Journaling Challenge!

Have you ever practiced self-care by journaling?

As someone who has gone from obese and depressed with an eating disorder, to a genuinely healthy athlete with type 1 diabetes, I can tell you without a doubt that finally choosing to nurture my mental and emotional health as a top priority in my life absolutely not only changed my physical body for the better, it changed my mindset and spirituality for the better as well.

Choosing to be mindful and PRIORITIZING how I care for my emotional health is so incredibly empowering, and allows me to feel much more confident in my day to day diabetes management decisions.

The act of journaling, getting all the stuff that is circling around in your head OUT onto paper, is by far one of the most effective practices of self-care regarding emotional health that I’ve ever experienced, both with myself and countless clients over the years.

In this short video, we are focusing on why journaling is so therapeutic, and how to get started without getting in your own way!

Challenge Action Items:

1. Choose to give yourself the gift of mental/emotional self-love and self-care today by committing to journaling ONE time this week. Pick the parameters that suit you, such as “I will journal for X amount of minutes OR X amount of pages one or more times this week,” and schedule it in your calendar! Don’t get caught up in the details and let go of all expectations… JUST LET IT OUT!

2. Comment below and share how many minutes or pages you journaled this week! The more you share, the more you are helping and encouraging other people to step out of their comfort zones and give themselves the gift of self-love.

 

With Love, Daniele 🙂

End of Summer Love – 1 Day Challenge

The summer is coming to a close, and as always, it’s a great time to consciously take time to express self-love and gratitude for the good in our lives.

In this video, we are focusing on the GOOD that diabetes has brought into our lives, and how recognizing these things allows us to feel stronger and more empowered. We take it a step further and after recognizing the good in ourselves, intentionally choose to recognize the good in others as well.

“If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.” – Wayne Dyer

Challenge Action Items:

1. List 3 ways that diabetes has added value to your life to practice self-love. Watch the video for suggestions if you can’t think of any!

2. Choose to give 3 genuine compliments to other people today to consciously practice spreading love to others.

3. Comment below and share one of the ways diabetes has added value to your life, and/or how it felt to choose to be present and find things you enjoy about others and share those compliments with them.

…Remember, you are much stronger than you think you are!

“There’s More to the Story” with Mindy Bartleson

When someone is inspired by how far they’ve come through a life filled with challenges, and finds the courage to share their personal experiences with major adversities with the outcome of helping others better deal with their struggles, I think it is worth encouraging and celebrating.

That’s why I pledged to my good friend Mindy’s Kickstarter campaign, and encourage you to do so as well if this is a subject that is meaningful to you or someone you love.

Take a look at the great prizes she’s offering for pledges!

Mindy is writing an honest book about the ups and downs of growing up with a variety of chronic illnesses and mental health struggles. Here’s a little of what she had to say about the experience:

“I’m focusing on the fact that yes these things can suck, but it doesn’t mean you can’t do it. I want to balance the positive with the negative of life experiences with honesty. I also wanted to talk about it all together- the type 1 diabetes, PCOS, endometriosis, anxiety, OCD, ADHD, (other diagnoses), loss, and more- because like the title of my blog says- “There’s More to the Story”.

Check out her campaign by clicking HERE
Read her deeply personal words about this experience HERE

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!

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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