Don’t miss out on this incredible opportunity for learning & growth! Join me + 25,000 others!

I’m here –as always – to gently urge you to intentionally set aside some self-love and self-care time, and I have a super quick, easy and majorly beneficial way you can do that for yourself right now!

I truly believe that the level of health and vitality we feel day to day is directly proportional to the amount of self-love and self-care we are willing to practice.

Self-love includes how much attention we’re willing to pay to ourselves, our feelings, and the signs our bodies are always sending us – being conscious, present, and non-judgmental, and being willing to change course when we know things don’t feel right.

I also believe that learning leads to growth, new ideas, new ways of thinking, and forward moving progress on all fronts, and I believe in supporting others who feel the same way.

With that in mind, if you’ve ever considered a whole foods plant-based nutritional lifestyle as a way to manage your blood sugars but wanted to learn more from the world’s most renowned experts on the topic (including yours truly) before making any decisions, then this FREE Mastering Diabetes Online Summit is definitely worth taking a closer look at.

I’m grateful and humbled to be presenting on the mindset of implementing sustainable change on this awesome summit running from March 28 – April 4!

Last year, more than 26,000 people with diabetes attended the online summit (I was one of them!), and began transforming their diabetes health, losing weight, reversing insulin resistance, gaining energy, and controlling their blood glucose better than ever before. 

My good friends, fellow people with diabetes, and hosts of this amazing summit – Cyrus Khambatta, PhD and Robby Barbaro – changed their nutritional lifestyles to a whole foods plant-based approach years ago and never looked back.

So my suggestion to you if want to gain some incredible new knowledge: register for the Mastering Diabetes Online Summit and see what you can learn!

I know that these guys worked their butts off to provide world-class knowledge for our diabetes community, and both have hearts filled with love and care for helping others.  

Since it’s free, there’s no risk of losing anything, and a huge opportunity to learn new things that you can use to continue to give yourself the gifts of self-love and self-care on your wellness journey.

REGISTER NOW FOR THE MASTERING DIABETES ONLINE SUMMIT FOR FREE BY CLICKING HERE!

Learn on my friends, and please share with anyone who might benefit from this awesome learning opportunity! 🙂 

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!

Let’s Hang Out In June?

The time has come again! Registration is OPEN!!!

For the third year in a row, I’m super psyched to be presenting at the Camp Nejeda Survive & Thrive Bootcamp for adults with type 1 diabetes, June 1 – 3, 2018!

I’ll be there all weekend speaking about how to cultivate an empowered mindset around living with diabetes, teaching yoga, Latin dance fitness, and more – and I’m bringing my mom with me!!!

This environment is so incredibly supportive. It’s a safe place to learn, grow, and connect with other adults living with type 1 diabetes. No condescending words, no judgement – just lots of love, empathy, peer support and hugs!

The scenery and surroundings of Camp Nejeda are absolutely breathtaking and awe inspiring. We will be surrounded by the power and beauty of nature that adds so much to the healing and invigorating experience that this weekend already provides.

If you’ve been thinking about getting out there in the diabetes community and bonding in person with those of us who “get it,” now is the time to take that leap!

Registration is officially open! Click here to read all of the details and to sign up!

Hope to see you there! ♥ – Daniele

Ambassadors of Love

The reality of life with diabetes is that we simply are not meant to go at this alone. Choosing to seek out the support we need is up to us – the same goes for me!

Without the incredible friendships and bonds I’ve formed with other members of the diabetes peer support communities over the years (that I consciously and intentionally formed…they didn’t just fall into my lap!), I wouldn’t be able to reach as many amazing humans who are looking for guidance towards learning how to tune into their intuitive voice and inner health & diabetes expert that we all have.

Once we choose to practice self-love, we begin to feel so much more joy, gratitude, and peace each and every day – diabetes included. It’s by honoring who you are and what you value – mind, body, & spirit – actually taking the time to figure that out and getting rid of the notion that progress is linear, that we learn how to give diabetes a meaning that makes us stronger.

