My first time in Idaho was AMAZING! Find out why… :)

Last week I shared the incredible time I had speaking and participating at Camp Nejeda, and this week I wanted to share the whirlwind of love, fun, and community I experienced at the retreat I spoke at and participated in last weekend in Sun Valley, Idaho!

25 kick-ass human beings with diabetes got together for a weekend of learning, hiking, low-carb food prep, and heartwarming community building.

My mom, who is one of my biggest diabetes supporters, traveled to the retreat with me (from Philadelphia!), cooked all weekend for the 25 participants with me, hiked uphill at 6,000 feet elevation with me, and participated throughout by sharing her love, wisdom and support. My gratitude for her love knows no bounds!

I’ve never had an experience quite like this before! We got to run a full commercial kitchen and prepare “good looking food that makes you look good” (something Kyle and I came up with in the kitchen!) Even way back in the day when I was a prepared foods chef at Whole Foods, which was fun, I still had a boss. Here, we were in charge, and it was a blast to feed my diabetes family, and get to do so with my favorite cooking partner, my mom 🙂 

I also had the chance to present to the group on Sunday, which was awesome!

The last couple of weeks traveling and speaking about tools and practices for living happy and healthy with diabetes has filled my heart with immense joy. I am so grateful to be on the path fueled by my purpose and passion for serving the diabetes community and helping people find their inner wisdom and empowerment. 

I believe that our inner wisdom knows the answers to all of our questions, and that so much of our own individual diabetes management is so very unique and intuitive. We just need to practice listening to our intuition, or our gut feelings, more often, and know that joy and love will always provide the best compass towards the answers we are seeking. <3

Love & Connection – In Person Diabetes Peer Support – Get Some! :) Plus, see me dancing on a fireplace!

Since I was extremely introverted, suffering from an eating disorder, and depressed during my teenage years, I never wanted to go to diabetes camp even though my mom suggested it several times.

I realize now as an adult how incredibly crucial it is to hang out with our peers with diabetes in order to know that we are not alone, and to feel truly connected to people who just get it.

If you missed out on camp as a kid like I did, there is good news. Camp Nejeda hosts a weekend-long summer camp for adults with type 1 diabetes every summer, and I’ve been blessed to be both a presenter and participant for the past 2 summers.

This type of experience is something I highly recommend every person with diabetes has at least one time in their life. In person peer support is life-changing.

I woke up to my alarm at 5am on Saturday morning. The night before, I packed my car full of all the supplies I would need for my overnight trip.

As you know, any overnight trip for someone with diabetes requires quite a bit of prep! I needed to be prepared to teach yoga twice, and to present to the participants for an hour twice, once each on Saturday and Sunday.

In addition, I needed everything (including dress, shoes, etc.) to attend the Beyond Type 1 Gala on Saturday night to send off Team Bike Beyond, who are a group of absolutely inspiring human beings who all have type one diabetes and who are currently biking across the US to raise money and awareness for Type 1!

I left my house in Philadelphia at 6 am, arrived at camp in Stillwater, NJ at 8 am, taught my first session at 2:30, led yoga at 4:30, left camp for New York at 5:30, arrived in NYC at 7, enjoyed the Gala from 7-9 pm, arrived back at camp at 11 pm, was up teaching yoga on Sunday at 8 am, and presented my last session at 10:45 am!

It was amazing to spend all of Saturday morning and Sunday afternoon participating, listening to the other presenters, browsing the vendor fair, and most importantly, hanging out and bonding with my diabetes family. The love I received from everyone was incredible, and filled my heart with profound joy.

To say I had a whirlwind of a weekend would be an understatement! It was a whirlwind of LOVE from and CONNECTION to the diabetes community that I’m still overwhelmed with gratitude to have taken part in.

When I finally arrived home on Sunday around 5pm, I literally crashed into a two hour nap! Luckily the blood sugar gods were relatively good to me throughout all of the excitement.

Check out this short video clip of me teaching the participants a short interactive dance routine at the end of my mindful fitness presentation  🙂

 

Hope to see you out and about in the diabetes community soon!

xo -Daniele

Diabetes Dominator De-clutter Your Environment & Mind – 1 Day Challenge

Today we are putting the focus on de-cluttering our external environments in order to free up space in our minds and bodies for improving our self-care and diabetes management practices.

Usually we don’t realize how bogged down mentally and physically we are by our environmental clutter, and how much it affects our willingness and desire to practice self-love and self care until we remove it!

Many studies have shown that reducing clutter in our external environments can improve our health in a variety of ways. Some medical professionals believe that a cluttered home is not just an aesthetic problem — it can lead to very real health issues like insomnia, weight gain, anxiety, and depression.

Maybe it’s your kitchen that’s full of things that are out of date or unhealthy that you’ve been meaning to clean out, or your diabetes supply area that’s been nagging at your mind to get organized, or that closet or garage that’s been on the bottom of the to-do list for too long.

