Are You an Empowered Person with Diabetes?

I posed the question in the title of this blog post asking: are you an empowered person with diabetes?

If you’re reading this blog post, then the answer is yes, you absolutely are an empowered person with diabetes!

It is likely that you have access to a variety of tools, devices, the internet, community, and more, and while we didn’t choose to have diabetes, we all do have the power to CHOOSE what we focus on at any given moment, and HOW we use the tools that are available to us.

Just because we have a chronic disease DOES NOT mean we must remain chronically ill prepared, and it also does not mean that we cannot choose to walk a path of healing for our minds, bodies, and souls.

Every human being has strengths and weaknesses, and a wide range of skills that we use in everyday situations, but all too often people remain unaware of, or undervalue, their true abilities. When a person chooses to aim for empowerment, they are then able to take control of their life by making different choices and setting achievable goals.

Now, the real question is, do you want to become an EVEN MORE empowered person with diabetes?

Get Ready…

My promise to you is that by the time you finish reading this, you will already feel more empowered, because you will be more aware of the wide variety of simple practices available to us all the time to cultivate the mindset and habits of empowerment, and your power to control your own actions – weather or not you engage in these practices regularly.

I can also promise you that when you PRACTICE any of the exercises and activities listed below without any expectations other than to be present in the practice in the upcoming weeks, months, and years, your level of empowerment will undoubtedly grow stronger and stronger.

This is an incredibly important and personal topic for me. Resources covering HOW to cultivate the habits and practices that allow us not only to build a strong, solid emotional foundation to build the rest of our lives on, but those same tools that we need to lean on when we are experiencing difficult times/burnout, are not offered at the doctor’s office.

Without these CRUCIAL tools, we are left to figure this all out on our own.

I know because that was my journey with diabetes for so many years. Clinical depression, eating disorder, obesity, shame, guilt, anger. That was my everyday experience and mindset for more than eight years, and it’s why I am so passionate about creating this resource that is free for everyone — because it’s a tool that I wish I had when I was struggling, and I want to continue helping to bridge the gap between traditional healthcare, and the emotional tools we all desperately need but are generally not given by our doctors.

This post is just one part of the collective bigger solution to this issue of how to handle mental and emotional wellness while living with chronic disease, but, if you want to start where we all must start, within ourselves, please read on…

Get Set…

First of all, a huge thank you and congratulations for investing time into giving yourself the gift of an empowered mindset through easy to implement self-love and self-care practices. I honor your journey and your struggle. 

Together, we’re going to learn how to get and stay FEELING motivated and confident about our day to day decisions on our diabetes journeys!

To go along with this post, I’ve created the this Diabetes Empowerment Handbook which is designed to give you a quick and easy reference point for this article (plus it includes links to even more resources mentioned below).

You can download it (even print it) and keep it available to use as a reference guide and visual reminder you can choose to use ANYTIME you need to re-focus on living in the mindset of empowerment.

You can download it HERE

Be sure to have a notebook handy as you read through, and take good notes on the ideas and practices that sound appealing to you.

Using a notebook and writing out your intentions will absolutely make it easier to implement the different steps, systems, tools, and frameworks you will learn about, and also make it much more likely that you will TAKE ACTION!

We’re here to help you understand HOW to cultivate the mindset of empowerment through easy to implement self-love and self-care PRACTICES in order to finally get the SUSTAINABLE results you need and deserve in your diabetes management practices and overall health and wellness.

Let’s Go!

WHAT IS EMPOWERMENT?

Dictionary definitions list empowerment as a noun meaning “the process of becoming stronger and more confident, especially in controlling one’s choices and claiming one’s rights.”

I agree with that definition almost entirely, other than the fact that I KNOW without a shadow of a doubt that empowerment is not just a noun, it is also a verb.

The word empowerment alone is meaningless without being backed by ACTION, and that is what this handbook is all about.