These ambassadors know that we must fail to succeed – over and over again – and we must learn to embrace and use that failure to our advantage to propel us forward versus letting it derail us.

What exactly is an ambassador? According to the dictionary, an ambassador is “a person who acts as a representative or promoter of a specified activity.” In this case for Team Diabetes Dominator, the activity is being mindful (present, non-judgmental, grateful, proactive versus reactive) as often as possible, to act from a place of love, kindness, & empathy, especially, but not limited to, when it comes to oneself and taking care of ones mind, body, & spirit – and that includes diabetes.

The amazing human beings on this page inspire me to continue leading by example. All of them, after years of struggling, fully embody the Diabetes Dominator mindset that love, forgiveness, and perseverance (self-love and self-care first and foremost) heal all things if we allow ourselves to explore a path of healing – regardless of chronic disease – and that diabetes means to us what we allow it to mean to us. We know that diabetes has contributed greatly to our ability to be in touch with our inner wisdom and knowing who we are and how we want to show up in our lives, and that consciously and intentionally acting from those values is the most fulfilling and empowering gift life has to offer, and that we have to offer back to life.

If you would like to join the Ambassadors of Team Diabetes Dominator, please send an email to [email protected] let us know why you’d be a great fit!

Phyllis Kaplan
Ambassador Team Leader

Phyllis was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at the age of 2. Living with diabetes is not easy, yet she tries hard not to let it stop from accomplishing her goals. Phyllis holds a bachelor’s degree in elementary education and masters in instructional technology and media  She’s currently a Program Manager for User-Centered Research for consumer electronics company in the greater Boston area. Her current advocacy work is based around support and outreach for adults with type 1 diabetes.
Friends call her the “diabetes guru” as she has experienced it all – weight gain and loss, exercise, international travel, working the health-care system to get what she needs.  She has also learned through Daniele that diabetes is more than insulin doses and carb counting, that making mindful choices about food, and life, makes a difference.

Learn more about Phyllis:  www.dinobetic.com

Sarah MacLeod

Boston-native Sarah was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in 2005 during her freshman year of high school. After struggling with issues like burn out and diabulimia for many years, she finally sought help in her early 20’s utilizing the power of peer support, and was soon connected to the wonderful diabetes community, both online and in real life. In 2013, she started volunteering with the DiabetesSisters as a PODS leader in Massachusetts, and presently runs two peer support groups in the Boston area for women with all types of diabetes. Sarah has a passion for connecting with individuals affected by diabetes and eating disorders, and is a member of the Diabulimia Helpline Board of Directors.

She is a certified holistic health coach, reiki practitioner, and is on her way to completing her 200-hour yoga teacher training. Sarah is a recent graduate of the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. Her latest venture in the diabetes realm is becoming a chapter leader for Type One Run, and founding the Boston-based group. She shares her thoughts and adventures through her blog, What Sarah Said, and believes that each of us should seek a way to be a light in this world we live in.

Learn more about Sarah: https://whatsarahsaid.blog/

Tricia Wingard

Why did I leave a financially stable, 14-year career in environmental consulting to pursue a career in health coaching? I have lived with type 1 diabetes for 28 years and counting now. For most of that time, I have dealt with my diabetes on my own, always striving to bring down my A1c and day-to-day blood sugars, to eat right, to exercise more, etc. Over the years, I have always had a strong interest in nutrition, being physically active, and general health and wellness, possibly thanks to my diabetes.

For quite some time, I have also wanted to help others, especially other diabetics, to live their lives in a positive way, embracing their health goals and facing challenges head on. After receiving my certification from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, I am truly ready to share my long-term love of health and wellness, focus on improving my own health as a type 1 diabetic, and inspire others to do the same. My life with diabetes shouldn’t be a burden but an inspiration and motivation to be a healthier human being!

