Scott’s Sweepstakes – Great Low Carb Bread Company

Do you enjoy a low carb lifestyle? If so, you might like the Great Low Carb Bread Company. I’m not familiar with many of the low carb products on the market, so I can’t offer much useful information about how these products compare to others. But the samples I received were tasty, even for me (someone who usually eats regular carb products).

Of the products I tried, the everything bagels were my favorite, the lemon cake square were my least favorite, and the breads were somewhere in-between.

I didn’t do any rigid scientific experiments, but from casual observation my blood sugars seemed to agree with the labeled carb content (I bolused for the carb count and didn’t experience any surprise lows or highs).

I don’t normally buy these types of products, so I can’t tell you where they fall on the affordability scale or if they are a good value. I’d love to hear your thoughts if you have experience here.

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In the meantime, how about some free stuff? :-)

The folks at the Great Low Carb Bread Company have offered a nice package of goodies for one winner (one loaf of bread, one package of bagels, and 2 brownies, muffins, or squares)!

Spread the word for more chances to win! And please let us know if you’ve tried any of these before!

Good luck!

Riding on Insulin – You Betcha!

Winter Sports Camps for Kids & Teens Living with Type 1 Diabetes

It’s a midwest mashup of Riding on Insulin events over the next couple of months, including a Family Day right here in Minnesota! There is a Family Day here at Afton Alps on March 7th, 2015.

Riding on Insulin Midwest Camps

There are fundraising and full scholarship opportunities to help with registration costs, if necessary.

The DSMA Team spoke to Sean & Mollie back in May of 2013.

P.S. – Sean and Mollie Busby live in the same small city in Montana (population ~ 6,600) that my aunt and uncle do! What are the chances? I love how small the world is sometimes. :-)

Revolutionizing Diabetes Education with mySugr Academy

Education is a huge part of living with diabetes. Unfortunately, many people with type 2 diabetes are diagnosed then leave the office with little or no education.

If they are lucky, they’ll get back to their doctor’s office for a session with an educator a couple of weeks or a month later.

But what happens in-between? Imagine the questions!

What can I eat? How do I use this blood sugar meter? What do these numbers even mean? It’s paralyzing.

So my clever friends at mySugr have come up with a solution.

Introducing mySugr Academy.

The first course (10 levels with animated videos, articles, tips, challenges, and more) is geared towards type 2 diabetes. We have type 1 stuff on the roadmap, too.

We hope this online diabetes education tool helps fill the gap between diagnosis and initial education, and maybe even proves to be a powerful supplement to traditional diabetes education.

I’d love to know what you think! I’d also love to know more about your diagnosis/education experience. Please leave a comment, or send me a private message if you prefer.

Thank you!

Happy World Diabetes Day!

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Scott’s Sweepstakes! Marked Measuring Glass!

A Cup or a Glass?

I don’t drink many carb filled liquids (unless I’m low), but sometimes a tall glass of milk really hits the spot.

Marked Measuring GlassBut I often don’t give much thought to whether I’m drinking a cup of milk, or a glass of milk.

There’s an almost automatic association of 12g cho when I drink milk… maybe it’s a holdover from the old days of exchanges.

If I only poured 8 ounces of milk into my glass that would be just fine. 8 ounces is 12 grams of carbs. But I can see from this picture that I’m often pouring at least 12 ounces, maybe more!

Do I need to do the math on what an extra 4 ounces of milk does to my carb count (it’s an extra 6 grams)? And that’s if I stop pouring at that 12 ounce mark, which I don’t think I normally do.

Looking at this etched glass and thinking about my milk drinking, it gives me one of those “wait…what?!” mind-blowing moments where I realize I’m consuming way more carbs than I thought (see also: Measuring Handfuls).

Calibrating eyeballs

Measuring my food has always made me a bit angry. There is something unnatural about it and it gets under my skin at a very deep emotional level. Unresolved issues? Yeah, you bet. I have diabetes…

One strategy that makes sense to me is using measuring tools periodically to help remember what a serving size looks like.

So it’s not using measuring tools all the time (and triggering my unresolved emotional issues every time I eat), but rather using measuring tools a few days each month to make sure my “serving size creep,” or the tendency to inflate how much I’m dishing up and eating, isn’t getting out of control.

For example, every time I pour a glass of anything, I’ll be thinking about this marked measuring glass.

