Love, Forgive, Never Give Up Is Finally Here!!! <3

I’m SO EXCITED!!! The day has finally come!

After more than a year of writing, editing, writing, editing—literal blood, sweat and tearsLove, Forgive, Never Give Up is available on Amazon TODAY!

And as a special bonus, we are offering it for just 99 cents on Kindle for the first few days, so grab your copy now before the introductory promotion price expires!

If you know anyone who has experienced adversity or tragedy in their lives and could use a little easy to follow wisdom on how to turn it into advantage and triumph for themselves and those they love, please share this awesome deal with everyone you know by sharing this blog, and/or grab a few copies to keep on hand to give as meaningful gifts to those you love anytime!

We also have a bonus for anyone that leaves a review: A free copy of Love, Forgive, Never Give Up: Book 2 as soon as it becomes available.

Just let me know when you leave your review by sending an email to [email protected] and we’ll add you to the bonus list right away!

As always, let’s choose to be more loving today, both toward ourselves and others, because you deserve it, and the world needs as much love as it can get!

With Love and Gratitude,
Daniele and Bill 🙂

The Diabetes Online Community (#DOC): Who/What/When/Where/Why Is It?

Back in 2015, I was working feverishly on completing my first book, Unleash Your Inner Diabetes Dominator, How to Use Your Powers Of Choice, Self-Love and Community to Completely Change Your Relationship with Diabetes for the Better. It took me almost four years to complete that book, and I’m still profoundly grateful and humbled by the consistent positive feedback it continues to receive to this day.

One of the topics I cover in great detail in the book is the power of community (it is in the title of the book, after all) – the incredible, life-changing, epically powerful force that is peer support when it comes to living with a chronic disease and not feeling alone through the daily ups and downs.

The thing was, however, that no easily accessible website where the widely-varied multitude of avenues to explore regarding finding and engaging in  peer support in the #DOC existed. I knew that my team and I had to create it before publishing the book so we could reference it in the book!

Enter www.diabetesoc.com (short for diabetes online community.) 

Who? The Diabetes Online Community (#DOC) consists of people, non-profits, organizations, and more, all made up of people with all types of diabetes from all walks of life and from all backgrounds all over the world who feel passionate about sharing their experiences, information, resources, tips, tricks, strategies, and so much more in hopes of lightening the burden of themselves and others living with diabetes through the power of connection and community.

What? The Diabetes Online Community is a living, breathing, patient-created and patient-driven community that exists both online and in person in a wide variety of modalities so that no matter your comfort level or readiness to interact, the #DOC has something for everyone, even if you just want to start by lurking. 😉

When? The Diabetes Online Community exists 24/7/365, so there is quite literally never a time that you can’t go into a moderated chat room or Facebook group and speak with your peers live about anything diabetes-related (and more) that is going on in your life.

Where? The Diabetes Online Community is, well, everywhere. From chat rooms, to Facebook groups, to Twitter chats, to websites, to blogs, to Podcasts, to YouTube, to in-person meet-ups that are born of the lively and inspiring online chat, there really isn’t any area of life that the #DOC doesn’t permeate.

Why? Simply put, because we are so much stronger as individuals if we stick together as a supportive community. I can’t tell you how many times I and many others have reached previously unattainable health and diabetes-related goals because of the support and encouragement received in the #DOC. The spark of excitement that is ignited by possibility – by just seeing that someone else was able to achieve something and knowing that if they can do it, you can too, is magical and in many cases, life-changing.

DiabetesOC.com has evolved over the past three years into a community-created and sourced website. We have a form where people regularly suggest additions so that we are always growing and being mindful of new resources whose aim is to help people with diabetes live happier, healthier, more connected, more love and support-filled lives so we can share these resources with our amazing community.

I have had a multitude of healthcare practitioners, doctors, CDEs, NPs, and more tell me that having this website to pass onto their patients has been an invaluable tool that has helped with patient outcomes on all levels (mind, body, spirit), and I personally feel that if more healthcare practitioners became educated about the power of peer support in overall health outcomes and knew how to direct patients to find it, diabetes management across the board would be, well, more manageable for everyone involved.

To this day, I still get questions about where the DOC is, how to navigate it, and more, so I thought it would be a good idea to re-launch www.DiabetesOC.com in hopes of spreading even more awareness of the resources available, as well as to continue sourcing new resources for those of us who want to learn, grow, contribute, and feel more connected to something much bigger than ourselves!

So with that, please take a minute to visit DiabetesOC.com, and to share the site with your community so that we can collectively help as many people as possible to not feel alone in their ups and downs with diabetes. And if you have any resources you think we should add, please let us know!