Learn more about Tricia at: http://triciaontrack.com/

Sarah Schaff

My name is Sarah and I’m a NOLA native currently living in Minneapolis, MN. It has always been my aspiration to have a career where I can make a difference. In 2002 I was diagnosed with Type I Diabetes, and realized that living with diabetes had not closed any doors on me; instead more were opened. I saw this as an opportunity to work for a cause as close to my heart as a cause could possibly be. After learning about the Dogs 4 Diabetics program, I felt this  was my calling.

I graduated from LSU A&M with a Bachelor of Science in Animal Science and Technology. I was then accepted to an internship at Palmetto Animal Assisted Life Services in Columbia, SC and then another internship with Eyes Ears Nose and Paws in Carrboro, NC. After that, I moved back to New Orleans to start an assistance dog program based on positive reinforcement/humane training since there wasn’t one already in existence. I also completed the Karen Pryor Academy professional training course and offer private lessons for pet dogs. I realized that being a trainer at an organization that trained diabetic alert dogs was the best way I could make a difference in my community, so when the position became available and offered to me in Minneapolis, it was a no-brainer to move across the country for another adventure. My goal is to be blissfully dissatisfied, to always be proud of where I am and excited to become a better version while encouraging and guiding others to do the same!

See more from Sarah at: https://beingwithdiabetes.weebly.com/

What Would You Recommend?

Over the last eight years of being fully immersed in all aspects of the wellness world, the question I get asked the most, by far, is about the products I choose to incorporate into my daily routine, from the water bottle I keep by my bed to the sneakers I wear to Zumba.

I finally decided to compile an ever-growing list of lots of different items (just in time for the holidays!) with links to purchase them.

I will NEVER recommend a product that I don’t use currently, or have used in the past.

It is my pleasure to vet these products for you, so that you can feel confident in knowing that you are purchasing a quality item

Click here to check it out! diabetesdominator.com/shop

If you have questions about a particular item you don’t see listed, please comment with the product you’re looking for and I’ll add it to the page!

 

Unleash Your Inner Diabetes Dominator Book Flash Sale!

I MUST start by saying a HUGE THANK YOU to everyone who made the choice to purchase my bestselling book, Unleash Your Inner Diabetes Dominator, since its release in 2015!

Your reviews and feedback letting me know that the book is helping you start, continue, and/or reinforce building the foundational healthy habits – mind, body, and soul – that we all need to understand to create the quality of life we desire and deserve, brings me immensely profound joy and fulfillment.

Since I released the book in 2015, thousands have read it and continue to share with me that the deeply personal lessons contained in the book, combined with the simple Six Pillars of Total Health + Action Items framework I’ve created to build the sustainable healthy lifestyle you desire, continues to serve them well on their health and diabetes journeys.

Because we know the power in this book is very real if chosen to be acted upon, we’ve decided to have a quick flash sale of my bestselling book to continue honoring Diabetes Awareness Month, and for those who want to keep the empowerment from the Diabetes Empowerment Summit going long into the future.

Starting November 10ththe digital version of my book will be MASSIVELY DISCOUNTED ON AMAZON until World Diabetes Day on November 14th, plus, as usual, you will get 3 highly valuable, immediately actionable free bonuses just for purchasing, because that’s how I like to do things 🙂

You can now get the digital version of Unleash Your Inner Diabetes Dominator for only 99 cents!!! 

Plus, get these bonuses as a reward for taking action towards LOVING & CARING FOR YOURSELF!

Bonus 1: Get my 5 day healthy meal plan guide (including breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks) based on the nutrition information that you will learn about in the book and training. This is an example of a meal plan that would cost $90 to design for my clients, and one that you can easily adjust calories and macros to suit your nutritional lifestyle of choice. Choosing to use the bonus meal plan along with the recipes in the book takes the guess work out of meal preparation and sets you up for success.

Bonus 2: Get access to my top 50 healthy and unhealthy foods guide to use for shopping and pantry clean-out. Gain the confidence that you and your family are eating the healthiest ingredients, and ensure you are throwing the junky foods out!

