So Smooth

Should probably mention the "all-in" smoothie effort includes this little guy. Thanks Costco!

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Dayle has been on a breakfast smoothie kick for a while now. Most weekday mornings she has a spinach, ginger, cucumber, avocado, and frozen banana smoothie. Until this weekend, this was created with the help of a hand blender, like this one. But a couple of weeks ago I started to experiment with a smoothie recipe of my own. I figure anything that can get me off of my double chocolate granola fascination is worth exploring.

This is what I’ve settled on right now: kale, greek yogurt, frozen strawberries, and frozen bananas. The ratios of ingredients still needs some work, but I’m already coming away just as (if not more) satisfied for breakfast with a less severe postprandial blood glucose spike.

But, any long term, dual smoothie in the morning fun required a better solution than a hand mixer. As convenient as a hand mixer is, it felt like time to look for something more.

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Fishing or Diabetes?

Do you fish? No. You know, people who don’t fish think that fishing is lazy or boring, but it is the complete opposite. There are a hundred little decisions to be made, variables to be considered. And you’re never quite sure what made the difference. Did I cast too high, too far to the left? Did I reel it in too slow or… or… or too fast? Is the lure too shiny or too dull? Do I stay here, or should I go over there? And you know it’s not luck, but you do not know… By how much.

Oddly enough, while I was listening to this monologue from the latest episode of Scandal, I kept thinking they were talking about diabetes, not fishing…

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Lovely Weekend for a Bike Ride

Lovely day for a bike ride.

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It's a shame it took me this long to actually go inside Golden Gate Park. It's beautiful. #sanfrancisco

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Of course, cycling with diabetes is going to have its caveats and asterisks.

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Just Talking with George Simmons

George Simmons is on the podcast this week talking about life in southern California, smog, and Quentin Tarantino. George also shares his perspective on having a college-age child, the maturation of DSMA Live, and the joys of the diabetes online community. Enjoy.

Follow George on Twitter @Ninjabetic and diabetescaf.org.

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I’ve Been Invited to Speak at AADE15?

Hello Mr. Snider,

We are pleased to invite you to speak at the AADE15 Annual Meeting & Exhibition of the American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE) in New Orleans, LA, August 5 – 8, 2015.

I assumed this email was sent by mistake. I couldn’t have done anything to earn such an invitation. But when I read on, the phrase “Patient Community Advocate at Symplur” popped up along side a link to my #dayofdiabetes post I wrote for Symplur last Spring.

It may sound silly as I’m writing this in a public blog, and you’re reading this, but it still comes as a shock to me when I find out that people actually read what I write (or listen to my podcast). This isn’t some kind of reverse psychology mentality or a plea for praise. I just assume there are better patient advocates out there discussing the same thoughts I have, but with more eloquence and effectiveness.

But I’ve done my best to make positive contributions, however small they may be, to the diabetes community. After six years of fragmented sentences, it’s pretty neat to get recognized and sought out.

Now the challenge will be to make the logistics of this invitation work. Between my own wedding and two others Dayle and I will be attending, I’ll hear the phrase “I do” three times in four months.

All of that awkward non-congratulatory-self-congratulations out of the way, if I can make this AADE appearance, how many of you would be up for a new #dayofdiabetes so I can present some fresh data to the diabetes educators of the world? The more, the merrier.

Compare, Contrast, Give

Today I read an article on my iPad from the Wall Street Journal about Dexcom’s foray into Apple’s App Store, specifically an app that will display blood glucose values from their continuous glucose monitor on the soon-to-be released Apple Watch.

While the headline is all about Dexcom, the content of the article shifts somewhat dramatically to the work from the Nightscout community, and how their persistence (hence the #WeAreNotWaiting hashtag), brought the conversation about medical device use, regulatory approval, and FDA’s policies on health-related apps to the table much sooner than anyone anticipated.

After I that article, I read a blog post from Kerri about the Spare a Rose campaign. Given the knowledge that there are children with diabetes around the world without access to insulin, and a mere $5 donation means insulin and test strips for a month for a child in need – reread that first sentence.

Wall Street Journal. iPad. Dexcom. Apple Watch. When you see what kind of options we have, and compare it with the lack of opportunity others experience, the contrast in lives is quite stark.

I’m not asking you to apologize or feel guilty. I’m asking you to help make a difference. Help the Spare a Rose campaign provide insulin and test strips to children with diabetes in need.

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Just Talking with Cherise Shockley

Cherise Shockley joins me this week to talk about the upcoming year for the Diabetes Community Advocacy Foundation, reflect on the past year of #dsma Twitter chats, share her strategies for a work-life balance, and her love of economics (both micro and macro). Enjoy.

Follow Cherise on Twitter @SweeterCherise and diabetescaf.org.

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