Special thanks to our Diabetes Dominator Ambassador of Love, Sarah Schaff, for her selfless assistance in updating DiabetesOC.com and making it much more navigable over the years! 🙂

How I Turned My Passion for Helping Others Into a Successful Online Business – Podcast

I’m really excited to share this newly released podcast that I am so grateful to have been interviewed for!

Over the past eight years of nurturing and growing Diabetes Dominator Coaching from nothing more than a deeply-seeded dream that I couldn’t go a day without thinking about, into an increasingly successful coaching, writing, speaking, content creating, advocating, collaboration-minded, heart-centered business, I’ve learned a mind-blowing amount of lessons (many of which I learned the hard way so hopefully you won’t have to!)

I receive almost as many inquiries about how to transition into the type of online business I run now as I do about health/life/diabetes coaching, and that has been the case for the past four years.

Because of that, my husband and business partner (who successfully leads Cybersecurity Operations for a $36 billion dollar global organization, is a bestselling author, TedX speaker, life coach) and I created an awesome business coaching program back in 2015 for those who are looking to build a passion-based business while still working a traditional job that we teach together as a team.

In this podcast hosted by Yuri Elkhaim, founder of Healthpreneur and New York Times bestselling nutrition author, we discuss how my husband and I have grown our businesses into what they are today.

We also chat about how I keep myself accountable and on task, and why I believe mindfulness is a practice that must be cultivated for lasting success. This episode is a must-listen for any entrepreneur in the health space who wants actionable advice to make a lasting impact.

Here are a few other topics we cover:

  • Going from victim to action.
  • Posting publicly about products you haven’t created yet.
  • How spirituality ties into entrepreneurship.
  • The priority of providing value to people before they buy anything.
  • The advantages of collaborating with peers and being authentic/knowing yourself.

If you’d like to learn more about the Healthpreneur podcast or read the full transcription of my interview, click here!

Hope you enjoy the podcast! Let me know if you have any questions or comments on anything we discussed below! Please share! Thanks for listening! 🙂

Diabetes Adulting Hack

A few months ago I was invited to a local T1D meet up. About ten or so hungry peeps with diabetes met up at a restaurant in Philadelphia, and I was grateful to be among friends.

One of the fun and interesting things about sitting at a table with a bunch of other T1Ds is that my Omnipod PDM was among many on the table. My friend Roz picked mine up and when she hit the home button and the screen came up, she realized it wasn’t hers – and she noticed something else, too.

She noticed something that I have always done with my Omnipod PDM, which she called a “diabetes adulting hack,” and she encouraged me to share it, which is what prompted this post.

One time in my beginning stages using Omnipod about six years ago, I left the PDM (essentially the receiver needed to bolus, change sites, and everything else that controls the pump) at a restaurant.

Since there are no tubes connecting the pump to my body, I have to be very mindful to make sure I have it with me at all times (although the Omnipod will still continue to deliver basal insulin no matter whether the PDM is near or far, which is a feature I like.)

As you may know, the feelings of dread and anxiety involved when a piece of your pump or CGM equipment is broken or lost is palpable to say the least since you will have to either find it, replace it, and/or go back to manual injections until you are able to get a hold of a PDM. Either way, not having your PDM will be taking up ALL of your thought cycles until you get it back!

I am a particularly proactive person in general and intentionally do whatever I can to make my life easier in the case that something does go wrong, and in this case I had done something prior to this occurrence to help ensure that if I ever did lose my PDM, anyone who found it would know exactly what to do:

I put my phone number on the front screen which is always the first thing you see when you press the home button to operate the pump.

We received a call from the restaurant saying they had found my cellphone (LOL – most people would have no idea what the PDM was if they found it randomly) and boy was I grateful they did.

Since then, I highly recommend everyone who has an Omnipod does the same thing. First, enter your phone number, then your name as shown in the pic. That way you have an extra layer of insurance if you ever leave your PDM somewhere out in the wild.

This has been your diabetes adulting hack of the day, because, well, adulting with diabetes is hard! Diabetes on, my friends! 🙂

Please share this with anyone who could benefit from doing this for themselves or their kids!

Protein powder – do you need it? I don’t, and here’s why…

One of my awesome clients sent me this Consumer Reports article and asked me what I thought about protein powder, which is what prompted this post.

Please – do your own research!

Here’s my two cents about just about every single article, report, study, etc. published by any and all agencies to try to prove or disprove anything: only you can decide what is true for you.

After reading the article my client sent me, then digging a little deeper into the Clean Label Project who funded the study (always find out who funds any study you are reading that is trying to convince you of anything – where the money comes from is a great indicator of the bias of the findings of the study), I found what I find just about every time I dig a little deeper:

A whole lot of he said/she said, back and forth, back and forth.

To be clear – I’m not saying that the Clean Label Project, Consumer Reports, or anyone for that matter is right, wrong, or otherwise.