Throughout my life as a person with type 1 diabetes who has gone from clinically depressed with a binge eating addiction and weighing more than 200 pounds by the time I was 13, to a genuinely HAPPY, love and gratitude filled joyful person who fully embraces life in all aspects no matter what challenges may arise, and now having had the blessing of coaching thousands of people over the last 7 years towards those same goals, I can truly say that one of the biggest missing pieces that held me back, and holds most people back from creating the health they truly desire is not knowing how to differentiate words like “empowerment” and “mindfulness” from nouns to verbs.

In other words, I knew what the words meant, but I didn’t know how to put them into the PERSPECTIVE of PRACTICE, or even that putting them into practice was not only important but crucial, and it wasn’t until I began choosing to PRACTICE living in the mindset of empowerment that I truly understood what it meant, what it FELT like in my mind, body, and soul.

I hope this handbook will serve you on your journey to exploring and experimenting to find what practices of empowerment will bring you the most gratitude, love, joy, growth, and acceptance of what is.

PERSPECTIVES & PRIORITIES

Your perspectives & priorities are choices, and your CHOICES are the only thing in this world and in your life that you can EVER control. Read that sentence over and over again, as many times as you need to until it begins to take hold in your mind, body, and soul.

The biggest game-changer that allows me and my clients to FULLY & CONSISTENTLY embrace that all feelings and experiences of empowerment begin with self-love and self-care, is a true shift in PERSPECTIVE, which, for some, including myself, was/will be an epiphany.

When we think of the things we need do each day to care for ourselves and create the healthiest, happiest minds and bodies we can so that we can show up each day for ourselves and those we love and care for, such as hydration, nutrition, physical movement, checking our blood sugar, taking our medications, etc., most people choose to see those things as a burden or a nuisance.

The reality of the matter is that taking care of ourselves in those ways are things most of us are INCREDIBLY blessed to GET TO DO.

If you have access to food, clean water, and medication, you are doing far better than more than half of the entire planet.

Think about that for a while, and/or, think about that every day like I do, and let the feelings of gratitude for what you GET TO DO flood your mind and overwhelm the thoughts of what you perceive that you can’t do or have.

Nobody is forcing you to eat, drink, or take your medications. YOU GET TO DO ALL OF THOSE THINGS, AND THAT IS AN INCREDIBLE, ALMOST INCONCEIVABLE BLESSING.

If you happened to end up, even for a short time, without access to any of the things you may currently be perceiving as a burden, the life you are living now would seem like a dream come true.

This shift in PERSPECTIVE is one that you must consciously and intentionally choose every day in order for you to finally understand that your health management must be your top PRIORITY.

SELF-LOVE & SELF-CARE

Your health must be your number one priority if you want to be the best version of yourself possible, be of service to those you love, and achieve any level of sustainable success in cultivating the mindset of empowerment.

PRIORITIZING your self-love & self-care as #1 on your list is NOT a selfish act. Shift this PERSPECTIVE and change your life!

In fact, not choosing to take care of yourself and continuing to run on fumes while telling yourself that you need to take care of everyone else first is the most selfish act of all, because not only are you cheating and mistreating yourself, but those you love as well.

Have you ever thought about why, when you take a flight on an airplane, they tell you in no uncertain terms that in case of emergency to ALWAYS put on your oxygen mask first before helping others?

It’s because if you can’t breathe, you cannot help anyone else, and you are ultimately disempowered by choice. The exact same goes for taking care of your health, including but not limited to mindfulness, hydration, nutrition, and physical movement.

If you’re always gasping for air, the help you attempt give to others will be nothing short of half-hearted at best.

ACTION ITEMS

  • Sit down and perform a true self-assessment. What is your PERSPCETIVE on your self-care practices right now? How full is your cup right now? Have you been telling yourself that eating healthy, hydrating yourself, checking your blood sugar, or taking your medications are annoying burdens? Have you been telling yourself you’re just fine because you’re used to (or even addicted to) being busy, and perpetually on the edge of exhaustion?

Are your body and mind trying to get your attention? Are you listening or ignoring?

  • Cultivate the habit of checking both your perspectives and how full your cup really is. Set a repeating weekly reminder to check in on how full or empty your cup is. How low have you allowed your reserves to get? – It is far better to recognize and remedy this NOW.

