Check out some of my favorite books, podcasts, diabetes influencers and other resources.
Apps & Products
Find inspiration, connection, and information on your phone!
Insight Timer I am a teacher on this platform and host weekly meditations specific to diabetes needs and other chronic illnesses. We use “biohacks” to shift our bodies into their preferred neurobiological state to improve healing and recovery. Insight Timer is a free app with thousands of free meditations, talks, and music tracks.
My Etsy Shop – currently I have a fun dragonfly mug that says “Transformation in Process. Please be patient.” And a diabetes supply bag that says “I’m a badass pancreas. What did you do all day?”.
My Fitness Pal– my “go to” app for nutritional info and carb counts. I find it has nearly every brand and food item I have ever searched for.
Three.earth – Highly bioavailable, natural products (vitamins/supplements) uniquely formulated to deliver maximum nutrition for maximum benefits. I have been taking these supplements for years and they cost LESS than when I bought a million separate products from my local grocery store. You can purchase from me!
Dragonfly Necklaces – several options. I love the symbology of the dragonfly and have used it in my branding and wear a dragonfly necklace every day. Perhaps you might like some of these:
The dragonfly symbolizes our ability to overcome hardship. They can remind us to take time to create wellness in our own lives. Flow in the body. Peace in the mind. Connection of spirit.
Diabetes Moments – coming soon
**Dragonfly Lights – Finding Your Perfect Purpose by Patricia Daiker. This is a beautifully illustrated book for children of all ages who are perfectly imperfect and need inspiration and support. Our dragonfly begins his journey on earth and learns about why he is here. While on earth he is given a special spaceship that takes him on a trip that only he can take. He learns many lessons about his perfect purpose, his faulty spaceship, and the friends he meets along the way. It is a wonderful tool to explain the perfection of uniqueness, the struggles we sometimes face, and the reason it is all worthwhile.
**Dragonfly Lights Companion Activity Book by Patricia Daiker. An interactive way to explore the lessons in Finding Your Perfect Purpose. It includes pages to color, fill in the missing parts, and personalize to your own story.
The Myth of Normal by Gabor Mate. An insightful book that explains how our “normal” culture can actually harm the human animal, resulting in disease, addiction and mental health issues. This book taught me that diabetes is a traumatic situation that requires attention to the stress of the illness. Packed full of research to support this theory!
The Obesity Code and The Diabetes Code by Jason Fung. Dr. Fung is a nephrologist (kidney doctor) that sees many patients with kidney diseases related to diabetes. He presents some compelling research that reveals type 2 diabetes as a metabolic issue, not just poor health choices. His explanation of how our modern diet contributes to states of unhealth makes a lot of sense!
Conversations with God by Neale Donald Walsch. A holistic perspective about our purpose, our creator, and ourselves.
Jesus Calling by Sarah Young. Daily Inspiration in practical and modern language.
The Four Tendencies by Gretchen Ruben. An exploration of the question “How do you respond to expectations?”. It explains how the world around you and inside you impacts the choices you make each day (including diabetes management).
The Surrender Experiment by Michael Singer. An insightful true story of the benefits of accepting just where we are each day. There can be great peace by not fighting against what is.
Anchored: How to Befriend Your Nervous System Using Polyvagal Theory by Deb Dana. A down to earth and simple way to understand your nervous system and the polyvagal theory.
Influencers, Movers and Shakers I love!
Dr. Sarah Hallberg’s TED Talk shines some interesting light on the treatment of diabetes and the definition of the disease itself.
Dr. Anoop Kumar – an ER doctor and pioneer in developing a model of how “we” fit together: body, mind, and spirit. I am fascinated by how his novel approach unifies allopathic medicine, energetic healing, and experiential consciousness into “health” and wellbeing. Read more: Shauna’s Story Four Pillars of Wellness Anatomy of Second Mind Medicine.
Deb Dana – a licensed clinical social worker who has leveraged Polyvagal theory to understand the impact of trauma (which included diabetes) in our lives. She offers strategies and tools to help us find safety and emotional regulation in our lives.
Don Muchow – an inspirational person living with type 1 diabetes, who took the onset of a complication to revamp his diabetes outlook. What began as a simple 5K turned into ultramarathon running, with his last big run from Disney in California to Disney in Florida. Yep! Across the entire US! He is a personal friend and an exceptional human!
Amber Clour – a fierce diabetes advocate bringing awareness and stories about life with T1D to the world with her podcast “Diabetes Daily Grind”. She is a difference maker and happy to also call her friend. Check out this episode when she interviewed me on her podcast.
Matt Vander Vegt – using his diagnosis and love of fitness and nutrition to help people living with T1D. He has a podcast called Pardon My Pancreas which is packed full of information about balancing exercise and diabetes.
Have a favorite to share?
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