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

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