What is a ZenoBar? + 10% discount

Every now and then I get introduced to a new product through a friend in the diabetes space that is worth sharing.

I’ll be the first to say that I get a little skeptical when I hear about a new snack bar that is healthy and easy on blood sugar levels.

I have my go-to bars that I like as healthier snacking options on the go (I made a video about them here) and often times when I try something new, I’m put off by something in the taste or texture.

When my friend (the lovely Ginger Vieira) told me that she needed to bolus between .50 – 1 unit per ZenoBar and that they actually tasted good and had a list of high quality ingredients, I had to try them for myself.

This description is taken from their website: ZenoBars are made with the best-tasting, most nutritious low net carb ingredients available. We test them on ourselves, as well as other Type-1 and Type-2 diabetics who helped, not only for flavor (fabulous!) but for low-glycemic impact. Some Type-1s report that only a very small bolus may be needed, while some of us don’t require any!

They sent me three flavors to try that I’m listing with my most preferred flavor first: Cocoa Hemp, Strawberry Hemp, Almond Hemp.

I needed just under 1 unit of fast acting insulin to cover each bar (.85 units to be exact which I figured out by the time I ate my 3rd ZenoBar – more to come in a later blog about how microbolusing has massively improved my diabetes management skills.)

I spoke with the owners of this just-started company who are very passionate about their product and about receiving customer feedback, and they offered me a 10% discount to pass on to you if you’d like to give Zeno Bars a try.

Use discount code ZENOBAR10 for a 10% discount on ZenoBars from Amazon (you can read more reviews there as well) or directly from their website.

If you do try them, let me know what you think in the comments below! With lots of love – Daniele 🙂

 

[Podcast] I Used to Pinch My Hand Around Baked Goods as a Mental Anchor… What?

“In this insightful conversation, Daniele shares her secret for steering clear of donuts, plus practical tips you can start applying to your life right now!”

The title of this post is in reference to a mental tool I used to remind myself why I didn’t really want donuts or other baked goods every time I went to the supermarket. I had to recondition my Pavlovian response to the smell of baked goods in order to sustainably create the new habit of consciously choosing when I wanted to eat less healthy foods, versus defaulting to eating them every time I went food shopping! I share this tool and more in the podcast!

When I first started out in the intimidating world of sharing my deep, intimate thoughts, feelings, and hard-earned experiences regarding how to create a life that is filled with much more joy than pain, particularly while living with chronic disease, I had no idea if anyone was ever going to listen (other than my mom, of course).

Now, eight years and countless blogs, interviews and speaking engagements later, I still have that nagging inner voice (ego) poking at me before I publish a blog or a social media post – Who are you to share all of this? Nobody wants to hear you talk about your bullshit!

Then, as I’ve conditioned myself to do (practiced) over and over and over again, I default to my consciously and intentionally chosen answer that shuts my ego up, at least for long enough to hit the publish button – a poem written by one of my most influential mentors and, in my opinion, one of the most powerful spiritual teachers of this lifetime, Marianne Williamson, entitled Our Deepest Fear:

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. 
Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. 
It is our light, not our darkness
That most frightens us.

We ask ourselves
Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?
Actually, who are you not to be? 
You are a child of God.

Your playing small 
Does not serve the world. 
There’s nothing enlightened about shrinking 
So that other people won’t feel insecure around you.

We are all meant to shine, 
As children do. 
We were born to make manifest 
The glory of God that is within us.

It’s not just in some of us; 
It’s in everyone.

And as we let our own light shine, 
We unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. 
As we’re liberated from our own fear, 
Our presence automatically liberates others.

So, with that in mind, I’d like to share my latest Podcast interview for The Diabetes Dish Podcast where I talk about my journey from the mindset of helpless and hopeless self-pity to learning that I, like everyone else, deserves to be loved, particularly and most importantly by myself, and how that changed all aspects of my mind, body, spirit wellness and my relationship with my diabetes for good.

LISTEN TO THE DIABETES DISH PODCAST HERE!

XO – Daniele 🙂

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