A Diagnosis That Catalyzed An Active Lifestyle | John Brandenburg | Real Life Diabetes Podcast #2

On the second episode of the Real Life Diabetes Podcast, John Brandenburg joins the DDG Founders Ryan and Amber. His honesty, commitment, and outlook on life and type 2 diabetes was beyond refreshing. Imagine watching your father pass away from diabetes complications, your mother succumb to Alzheimer’s disease with diabetes, and then be given the same diagnosis in your 40s. Talk about terrifying. He felt the fear but then found empowerment. On no insulin, no medications, owning a near perfect A1c, and living out his best life, John outlines a path for how to catalyze your best life as we look back on his journey.

Enjoy everyone. All of the resources and links mentioned during the podcast can be found below in our notes. Be on the lookout for an Imperial Stout from 405 Brewing Co. in Norman, OK, their first beer coming soon in 2015! Much love to the Trey Carson and Jonathan Stapleton for letting us record in their brewery. Continue reading

Is Diabetes Screwing Up Your Sex Life?

feet in bed

The DDG is getting personal – How is your sex life and does diabetes make things difficult between the sheets? As PWDs, we’re flooded with all things doom and gloom concerning possible complications due to this ridiculous disease. I came across an article that brought to light the “worst case scenarios” diabetes can bring into the bedroom.  I’m saving you some awkward research by listing a few articles with cliff notes addressing what PWDs might face when they decide to jump in the sack.

Tuesday Topic: Bret Michaels on Having the Strength to Battle a Lifelong Disease

Bret Michaels

I’m not going to lie, I was never really a Poison fan when all of my friends were plastering their bedroom walls with posters of Bret Michaels and fellow bandmates.  I may not understand his style of music, but I can relate to his positive attitude about living with Type 1 diabetes.  In this Oprah LifeClass clip, he hits the nail on the head with choosing to get busy living or get busy dying.  Attitude is everything and some days are better than others.

In a previous post, Backlash of a Constant Adrenaline Low Blood Sugar, I share my recent discovery of how adrenaline and cortisol can make your blood sugar your worst enemy.  I can’t imagine what Bret has gone through as a Rock Star Continue reading

My Life Changes Tomorrow – 3 Reasons Why

Minimed 530G Enlite

For the past 12 years or so, my diabetes management has been monotonous–test sugar, bolus, change out site, be pissed at canula kink, go high, go low, eat the whole kitchen, etc. It all changes tomorrow. That’s probably a bit dramatic to be honest but who doesn’t like exaggeration?

The newest Minimed 530G with Enlite technology arrives on my doorstep tomorrow. With it comes the ability to know my blood sugar anytime, just by looking at my pump. Before I ramble on about how great this is, I’ll organize the excitement/apprehension into three thoughts: Continue reading

The “Oh Shit” Moment

The "Oh Shit" Moment

I’m feeling good. My energy is solid. I’ve been focused all afternoon. All around, it’s been a real nice day. My perspective is nothing but positivity.

As I glance around my kitchen, I catch a glimpse of my tester. Previous to that moment, blood sugar hadn’t been in my thoughts. When I feel good, blood sugar takes a back seat to the moment. Now, I think, Why not? I feel pretty good. Let’s just give it a quick test before I eat dinner. I prick, I squeeze, my meter sucks up the blood, and there the unbelievable displays: 275 mg/dL. Continue reading

Simple Recipe To Feed Your Kale Addiction – #1

Eat More Kale

I recently posted on Facebook, that I had a new addiction – KALE!  You wouldn’t believe the outpouring of kale dietary comments, recipes and products.  I decided to start a new series of posts – my addiction to kale.   I will continue to post new and exciting discoveries with this leafy green as I feed my healthy addiction.  We will begin with kale chips.  Who doesn’t love a nice salty chip, but this one won’t leave you feeling guilty.

Ingredients:

  • Bunch/Bushel or whatever it is called of kale (any color)
  • Smoked Salt – check out Native Roots Market
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Preheat oven to 375 and find a large baking sheet. Continue reading

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