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

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

Diabetes Dominator De-clutter Your Environment & Mind – 1 Day Challenge

Today we are putting the focus on de-cluttering our external environments in order to free up space in our minds and bodies for improving our self-care and diabetes management practices.

Usually we don’t realize how bogged down mentally and physically we are by our environmental clutter, and how much it affects our willingness and desire to practice self-love and self care until we remove it!

Many studies have shown that reducing clutter in our external environments can improve our health in a variety of ways. Some medical professionals believe that a cluttered home is not just an aesthetic problem — it can lead to very real health issues like insomnia, weight gain, anxiety, and depression.

Maybe it’s your kitchen that’s full of things that are out of date or unhealthy that you’ve been meaning to clean out, or your diabetes supply area that’s been nagging at your mind to get organized, or that closet or garage that’s been on the bottom of the to-do list for too long.

Always remember, it is not an all-or-nothing scenario! You don’t need to get it all done at once. A little at a time is the way to sustainably make progress!

Let’s support each other as a community, and in the comments share what we did and how it made us feel to take action and make our environmental health a priority!

Challenge Action Items: Watch the 5 minute video! And then…

1. Choose an area of your home that you are going to give yourself the gift of self-love and self-care via de-cluttering.

2. SCHEDULE IN YOUR CALENDAR a time in the next seven days that you are 100% committed to working on de-cluttering for 30 minutes or more, knowing how much clearer and freer you will feel afterwards.

3. Comment below! I’d love to hear what you did and how it made you feel to clear away some of the clutter that can make us feel less healthy whether we realize it or not.

As always, let’s collectively choose to be more kind and loving to ourselves and those around us this week, because you deserve it, and the world needs more love and kindness!

xo, Daniele

Anna Norton Interviewed by Daniele Hargenrader – Unleash Your Inner Diabetes Dominator, Episode 63

I had an awesome time interviewing Anna! She is kind, empathetic, funny, logical, and super hard-working! I love her attitude on truly “living” life with diabetes, and how she changed her mind about what life with diabetes meant to her over time and with experience.

Anna Norton has been living with type 1 diabetes since August 1993. As the CEO of DiabetesSisters, she is dedicated to improving the lives of women living with diabetes through peer support and education.

DiabetesSisters creates a safe environment for women living with diabetes through online and in-person programs such as online forums, blogs, webinars, National Conferences, and monthly support group meetups throughout the United States.

I am very excited to be attending my first ever DiabetesSisters conference in the Washington, DC area in October, 2017!!! Register below, I’d love to see you there!

Register for the conference here (hope to see you in October!)

Find out more about Diabetes Sisters here.

xo, Daniele 🙂

 

The Faces of Diabetes Book & Jerry the Bear Interview :-)

This week, as always, I’m excited to share a couple of awesome resources for the diabetes community!

The Faces of Diabetes Book 

I’m so proud of my T1 friend Edward Fieder, founder of the non-profit organization The Faces of Diabetes for bringing what was a true labor of love from just an idea, to being held in the hands of hundreds, soon to be thousands of people around the world!

It took Edward four years, hundreds of hours of photography (he’s a great photographer!) and lots of overcoming obstacles to create this beautiful picture book aimed at showing the world that those of us affected by diabetes are strong, and capable of achieving anything we desire.

I’m honored and humbled not only to be featured in the book, but to have made the cover! I honestly didn’t know that was going to happen, and was floored when I first saw it!

Here’s my baby girl Frankie giving the book her seal of approval 🙂

Get your own copy, or grab one for the person with diabetes that you love today! All proceeds go directly to the Faces of Diabetes non-profit organization.

 

Interview Time!

Whew! I took a bit of time off from interviewing after conducting 30 interviews for the Peer Diabetes Mentoring Summit last year, but I’m back at it again. I really missed it!

Hannah and Aaron are the co-founders of Sproutel where they create toys that teach kids about their health. After meeting at Northwestern University, they started working together to create Jerry the Bear – an interactive teddy bear that helps children diagnosed with type 1 diabetes.

This was such a fun interview to do! Hannah and Aaron are passionate about Jerry the Bear, and we even get to see how Jerry works to help kids learn how to take care of their own diabetes, plus a tour of the workshop he was created in along with the 10 prototypes he went through to get to where he is now!

Check out the interview here! 

Get your own Jerry the Bear, or grab one for the person with diabetes in your life, or donate one, or all of the above, here! 

I hope these resources serve you and add value to your diabetes journey!

There are so many ways we can connect with our peers, whether it be through books, interviews, social media, in person, or anywhere in between, it’s always so comforting to know we are not alone.

As always, lets consciously choose to be more loving, both to ourselves and others this week because YOU deserve it, and the world needs as much love as it can get!

With LOVE,
Daniele

P.S. If you ever feel like you could use some accountability and support with your diabetes management, fill out this short questionnaire and set up a time for us to chat about coaching. Looking forward to getting to know you better!