I am saying that, after performing my own due diligence to best serve my client that involved an intentionally short trip down a rabbit hole, which is where all research leads (I recommend limiting the time you choose to dive into said rabbit holes as it can become never-ending) I will continue to always choose to make my own assessments based on facts combined with how things make me FEEL after doing my own experiments – physically, mentally, spiritually – and using my best judgment and discretion based on the feedback my body provides.

That is what I will always recommend each person do for themselves as well.

Ever since graduating from personal training school in 2010 and obtaining a bachelor’s degree in nutrition science, I have always had my suspicions about the efficacy, safety, and necessity of protein powder supplements, but that didn’t stop me from using them consistently for a long period of time.

Back then, I was not nearly as concerned or vigilant about the quality of ingredients I chose to put in my body, however, I was crystal clear on the fact that there wasn’t – and there still isn’t – any regulatory committee that oversees the truth in labeling regarding nutritional supplements, including protein powders.

I knew this meant that protein powder manufacturers could, quite literally, put anything they wanted on the ingredient labels and nutrition fact labels of their products and that nobody was there to ensure they were being truthful.

I used protein powder steadily for more than seven years. Throughout that time I was always active – lifting weights, Crossfit, yoga, Zumba, and a variety of other exercise modalities. First I used Optimum Nutrition Gold Standard whey protein powder, then as I listened to the signs my body was sending me and chose to move away from animal products, I transitioned to both Vega Sport and MRM Veggie Elite protein powders.

Around 2015, I simply began feeling gross – mentally and physically – anytime I thought about having a protein shake. The same shake I had every day for the past seven years, sometimes two times a day, no longer appealed to me and actually made me feel ill when I thought about drinking it.

My body simply did not want me to ingest it anymore, and at that point, I had consciously and intentionally trained myself to know how to first listen to my body – to my intuitive inner wisdom that knows everything about what I need and don’t need to be healthy – and then to act in accordance with the signs I was receiving.

Intuitive eating is how I live and what I teach others to use when building their own nutritional lifestyle.

I simply stopped using protein powders. I did not become protein deficient. I did not lose any of my muscle mass. I did not gain weight. I did not worry about replacing the 25-50 grams of protein I was no longer ingesting with protein specifically – I made it up with a variety of all macronutrients in whatever ratio I felt I needed each day. I felt a lot better overall – the same way I feel when I intuitively reduce or eliminate any highly processed food-like item from my daily nutritional lifestyle.

I was fooling myself into believing two things based on “popular science” and marketing bullshit that I no longer believe to be true:

  1. Protein powder is a healthy food, or that protein powder is food at all – it’s not – it’s a food-like item.
  2. I needed a large amount of protein in my diet daily in order to remain healthy, fit, nourished, and to be able to continue to build muscle.

I know now without any doubt that both of those things are not true for me.

I can’t say what is true for you. Only you can choose to experiment and see what your body really wants and needs, not because an article or a trainer told you so, but because it makes you feel in tune with yourself, satisfied, energetic, and not like you’re force feeding yourself or restricting yourself intensely to reach a certain set macronutrient ratio.

Here’s what I know for sure:

  1. We all have our own internal, intuitive wisdom that, if honed in on, will always guide us to the right choices when it comes to how to nourish our bodies, minds, and spirits. Learning to do this is a practice that will serve you for the rest of your life in ways you can’t even imagine.
  2. I personally don’t need more than 50 grams of protein per day in order to have what I consider the health I desire, including strength, endurance, overall physical fitness, mental clarity, great blood work time and time again (including cholesterol, blood pressure, Vitamin panels, thyroid, Hemoglobin A1C, and more – I love studying my blood work and get more blood work than the average bear, and more often).
    I am a woman, currently 35 years old and weighing 135 pounds that exercises 5-7 days a week consistently in a variety of modalities. I have had type 1 diabetes for 27 years. There are some days get 50 grams of protein, some days I get 100 and some days in between – whatever I need each day, I get.
  3. Eliminating protein powders from my life caused me absolutely zero problems.

I had no plans at all of writing this as a blog post, but once I got to writing back to my client, Misi (a 67 year old highly athletic female with type 1) I realized that I wanted to share this response with anyone else who might want to hear my opinions.

For some levity, check out this short parody that another one of my clients sent me on the topic of intuitive eating. I got a kick out of it, and it drives home the point of needing to know what makes you feel good versus believing everything you read without doing your own experimentation in a lighthearted way. 🙂

I’d love to hear about your experiences with protein powder as your feedback is so helpful in forming a clearer picture on the topic.

Do you love it? Hate it? Indifferent?

Please leave a comment below to help me gather real, community-sourced feedback!

Thanks for reading!

Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia: Diabetes Parents Support Network Meeting

Super excited and honored to be able to present at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia for the Diabetes Parents Support Network meeting!

CHOP Event