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A big thanks to National Etching for allowing me to run this sweepstakes and share this marked measuring glass with you. Please take a look at their Facebook page and consider giving them a Like.

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Do You Know DiabeticDanica?

I spent a day at Asante HQ* last week with a group of amazing diabetes brains, and among them was one I hadn’t met yet.

Danica has rocked diabetes on YouTube for a long time, so I was really excited to see that she would be there, too. But the poor thing was feeling under the weather most of the time we were in town. She was still able to take part in the meetings and offer really great advice. I was totally impressed.

She seems to have a good head on her shoulders and works hard to share her story. She’s also in nursing school, which I think is great.

Danica has a LOT of great videos on her YouTube channel, and I just want to help make you aware of another great resource for people living with diabetes.

*Disclosure: I am going to work with Asante on a regular basis above and beyond the purpose of this specific meeting. Asante Solutions paid for my travel expenses and lodging for this visit to their headquarters.

Scott’s Sweepstakes! Diabetes Carb Control Cookbook!

3 Winners! Diabetes Carb Control Cookbook!

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Bestselling author, Nancy S. Hughes, shares her latest book with you!

Diabetes Carb Control Cookbook features over 150 recipes with exactly 15 grams of carbs per serving.

Featured on the American Diabetes Association’s online bookstore –, this book sounds like a must have if you love cooking and keeping an eye on your carbs.

The sweepstakes runs until 11:59 pm central on Tuesday, October 28th, 2014.

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What does the FDA need to know about living with diabetes?

What does the FDA need to know?

DOCasksFDAOn November 3rd we will experience a historic event.

The FDA will host a discussion between the diabetes community and senior FDA leadership from both the drug and device groups.

The topic? What does the FDA need to know about living with diabetes?

The discussion will be available via live webcast from 1-4pm ET (registration details coming soon).

The event will include a live panel of patients, both T1 & T2, and representatives from ADA, JDRF, and diaTribe.

As a community, we have a huge opportunity to present the many challenges we face each day, and it’s important to let the FDA hear YOUR opinions and make sure they’re part of the discussion.

Short survey

diaTribe has worked hard to create a survey that gives YOU an opportunity to let the FDA know more about your life with diabetes, the challenges you face, and what would be helpful.

Please consider sharing five minutes of your time to complete the survey. You’ll be making a huge difference in the world of diabetes.

The survey is only open for about FIVE DAYS – so please, do not procrastinate!

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Give yourself the credit you deserve! Video Interview with Tami Neumann

I enjoyed an opportunity to visit with the wonderful Tami Neumann from Conversations in Care again this morning.

She gave me a wonderful opportunity to talk about giving yourself credit for how well you’re managing diabetes (even if you think you’re not).

We introduced my giant mug within the first minute, which should make my colleagues at mySugr smile. They witness that mug way too often (lots of video conferences), and it was a big topic of discussion when I started with them. :-)

Shout outs to:

Scott’s Sweepstakes! Nuun Hydration Grab Bag!

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Have you heard of Nuun? I used their products for my big bike ride in 2012 and during my half marathon training this year. They are big on hydration and replacing electrolytes without added carbohydrates and sugar.

Drop a tab into your water bottle, and you’re good to go. No thinking about insulin doses or blood sugars. That’s a bonus in my world.

Over the summer, Nuun announced a sponsorship of longtime fans Team Novo Nordisk.

New Products and Giveaways

Nuun was kind enough to send me a handful of goodies to give away.  I’m excited because there are some new products that I haven’t seen before, and we get to have multiple winners! Yay!

  • Nuun All Day Hydration (multi pack) – Vitamin enhanced drink tabs for all day hydration and zero sugar
  • Nuun Original Flavors (multi pack) – Electrolyte enhanced drink tabs
  • Nuun New Flavors (multi pack) – Electrolyte enhanced drink tabs
  • Nuun Energy (1 wild cherry) – Vitamin B & caffeine enhanced drink tabs (3g cho)
  • Nuun Energy (1 lemon-lime) – Vitamin B & caffeine enhanced drink tabs (3g cho)
  • Nuun Energy (1 cherry limeade) – Vitamin B & caffeine enhanced drink tabs (3g cho)


So we get SIX winners this time! I love it! :-) Thank you, Nuun!

Be sure to check out their product page for more details on the above prizes.

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