Always remember, it is not an all-or-nothing scenario! You don’t need to get it all done at once. A little at a time is the way to sustainably make progress!

Let’s support each other as a community, and in the comments share what we did and how it made us feel to take action and make our environmental health a priority!

Challenge Action Items: Watch the 5 minute video! And then…

1. Choose an area of your home that you are going to give yourself the gift of self-love and self-care via de-cluttering.

2. SCHEDULE IN YOUR CALENDAR a time in the next seven days that you are 100% committed to working on de-cluttering for 30 minutes or more, knowing how much clearer and freer you will feel afterwards.

3. Comment below! I’d love to hear what you did and how it made you feel to clear away some of the clutter that can make us feel less healthy whether we realize it or not.

As always, let’s collectively choose to be more kind and loving to ourselves and those around us this week, because you deserve it, and the world needs more love and kindness!

xo, Daniele

Anna Norton Interviewed by Daniele Hargenrader – Unleash Your Inner Diabetes Dominator, Episode 63

I had an awesome time interviewing Anna! She is kind, empathetic, funny, logical, and super hard-working! I love her attitude on truly “living” life with diabetes, and how she changed her mind about what life with diabetes meant to her over time and with experience.

Anna Norton has been living with type 1 diabetes since August 1993. As the CEO of DiabetesSisters, she is dedicated to improving the lives of women living with diabetes through peer support and education.

DiabetesSisters creates a safe environment for women living with diabetes through online and in-person programs such as online forums, blogs, webinars, National Conferences, and monthly support group meetups throughout the United States.

I am very excited to be attending my first ever DiabetesSisters conference in the Washington, DC area in October, 2017!!! Register below, I’d love to see you there!

Register for the conference here (hope to see you in October!)

Find out more about Diabetes Sisters here.

xo, Daniele 🙂

 

The Faces of Diabetes Book & Jerry the Bear Interview :-)

This week, as always, I’m excited to share a couple of awesome resources for the diabetes community!

The Faces of Diabetes Book 

I’m so proud of my T1 friend Edward Fieder, founder of the non-profit organization The Faces of Diabetes for bringing what was a true labor of love from just an idea, to being held in the hands of hundreds, soon to be thousands of people around the world!

It took Edward four years, hundreds of hours of photography (he’s a great photographer!) and lots of overcoming obstacles to create this beautiful picture book aimed at showing the world that those of us affected by diabetes are strong, and capable of achieving anything we desire.

I’m honored and humbled not only to be featured in the book, but to have made the cover! I honestly didn’t know that was going to happen, and was floored when I first saw it!

Here’s my baby girl Frankie giving the book her seal of approval 🙂

Get your own copy, or grab one for the person with diabetes that you love today! All proceeds go directly to the Faces of Diabetes non-profit organization.

 

Interview Time!

Whew! I took a bit of time off from interviewing after conducting 30 interviews for the Peer Diabetes Mentoring Summit last year, but I’m back at it again. I really missed it!

Hannah and Aaron are the co-founders of Sproutel where they create toys that teach kids about their health. After meeting at Northwestern University, they started working together to create Jerry the Bear – an interactive teddy bear that helps children diagnosed with type 1 diabetes.

This was such a fun interview to do! Hannah and Aaron are passionate about Jerry the Bear, and we even get to see how Jerry works to help kids learn how to take care of their own diabetes, plus a tour of the workshop he was created in along with the 10 prototypes he went through to get to where he is now!

Check out the interview here! 

Get your own Jerry the Bear, or grab one for the person with diabetes in your life, or donate one, or all of the above, here! 

I hope these resources serve you and add value to your diabetes journey!

There are so many ways we can connect with our peers, whether it be through books, interviews, social media, in person, or anywhere in between, it’s always so comforting to know we are not alone.

As always, lets consciously choose to be more loving, both to ourselves and others this week because YOU deserve it, and the world needs as much love as it can get!

With LOVE,
Daniele

P.S. If you ever feel like you could use some accountability and support with your diabetes management, fill out this short questionnaire and set up a time for us to chat about coaching. Looking forward to getting to know you better!

The Betes Organization FUNdraising Campaign! :)

Have you ever thought about what your diabetes might look or sound like if you tried to have a conversation with it? Or the path to growth and healing that could be opened up if you did try?

I never thought about anything like that until I saw the MOST MOVING piece of performance art from The Betes Organization.

When I saw the way Marina carried around her diabetes, how it weighed her down, how all of the emotions that living with diabetes can stir up were brought to life on stage, I was in tears!

It blew my mind to see one woman with diabetes act out her relationship with her diabetes on stage, and to deeply FEEL EXACTLY what she was performing in my mind, body, and spirit.