Checking in with your perspectives & priorities is something that only you can do, and it is an incredible way to consistently PRACTICE the crucially important habit of self-love.

EMPOWERMENT KILLERS

PERFECTION AND PROCRASTINATION

The bottom line is this: NOW is always the BEST time to take action towards improving our mindset, and NOW is all we ever truly have since the past is something we can never get back to, and the future is something we cannot predict. ALL WE HAVE IS NOW.

There will never be a more “perfect” time than NOW, and procrastination only takes us further and further away from the goals we have set for ourselves, from the gifts we have to give to this world, from our true selves, from feeling empowered.

Perfection is an illusion, and the MOST WIDELY USED FORM OF SELF-SABOTAGE. Choose to stop using the word as an excuse that you are willing to accept in your life. Examining the words you use in your everyday life is a PRACTICE of empowerment and cultivating a healthy mindset.  

Banish it from your vocabulary. Catch yourself when you revert to using the illusion of perfection as the reason you choose not to move forward on something in your life that is important to you.

I created a short video about this very topic in 2014, and it is still as relevant today as it was then: https://youtu.be/GXqN7T46bdA

HOW TO PUT EMPOWERMENT INTO ACTION – PRACTICES MAKE PROGRESS

There are many ways to put empowerment into action, and there is no one way that is best, or “right or wrong” way to do any of them. It is simply in the practice of doing them & being present where the magic happens.

Below are a wide variety of practices and resources that you can choose from anytime to begin cultivating the mindset and habits of empowerment into your daily life.

Almost everything listed below is free of charge, and are not listed in any particular order as they are all incredibly valuable ways to cultivate empowerment in your life. The only investment you must be willing to make is giving yourself the gift of prioritizing time for your mind to reflect and rest. This is generally much more difficult for most people to get through at first than an extremely rigorous physical workout.

Please be mindful not to self-sabotage by choosing more than 1-2 new practices to focus on at once. Much like changing our physical health habits, changing our emotional health habits is a process that, if overwhelmed by too many new practices at once, is likely to be short-lived and unsustainable.

  1.    Journaling: The act of journaling, getting all the stuff that is circling around in your head OUT onto paper, which I also call a “brain dump,” is by far one of the most effective practices of self-care regarding building the habit of empowerment that I’ve ever experienced, both with myself and countless clients over the years. You don’t need a fancy journal, although I do recommend getting yourself something that brings you joy to look at, however, a plain notebook works just as well! There is no wrong way to journal. No judgements, no expectations, just write.

Here is a short video I made about the practice of journaling: https://youtu.be/192oT7pfm9M

This is the journal I use daily:                                                          http://amzn.to/2xKRBXS

Other journals that clients have told me they enjoy:                  http://amzn.to/2x5fwzd                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         http://amzn.to/2xJpacN

  1.    Meditation: I used to think I wouldn’t be able to meditate due to my all the thoughts swirling around in my mind, but boy am I happy to admit I was I wrong. Now that I’ve been meditating regularly for years and teaching others how to do so, I can say for sure that the number one barrier for most people when it comes to meditating is the belief that there is a right and wrong way to do so…a need to FEEL like we are doing it perfectly, which, as we learned, is an illusion.

The other thing to keep in mind is that walking quietly in nature can be meditative, deep breathing is meditating, repeating a mantra is meditating. Experiment to find what meditation techniques work for you.

Here is a short video I made about the practice of meditation: https://youtu.be/UWl4TindTGI                                                                              

  1.    Deep Breathing + Gratitude Stacking: It might seem like a no-brainer that it’s incredibly important that we breathe, but often we don’t realize how shallow we breathe on a regular basis, and the undeniable benefits of giving ourselves the gift of deep breathing each day.

Please don’t discount the incredible power that lies in this practice. If you are willing to add listing in your mind all of the things you are grateful for while breathing deeply, something I call “Gratitude Stacking,” you will be blown away at how you feel during and after this practice. Five minutes a day WILL change your mindset if you do this without judgement or expectation, guaranteed.

