although he is no longer practicing because he found that his original desire to help people feel well and healthy was being stifled by the current state of the medical system.

Derek decided that he would still follow his original dreams of helping people thrive with their health and went out on his own. He is now a blogger and coach at

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Andy Holder Interviewed By Daniele Hargenrader – Unleash Your Inner Diabetes Dominator, Episode 52


Andy Holder was an awesome interview! He was so easy to talk to, and so far beyond inspiring in regard to breaking the perceived barriers living with diabetes can put up in our minds.

At the age of 36, Andy Holder (aka Iron Andy) was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes with no family history to speak of. Being a husband and a father of two young boys, he was determined to show his family that diabetes was not going to limit his life! He decided to do something extraordinary in an effort to motivate and inspire other people living with diabetes.

Despite NEVER having done a triathlon before and not knowing how to swim, Andy decided to accomplish what many consider to be the ultimate test of mental and physical endurance; the Ironman triathlon!

With a positive attitude and a “can’t stop, won’t stop” mentality, Andy is now a seven-time Ironman Finisher! He now works for Insulet spreading the Omnipod love!

Chris Ruden Interviewed By Daniele Hargenrader – Unleash Your Inner Diabetes Dominator, Episode 51

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Thanks to the amazing DOC, I’ve found yet another incredibly inspiring, genuinely nice, generous person who found the strength to turn adversity into advantage, and who is thriving with diabetes!

As you will see, we experienced some technical difficulties from minutes 3-6 so please excuse the real life language that occurs!

Chris Ruden is an elite Powerlifter, entrepreneur, model and motivational speaker – despite his congenital birth defect leaving him with only 2 fingers on his left hand and a shorter left arm.

Chris was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at 19 years old, and according to him, his diagnosis was a huge blessing in disguise.

Chris just launched his new e-Book “The Art of Losing Body Fat” in order to help more people understand that the way we eat truly shapes our body composition, and that it can be simpler than one might think to follow a healthy lifestyle.

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Judith Ball Interviewed by Daniele Hargenrader – Unleash Your Inner Diabetes Dominator, Episode 50!

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I’m thrilled to bring the diabetes community this interview (my 50th interview!!!) with the incredibly inspirational Judith Ball. This beautiful soul has been thriving with type 1 diabetes for 75 years and she is still going strong. She also had a 2nd degree connection to Dr. Banting which she talks about in the interview!

Judith has a B.A. in Education and ran her own preschool for 8 years. She is also heavily involved with volunteer work to this day.

Meeting people like Judith keeps my mindset around knowing that diabetes will not stop me from doing whatever I want in life strong and ever growing, and I’m grateful to her for sharing her story with me.

Judith is a shining example of the fact that those of us with diabetes can truly do whatever fulfills us and brings us joy. She exemplifies that diabetes is not a valid excuse to stop us in this one precious shot we get at this journey we call life.

Kimberly Goodson Interviewed by Daniele Hargenrader – Unleash Your Inner Diabetes Dominator, Episode 49

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I’m so grateful to have had the chance to interview Kimberly Goodson! She is sweet and kind, and was a pleasure to get to know better 🙂

Kimberly is a wife, sister, nanny, health coach, baker, home-maker, and type 1 diabetic. She and her husband live in Durham, North Carolina, with their dog Bodie.

She cares for two adorable kids and a dog, runs her small Integrative Health Coaching business – Ginkgo , and facilitates a local Type 1 Diabetic MeetUp group.

Kimberly loves the mountains, foodie life, and spending time with family and friends. She believes that life is so much better when shared with others!

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Dario Blood Glucose Meter Review – Daniele Hargenrader, Diabetes Dominator

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Have you tried new the Dario meter? What are your thoughts on this type of glucometer versus the kinds we use now?

Check out the video for my full review.

Leave a comment below… I’d love to hear from you! 🙂

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Mary Lucas Interviewed by Daniele Hargenrader – Unleash Your Inner Diabetes Dominator, Episode 48

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I can’t say enough good things about Mary Lucas. She is incredibly sweet, kind, genuine, wise beyond her years, and just an overall shining light in our diabetes community. It was a real pleasure getting to learn her story during our interview, and I think you will love getting to know her better too!

Mary was diagnosed with Type 1 in 1998 at the age of seven, and after 17 years with diabetes, she still approaches each day with a smile and a sunny outlook. She attended Parsons the New School for Design in New York where she studied fashion design, with a focus in Childrenswear.

Now in her role as Community Partners + Programs Manager at Beyond Type 1, Mary loves connecting and sharing stories, tips and tricks with other people with diabetes. She is passionate about thriving with T1D, finding a cure, growing Beyond Type 1, and her little French Bulldog Lola 🙂

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Dr. Cyrus Khambatta Interviewed by Daniele Hargenrader – Unleash Your Inner Diabetes Dominator, Episode 47

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We all have our own ways of thriving with diabetes, and no single protocol works for everyone which is why we all have to take the time to find what works best for each of us. I love hearing about how different we all are, yet we are all striving for similar goals when it comes to diabetes management practices.

Check out this interview to hear all about Dr. Cyrus Khambatta who thrives on an 80/10/10 macronutrient ratio; 80% carbs, 10% fat, and 10% protein. He is a super nice guy with an awesome attitude, and couldn’t be more friendly and open-minded 🙂

Cyrus is an internationally recognized nutrition and fitness coach who specializes in type 1 and type 2 diabetes, and has helped many clients reduce their insulin usage by 25-60%. He has been living with type 1 diabetes for 13 years, and has reduced his insulin usage by more than 40% using this evidence-based approach to nutrition and fitness.

Cyrus leads interactive lectures, to help us understand why a low-fat, whole-food, plant-based lifestyle is the gold standard approach for eliminating insulin resistance, the underlying cause of all blood sugar fluctuation in type 1 and type 2 diabetes.

He is leading his Diabetes Mastery retreat in California in June, 2016 if you’d like to go and learn more about his unique approach to optimal blood sugar management. Check out the details and sign up here:

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