Marina (the Founder of The Betes Organization) and I made a 3 minute video (I’m wearing a hand puppet for the first time in my life…MY Betes…this video will make you smile!) to spread awareness about the work we’re doing 🙂

Get your shirt or sticker now & support a life-changing cause (lots to choose from!)

100% of profits made through shirt sales go directly to The Betes Organization to enable us to serve over 200 children and families with diabetes across the country this summer with our whole-family program – The Overneath!

What does YOUR Betes look like? Sound like? Get your shirt now before the campaign ends (April 17) and open up a conversation with the Betes in your life today.

PLEASE SHARE, thank you! 🙂 <3 xo – Daniele

Low Carb, Organic, Non GMO Pasta that Tastes Good and is Easy on Blood Sugar!

This week I wanted to share my review of the Explore Asian Brand line of low carb, organic, non GMO pastas because they’ve definitely added an awesome dimension of variety and value to my diabetes management choices when it comes to eating pasta.

I love them as an alternative to regular pasta because they don’t spike my blood sugar at all (however, this is only my experience and everyone’s body is different!) They also come in a number of varieties (black bean spaghetti, edamame fettuccine, etc.) and have a ton of fiber and protein in each serving which makes them super filling. And of course I’m a huge fan of the fact that they’re all organic and non GMO!

Give them a try and leave a comment letting me know what you think. How did it affect your blood sugar?

Click Here to Check Out Explore Asian Pastas on Amazon!

DISCLAIMER: The thoughts and opinions expressed in this video are strictly my own. I was not approached or compensated for the making of this video.

How To Change Your Omnipod Insulin Pump – This Is How I Do Diabetes – Tips & Tricks

This week I’m showing how I change my Omnipod insulin pump.

Leave a comment and let me know what you do differently, or if you have a tip or trick that works great for you so we can continue to learn and grow together as a community!

If you choose to share how YOU do diabetes anywhere on social media, use the #ThisIsHowIDoDiabetes so I can find and share your posts!

Please share these videos with anyone you think could benefit from the info 🙂

Thanks for watching!

DISCLAIMER: The thoughts and opinions expressed in this video are strictly my own and are not associated with Insulet/Omnipod or any other company. I was not approached or compensated for the making of this video.

I am NOT a medical doctor. In NO WAY should the information in this video be substituted for medical advice.

Join Me In Supporting the Spare a Rose, Save a Child Campaign – 2017

 

Helping save a child’s life who doesn’t have access to insulin has never been easier than right now.

Watch this two minute video I made that shares why I am so strongly in support of this incredible campaign.

Click here to donate!

Thanks to the Life for a Child campaign from the International Diabetes Federation, it’s never been simpler: buy one less rose this valentine’s day and donate the value of that flower to a child living with diabetes in a less-resourced country.

Quite literally, $5 will help provide the insulin a child needs for an entire MONTH! This is a huge deal.

The first campaign took place in 2013 and every year since, our community has come together to increasingly make a bigger and bigger difference in the lives of children living with diabetes in less-resourced countries.

Spare a Rose attracts many smaller donations which, together equal thousands of dollars, showing the impact even the smallest donation can have, and shows that the diabetes community takes care of one another, both online and off, around the world.

You can donate to Spare a Rose by clicking here.

Please spread the word! YOU can help raise awareness for #SpareARose by blogging, Tweeting, Facebooking, etc.

Copy and paste this link to direct people right to the donation page: http://bit.ly/sparearose2017

Living with type 1 diabetes can be challenging wherever you live, but in some countries lifesaving insulin, management tools and education are entirely unavailable.

Life for a Child partners with diabetes centers in these countries to supply young people with these vital components for life. We are working towards the vision: No Child Should Die of Diabetes.

The program commenced in 2000 and currently supports over 18,000 young people living with type 1 diabetes. In 20 of the 42 countries where they work, they have the resources to help EVERY diagnosed child.

With your support, they can achieve this in all 42 countries.

Love is a choice. Giving is a choice. Giving love, and in this case LIFE, is a choice. Join me in choosing to Spare a Rose this Valentine’s Day and spread love and life around the world. 🙂

How to Eat Healthy Snacks On the Go with Diabetes – This Is How I Do Diabetes – Tips & Tricks


This week I’m happy to chat about how I choose healthy snacks that are easy on my blood sugars while on the go.

Do you make it a priority to have healthy snacks available no matter where you are? Has it made a difference in your diabetes management outcomes?

In my opinion, all of these snacks are healthier choices than fast food, so I choose to keep a variety of options with me at all times to reduce the temptation to choose something unhealthy that I know will wreak havoc on my blood sugars for the rest of the day.

Leave a comment and let me know what you eat on the go, or if you have a tip that works great for you so we can continue to learn and grow together as a community!

If you choose to share how YOU do diabetes anywhere on social media (which I hope you do!), use the #ThisIsHowIDoDiabetes so I can find and share your posts!

Please share these videos with anyone you think could benefit from the info 🙂