Here’s a short video I made about practicing deep breathing: https://youtu.be/aHZeVRVhXs8

  1.    Yoga: As a certified personal trainer and someone who has gone from never exercising, to exercise being an integral part of my daily life that I crave and that keeps me mentally and emotionally empowered, I can say that there is no person alive that yoga doesn’t have the power to help in some way. There is no other form of exercise that I can say that about.

Giving our minds and bodies the gift of gentle stretching, which is extremely necessary maintenance, is a highly effective form of practicing self-love, self-care, and ultimately, empowerment. Let go of the voices and judgements about you not being flexible enough, not having enough time to do it (15 minutes makes a HUGE difference), or any other thing that simply is not the truth. Just choose a video and be present throughout!

I list some free resources I use for my yoga practice in the Diabetes Empowerment Handbook

  1.    Peer Support: Most of the practices listed here are solitary in nature, however, one of the most empowering practices that exists in this world is actively engaging with our peers with diabetes.

This practice is so important that I dedicated our inaugural online summit in 2016 to teaching WHY peer support is crucial for building the habits of empowerment, knowing that we are not alone in our lives with diabetes, supporting our emotional wellness, and also HOW to go about finding the peer support you need, both for yourself, and also that you inherently need to provide to others, even if you don’t think you have anything to offer in that regard (hint: YOU DEFINITELY DO!)

Download the Empowerment Handbook to get a listing of some of the incredible online and in-person resources for getting the peer support you need:  Diabetes Empowerment Handbook

  1.    Reading or Listening to Books: Building the habit of empowering thoughts on a regular basis is fueled by looking at or listening to words that motivate our internal inspiration to come alive.

There is no longer the excuse of “not enjoying reading” with apps like Audible that allow you to listen to any book you want to read. If you want to fill your thoughts with empowering ideas, you must CHOOSE to do so!

Here are just a tiny fraction of the books that have served me on my journey to empowerment:

I list my reading recommendations in the Diabetes Empowerment Handbook

  1.    Grounding, Earthing, or BEING with the Earth: In short, Earthing or grounding is putting the body in direct and uninterrupted contact with the Earth. This means that skin needs to touch soil, sand, water, or a conductive surface that is in contact with the Earth.

For me, this is most often standing or sitting in the grass (or if I happen to be near a beach, the sand) while practicing deep breathing at the same time, usually for 15 minutes or less, but when time allows, more. Personally, I don’t care how many scientific studies have been done to prove or disprove this technique because I KNOW, without a shadow of a doubt, that this makes a profound difference in my mental and emotional state IMMEDIATELY, every single time.

You don’t need any fancy gadgets or tools to practice Earthing, just your body, your mind, and the Earth, and your willingness to let go of your negative thoughts, beliefs, and judgements.

  1.    Volunteering + Helping Others: I could write an entire book on the life-changing power of helping others in any capacity, at any time, in any way.

From a kind smile or word to someone who feels sad, holding the door for someone, purchasing a cup of coffee for the next person in line, to signing up at your local food bank, JDRF, SPCA, or ANY non-profit or organization of any kind that requires the selfless time of others to serve, THIS is the most empowering thing of all, and in my opinion, what life is truly about.

No matter what is going on in your life, there is ALWAYS an opportunity to help other people, and actively, consciously and intentionally seeking out ways to do that regularly will PROFOUNDLY CHANGE YOUR LIFE FOR THE BETTER.

NEXT LEVEL EMPOWERMENT

As a Diabetes/Health/Life Coach, I always teach that the power of mentoring and coaching is often the most powerful differentiator to getting yourself to that next level, whatever that may be for you.

Putting out free resources is something I’m EXTREMELY passionate about, as I want the information that everyone needs to move forward in their lives to be readily available. However, for most of us, free resources only take us so far, and what is required next is consistent and structured accountability.

I have a strength coach for lifting even though I’m a certified personal trainer, because I know that he knows way more than I do about the topic, is more passionate about teaching that topic, and will show me tools and systems to get me to my goals faster and more efficiently.

I have a business coach even though I am a successful entrepreneur, or rather, I should say, I am a successful entrepreneur BECAUSE I’ve had business coaches from day one.