Bonus 3: If you like the book and leave a review, I’ll grant you access to my online Total Health Transformation Foundation Course where you will learn how to apply my Six Pillars of Total Health system to make dramatic improvements in your quality of health, life, and peace of mind. This course is always available for sale on my website for $47, but I want to give it to you for free in exchange for your honest review on Amazon.

TO CLAIM YOUR BONUSES: Send an email with a copy/screenshot of your receipt to [email protected] & we’ll take care of the rest!

That is about $150 worth of immediately actionable, potentially life-changing content (depending on how you choose to use it, of course) FOR 99 CENTS. 

I really wanted to make this a no-brainer for you because I KNOW that if you choose to read my book, it will help you change your relationship with your diabetes or the diabetes of someone you love for the better. I KNOW IT! 

Click HERE to get your discounted copy of Unleash Your Inner Diabetes Dominator before the sale ends on November 14!

Gratefully – Daniele

Low Blood Sugar Treatments – Are You Prepared?

It might seem like a no-brainer that we MUST be prepared for the inevitable low blood sugars that occur for those of us who take insulin, but are you truly as prepared as you can be to save your own life?

In this video, we focus on how easy it is be sure that we have the glucose we need and that it’s easy to reach whenever we need it with a few minutes of simple preparation and a recurring reminder on your cell phone. Learn exactly what you need to do to be prepared for a low blood sugar, no matter where you are.

This preparation is a PRACTICE of self-love and self-care!

Watch the video to see my favorite, easy to carry treatment options, and how to stay on track with keeping your handy glucose stores full!

Action Items:

1. Choose to give yourself the gift of self-love and self-care today by stocking up on your low blood sugar treatments as demonstrated in the short video, and set a weekly reminder on your phone to check in on all of your glucose stock!

2. Comment below and share where you stocked up that you didn’t have glucose before, or what new kind of glucose you chose to try out for ease of carrying with you. The more you share, the more other people will feel empowered to step out of their comfort zones and give themselves the gift of self-love.

Let’s support each other along the way!
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. 

Manage What You Measure – Making it Easy

As cliché as the saying “you can’t manage what you don’t measure” might be, that doesn’t change the fact that it is true, especially when it comes to our health.

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 getting serious about measuring my blood sugars, my nutrition habits, my water intake, my sleep, my exercise and more absolutely not only changed my physical body for the better, it changed my mindset and spirituality for the better as well.

Knowing what I am doing by keeping track, and choosing how I care for my health is so incredibly empowering, and allows me to feel confident in my day to day diabetes management decisions.

This video focuses on how easy it can be to make one small change that, if practiced consistently, will absolutely lead to gigantic results. This act of measuring anything you do in regards to your health is a PRACTICE of self-love and self-care! Lets focus on exactly how to choose one simple thing to track today that will lead you to better choices all around moving forward!

Action Items:

1. Choose to give yourself the gift of self-love and self-care today by picking one thing to track such as your total water intake, each thing you eat, how many hours you sleep, or anything else that you know is an area of your life that you desire to improve in.

2. Comment below and share what you chose to track today! The more you share, the more other people will feel empowered to step out of their comfort zones and give themselves the gift of self-love.

Let’s support each other along the way!

Hydration & Gratitude = Simple Self-Love Practices

This challenge focuses on the incredible importance of drinking enough water on a consistent basis, and also on how consciously choosing to live in a state of gratitude helps us to kick negative feelings to the curb.

Challenge Action Items:

1. Get a reusable water bottle so you can measure the amount of water you are drinking (anything that can be measured can be managed!) and drink ½ of your bodyweight in ounces of water. That means if you weigh 200 pounds, aim to drink 100 ounces of water.

2. Write down 3 things that you are grateful for, and why you are grateful for each one.

3. Comment below and share how much water you drank and something you are grateful for! Let’s hold each other accountable and support one another as a community!

Links to re-usable water bottles I recommend:

Glass (click here to see the one I have in the video)

Click here for a BPA free plastic option

Remember, You are stronger than you think!
With Love,
Daniele 🙂