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Inspiration Exchange Diabetes Moments Episode 1: Introducing the Inspiration Exchange Diabetes Moments Podcast with Shelley and Todd

In Episode 1 of Inspiration Exchange Diabetes Moments, Cherise had the opportunity to chat with Shelley Landes and Todd Laderach from Roche Diabetes Care Customer Marketing team about peer support, new strategy and more. Show Notes Get to know Shelley and Todd...

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Getting organized for the holidays

From September through the end of the year, you'll be shopping, cooking, traveling, gifting, entertaining and—oh-yeah—living your day-to-day life. You may have what feels like 1 million details to manage. Does this sound familiar (and stressful)? Well, never fear. We're here to help you get organized. Try our checklist of tips to help you feel like you can get it all done! Pre-Halloween planning Who still needs a costume? Choose early—especially if you're making your own. Carve your pumpkin about a week before Halloween. Rub petroleum jelly on the cut edges to help your...

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Leftover Halloween candy ideas

Of course, your child is going to eat some of their trick-or-treat haul. It would be a shame to waste all of that hard work! But you probably don't want them eating all 10 pounds of it. You already know the usual tricks for getting rid of the overflow: allow them to trade candy for cash or toys, save a small stash of treats for a quick low blood sugar fix. Here are a few other creative ways to minimize the post-Halloween candy craze. Donate it Get a jump on feeling thankful by giving back to your community. Food pantries and nursing homes often accept Halloween candy as donations, as do...

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New diabetes diagnosis? 3 steps for getting on the road to acceptance.

It's never easy to be handed a diabetes diagnosis, whether it's yours, your child's or another loved one's. If you're feeling overwhelmed or confused about what to do next, here are 3 first steps that will aid in accepting and controlling the situation you're in. Step 1: It's okay to grieve  You've heard of the 5 stages of grief: denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance. When you get unsettling news like a diabetes diagnosis, it's common to wonder "Why is this happening?" and to fear the unknown. It's also common to blame yourself and worry about what others will think of you. You may...

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8 ways to conquer your cravings

Everyone has cravings. But for people with diabetes, the stakes are higher. Fortunately, many people find that if they simply wait 20 minutes, the craving will go away. Try it! It's a relatively small window of time. For other ways to control cravings (instead of letting them control you), keep these ideas in mind. 1. First, test  Have you ever been bowled over by a sudden craving, only to realize later that it was low blood sugar in disguise? When cravings hit, test first. You may still need to eat, but at least you'll know what you really need.1 2. Ask...

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Quick fixes for when you're cranky

No one likes being in a bad mood, but when your blood sugar swings out of range, well, it happens. What can you do about it? First, know your blood sugar level  You know this part―when your blood glucose level is off, it affects your mood. Start by knowing your number and, if you're high or low, taking steps to correct it. You'll be feeling like yourself in no time. In the meantime, try these other quick fixes designed to brighten your spirits. Take a 10-minute walk  Exercise is an excellent way to lower your blood sugar, and a quick walk is great...

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Summer isn't over yet! Have fun while getting ready for fall.

We've been hearing people say "September is the new January." And it's true—as summer comes to a close and the kids go back to school, people seem to have a change in perspective. We're no longer floating down a lazy river. Instead, it's time to plug back in and get motivated. Before the leaves start to change and you pull the jackets out of storage, here are a few things you can do to enjoy the last days of summer while looking forward to fall. Set new goals. While you're feeling charged up from a few months of solar energy, think about things you may want to take with you into the fall and winter....

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Smart Halloween and diabetes safety tips

Halloween is an exciting, frantic and exhausting night. While your kids are shrieking, "This is the best night of my entire life!" here are a few ways to help them have a safe trick-or-treat. Costume check Can your child see clearly and move freely? Look for nontoxic, hypoallergenic makeup instead of a mask, and try to stay away from their eyes. Sturdy shoes that cover their feet completely can help when going up and down stairs, to avoid foot injuries. If your child wears a medical alert bracelet, leave it on tonight. Health beats fashion, even on Halloween. Use the buddy system...

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​Blossom

Why should I be unhappy? Every parcel of my being is in full bloom. - Rumi​ ​Who are you? What do you stand for? There's no better time to let the real you blossom. Springtime can give us a sense of just waking up after a long, deep sleep. Here's how to make the most of that "I can take on the world" feeling.​​ Know your mission statement. Are you here to learn, teach or share? Perfect a skill? Live a balanced life? Advocate for change? Of course, we all have many goals and needs fighting for our attention, but knowing your purpose is a great place to...

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