Hiring people, or, the perspective I use, investing in myself, in my personal growth and wellness so that I can serve at a higher level, is the single best investment I have made, can make, and will continue to make for the rest of my life. Doing so has allowed me to grow with so much less pain along the path of growth and change, because my mentors and coaches pointed out to me that certain roadblocks may occur, so I was prepared for them ahead of time and instead of tripping me up, we came up with a plan for how to navigate past them.

Coaches and mentors have been invaluable on my journey to physical and emotional wellness, and living in the mindset of empowerment around my choices every day.

If you are interested in exploring coaching for any aspect of your life and overall wellness, including but not limited to all aspects of diabetes management, physical + emotional health, spirituality, business growth, or relationship/intimacy coaching, please take moment to fill out the short questionnaire linked below and set up a time for us to have a phone call to explore the possibilities of working together!

Link to free strategy session questionnaire: https://goo.gl/forms/SKfchYU5xmvqhlSA2

Thanks for reading, & congratulations for stepping up to take action towards creating the habits and mindset of empowerment in your life, and nurturing your emotional wellness!

NEXT STEPS:

  1. Bookmark this page
  2. Download the Diabetes Empowerment Handbook
  3. Leave a comment and share your experience!

In the comments below, let me know what your favorite or most helpful parts of this article are, or any suggestions you would like to see added to future editions!

With profound love and gratitude – Daniele

Want to take your Diabetes Empowerment further, faster?

Then Check out the Online Diabetes Empowerment Summit:

I am honored and grateful to have hosted the online Diabetes Empowerment Summit in 2017. I interviewed and boiled down countless invaluable lessons from 25+ top experts and people with diabetes who have gone on to become successful doctors, coaches, bestselling authors, record-setting fitness competitors, yoga instructors, parents, bloggers, advocates, motivational speakers, founders of non-profits that do incredible work in our community, and so much more!

Click to find out what you’ll learn: HERE

With Love – Daniele

Register NOW for the FREE to attend, ONLINE Diabetes Empowerment Summit! Starts November 1!

BIG ANNOUNCEMENT!!!

As you can see from my caps lock above (haha) I’m incredibly excited to finally announce that, after months of preparation, registration for the Diabetes Empowerment Summit is finally OPEN!!!

What is the Diabetes Empowerment Summit?

Last year, we hosted our inaugural online summit, and the positive feedback we received from our three thousand + attendees was mind-blowing.

An online summit is a great way to augment in-person conferences for those who want to hear from some of most high caliber speakers out there, without having to pay for conference fees, travel costs, taking time off work, etc.

Of course, you know I LOVE in person conferences, promote them all the time, and go to as many as possible, and I wanted to provide a memorable, educational experience as an alternative to those who can’t make in-person work right now!

All the presenters share their best tools, systems, frameworks, practices, and more on HOW they live in an empowered mindset with diabetes, HOW they cultivate confidence in their day to day choices living with diabetes, and also what they teach their patients/clients/readers/followers in the same regard!

Why am I (and all the presenters) so passionate about this?

The reality of traditional healthcare when it comes to living with diabetes (all types) is that the mental and emotional sides of life with chronic disease are almost NEVER addressed.

Further, resources covering HOW to cultivate the habits and practices that will allow us not only to build a strong, solid emotional foundation to build the rest of our lives on, but those same tools that we need to lean on when we are experiencing difficult times/burnout, are not offered at the doctor’s office.

Without these CRUCIAL tools, we are left to figure this all out on our own.

I know because that was my journey with diabetes for so many years. Clinical depression, eating disorder, obesity, shame, guilt, anger. That was my everyday experience and mindset for more than 8 years.

That is why I am so passionate about creating this resource that is free for everyone.

Because it is a tool that I wish I had when I was struggling, and I want to help bridge the gap between traditional healthcare, and the emotional tools we all need but are not given at the doctor’s office.

We need your help!

We are SO grateful to be partnering with many amazing non-profit organizations, and other people who are sharing this resource with their networks because they believe in the value it adds to the community.

I believe that the power of collaboration and community are key to helping as many people as possible get the tools they need to live happier and healthier lives.

In that light, we are asking that you share this valuable resource with your network – your friends, family, and healthcare team.

We can only help people if they KNOW this resource exists!

Share via email, social media, word of mouth…we appreciate it all!!!

The link to register for free and that you can share is: www.des2017.com

Register now, and mark your calendars for November 1 when the summit begins!

Community collaboration is the ONLY way an event like this comes together, and I’m PROFOUNDLY grateful to all the presenters, non-profit and media outreach partners, sponsors, giveaway donations, and my incredible team for sharing your love and wisdom and allowing me to bring this idea to life for a
second year.

Together everyone achieves more. 

Real Good Pizza (Low Carb!) Reviewed by Daniele Hargenrader, Diabetes Dominator Coaching + 10% off Your Order!


Knowing the different options we have available to us on our journey allows us to make more empowered decisions about our health and diabetes management practices.

I love to vet products for you, and give you my opinions in hopes that it helps you make more informed, empowered, and confident decisions about your diabetes management practices day to day. After all, YOU are the only one who can choose what you eat!

Enjoy the short video above where I talk about what I like about the pizzas, what I don’t like, and how much my non-diabetic husband loved them all 🙂

Overall, I definitely recommend trying this pizza out to decide for yourself if it fits into your nutritional lifestyle!

I’m all about experiential living, and I KNOW, as a nutritionist, diabetes coach, and person living with diabetes for the past 27 years that there is not one nutritional lifestyle that works for everyone.

How can we know if something works for us if we don’t TRY IT?

This pizza tastes delicious, and is an AWESOME alternative to traditional pizza that won’t spike your blood sugar…even if you eat 2!

ENTER CODE TRUEYOU AT CHECKOUT TO RECEIVE 10% OFF YOUR ORDER!

Get your own Real Good Pizza HERE!

Enjoy your pizza, without the carbs!

xo-Daniele

Christina’s First Blog! I’m so, I’m so proud of you! :-)

There are certain things that bring me profound joy. Actually, there are many, as consciously creating and seeking out joy is a big focus in my daily life.

However, not much brings me more joy than getting to play a part in someone else’s choice to truly love themselves… to actively and intentionally PRACTICE self-love. More often, more consistently, more fully.

Self-love is my thing. It is the ‘thing’ that changed my entire relationship with myself and my diabetes, and really all other relationships in my life as well for the better. Cultivating said self-love via healthy habits is how I keep my practices strong, and how I teach others to do the same.

Getting to see others put my teachings into practice and seeing their quality of health and life change before my eyes never, ever gets any less exhilarating. To say I love my job would be a massive understatement.

Christina Clark is a beautiful soul who came across my path more than a year ago and a half ago. She filled out my free coaching session questionnaire and we had a phone call. I get to talk with people from all over the world every day as health coaching is the career path I chose, and helping people find their own self-love path lights my soul on fire.

And when we talk, we don’t talk about any of the surface stuff. We go DEEP, and we do it fast because that is how I roll, and how to truly begin to make real, sustainable changes towards personal goals.

Long story short, I did not get the opportunity to work with Christina right away.

A year and a half went by, and just 5 short weeks ago, she decided to join my group coaching program. We had another VERY DEEP conversation. She was READY to move to her next level.

And so she did. Her mental transformation in just 5 short weeks is nothing short of mind-blowing. She is walking her path and holding her head up high, not DESPITE all of the battles she’s fought, but BECAUSE of all the battles she’s fought. She now consciously chooses to see her adversities as advantages, as stepping stones instead of stumbling blocks, and that, my friends, is a game-changer.

When you want something you’ve never had, you must do something you’ve never done. Christina decided to take her therapeutic journaling self-love practice to the next level and write her first ever blog, followed by several more amazing posts.

I didn’t ask her to do this. Her intuition towards her own growth while walking her path led her here, and I’m grateful to share her first short and powerful blog here today.

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it always…YOUR VOICE MATTERS. Your voice, your stories, your experiences all have the very real and powerful potential to help others.

YOU are enough and you are worthy of love, period.

Don’t wait for perfection regarding anything that matters to you in your life or regarding something you think about daily as perfection doesn’t exist. It isn’t real.

Stop chasing that dragon.

Stop the “perfectionist” self-sabotage!

Write that blog. Book that trip. Hug/kiss that person. Take that class. Schedule that appointment.

Stop waiting. Start doing!

xo – Daniele

One Drop Blood Glucose Meter Review

This week I wanted to share my video review of the new One Drop blood glucose meter.

Knowing what options we have available to us allows us to make more empowered decisions about our diabetes management practices, and I like to vet new products for you and give you my opinion on them in hopes that it helps you make more informed and confident decisions!

One Drop is a subscription service with different levels you get to customize, and all of them include unlimited test strips each month customizable to how much you check, which is a great option for anyone who has high co-pays or doesn’t have insurance currently in the USA.

It also has an intuitive app that allows you to visually track all of your data, including food, medications, exercise, and blood glucose readings all in the same graph so you have more info around each reading.

Check out the One Drop meter for yourself HERE

Check out my interview with Jeff Dachis, T1D & creator of the One Drop blood glucose meter HERE

UPDATE: One Drop has resolved the case issue and sent me a replacement case that is much more secure!

My meter wasn’t connected to the latest version of the One Drop app when I shot this video (I’m an upgrade procrastinator), but now that it is, my BG readings sync automatically with the app and I don’t have to enter them manually!

The app also has Apple Health integration and automatically pulls all of your Dexcom data in. No codes or cords necessary! Just enable Apple Health on Dexcom & One Drop and you’re good to go.

One Drop also pulls in data from tons of other apps, including MyFitnessPal, Strava, Runtastic, etc… Everything is automated and you rarely have to manually enter anything. Learn more HERE.

Lastly, about 2 months ago, One Drop launched a couple new subscription plans and products. You can get all the strips you need (depending on how much you check) for as low as $13/month. You can see all of the subscription options HERE.

Hope this helps you make a more informed decision about your own personal diabetes management choices!

With Love, Daniele 🙂

My Pump Failed…Choosing Gratitude Over Grief

 

 

 

I had an unexpected challenge pop up last night that I wanted to share since I am generally always posting about positive, happy things as that is my default mode in life, but that doesn’t mean scary stuff doesn’t happen!

My PDM for my Omnipod pump, which is the personal daily manager where I dose all insulin from, failed for the first time since I’ve been using my pump (a little over 4 years now). No PDM = no insulin delivery. No insulin delivery = the possibility for a large variety of scary/deadly circumstances.

In the first few minutes of this experience, I definitely panicked slightly, but I immediately broke that pattern with progress-oriented action. I said to myself, okay, let’s take the actions that we need to take right now to correct this situation, and no matter what, you know you have the tools you need, so everything will be okay. I choose love and gratitude instead of panic. I said this out loud. Then I took action.

I called Omnipod and they said they are shipping a new PDM overnight which is great. I’m super grateful that I have the tools, knowledge, and confidence to manage my diabetes until the new PDM arrives.

I’m grateful I had an unexpired pen of Tresiba (long acting insulin that I’ve never tried before) in the refrigerator that I got as a sample from my endo last year specifically just in case this happened. I’m grateful to have syringes, vials of Novolog, and Afrezza to use in the interim.

And even though my overnight blood sugars were ROUGH, I still slept well after turning off my Dexcom high alert line (after a while, I had enough beeping!)

I think the Tresiba finally started kicking in and my blood sugar levels have been in range since about 6 am. I will continue to use my intuition and Dexcom to keep my blood sugar as in range as possible while my impromptu pump vacation continues.

Even with the unpleasant overnight blood sugars, all I feel is gratitude for having the ability to care for myself in this very unexpected situation.
I decided to write down 3 things I am grateful for from this experience when I finally woke up out of my high blood sugar grogginess this morning, and this is what I came up with:

1. I’m grateful that I have the tools available to take care of myself in the absence of my pump.

2. I’m grateful that I get to be pump-free for 24 hours and test my MDI skills (I totally, intuitively of course, guessed on the Tresiba dose based on the last time I took Lantus and a couple articles I read quickly before dosing…so far, so good!)

3. I’m grateful beyond measure to have this online community (both diabetes and non-diabetes, as everyone here is part of my online community!) to share this experience with as I know everyone knows what it is like to deal with very unexpected external stress, that if not managed well, could result in disastrous circumstances, or will in the future, and this experience allowed me the opportunity to see what came out when life squeezed me, and what came out was pure gratitude and the strong desire to lead by example with love.

That is what I wish for everyone. When life squeezes you, which is will continue to do, that love and gratitude come out no matter what. 

Diabetes Dominator Group Coaching Program Launch! Grab Your Spot Now! :)

BIG ANNOUNCEMENT!!! 🙂

I’ve had the blessing and privilege of working with clients one-on-one with incredible, repeatable, proven success for the past 7 years now, and will probably continue to do so forever as I absolutely love it.

If you’ve followed any of my work over the years, you may already know that it is my passion to guide people with diabetes into SUSTAINABLY owning their power of choice, confidence, and empowerment in making all of the day to day decisions we need to make in order to live happy and healthy.

However, I am only one person, and working one-on-one limits the amount of people I am able to help on their journeys. Plus, I’ve had many questions over the years about when I would do a group coaching program, so based on your feedback….

We’ve been working diligently on developing our Group Coaching program for the last few months!

WE KICK OFF ON JULY 10, AND REGISTRATION CLOSES ON JULY 3, 2017!

It is awesome, fully comprehensive, based on the consistent successes of my one-on-one coaching and my 6 Pillars of Total Health system, and we are ready to roll!!!

Eeeek! I’m so excited!!! I’ve never offered any program with this much value for less than half the cost of my one-on-one coaching ever before!

Since this is the introductory iteration of the program, I am only taking on 13 participants (I have a thing with numbers, and 13 is a lucky one for me.)

UPDPATE: since releasing this announcement on Sunday, 5 spots have already been filled, so we’re down to 8 spots left! In order to ensure that all participants get the personalized attention they need to succeed in reaching the goals we work together to set at the start of the program, we are keeping things intimate 🙂

If this 8 week Group Coaching program sounds like it is right for you and you want to know all the details, what you will learn, how you will transform, and all the bonuses included, click HERE to find out!

Looking forward to working with you! Please share with anyone who could benefit from this opportunity!

REGISTRATION CLOSES ON JULY 3, 2017, SO DON’T DELAY ON CHECKING OUT THE DETAILS!!!

xo -Daniele

Diabetes Dominator Group Coaching Program Kicks off July 10!!! Come & join the team! :)

BIG ANNOUNCEMENT!   

I’ve had the blessing and privilege of working with clients one-on-one with incredible, repeatable, proven success for the past 7 years now, and will probably continue to do so forever as I absolutely love it.

It is my passion to guide people with diabetes into SUSTAINABLY owning their power of choice, confidence, and empowerment in making all of the day to day decisions those of us with diabetes need to make in order to live happy and healthy.

However, I am only one person, and working one-on-one limits the amount of people I am able to help on their journeys. Plus, I’ve had many questions over the years about when I would do a group coaching program, so based on your feedback….
We’ve been working diligently on developing our Group Coaching program for the last few months!
It is awesome, fully comprehensive, based on the consistent successes of my one-on-one coaching and my 6 Pillars of Total Health system, and we are ready to roll!!!
Eeeek! I’m so excited!!! I’ve never offered any program with this much value for less than half the cost of my one-on-one coaching ever before!
Since this is the introductory iteration of the program, I am only taking on 13 participants (I have a thing with numbers, and 13 is a lucky one for me…UPDPATE: since releasing this announcement to my email list yesterday, Sunday, 2 spots have already been filled, so we’re down to 11 spots left)! In order to ensure that all participants get the personalized attention they need to succeed in reaching the goals we work together to set at the start of the program, we are keeping things intimate for now
If this 8 week Group Coaching program sounds like it is right for you and you want to know all the details, what you will learn, how you will transform, and all the bonuses included, click HERE to find out!
Looking forward to working with you!

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