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My guest is Chrystal from L.A.. She is just one of many positive diabetics making a huge difference in the diabetes community. She is a chemist, and diabetic activist. After Chrystal's diagnosis of type 2 diabetes in November 2007, she created SexyDiabetic.com; and donates a good portion of her time connecting and sharing experiences, both inside and outside the online diabetic communities.


Chrystal has shared with us her personal experiences living with diabetes; her role in the diabetic community; some of her current diabetic project she's working on during black history month.


We talked about some of the struggles we we face, getting the African American communities and all other people of color educated on the dangers of diabetes; as well as the fears and discrimination that still exist for diabetics today.


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Richard A. Vaugn


For 2012 I thought it would be wonderful to start the year off with a positive interview!


My guest is Richard A Vaughn. He has written an awesome book called "Beating The Odds - 64 years of Diabetes Health". In this book, he takes us on a journey through his diabetic life.


From the moment he was diagnosed with type 1 at the age of 6, all the way up through completing his masters degree, @ a time when people thought diabetics shouldn't go to college (because diabetes was considered a disability then).


Richard also talks about his wonderful family and grand children, in addition to participating in the Joslin Medalist Study, funded by the JDRF & National Institute of health..


Richard is definitely an inspiration to us all. He has showed us insulin dependent people, how to live healthy emotionally & physically by example, with either no, or the least amount of complications possible; coming from a time when life expectancy for a diabetic was no later than 40 years old.


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You can purchase Richard's book by clicking on the graphic of his book below.




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What's in your headphones? We all know how important exercise is to any diabetic, however, the music you exercise to is also just as important too! Music can make the difference between a 3 minute workout, and a 30 minute workout. Personally, I am an oldies guy, and my musical tastes are pretty eclectic and diverse. The above playlist consist of music I am listening to on my Anddroid when I exercise or power-walk. As my mood changes, so shall the playlist.

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Hey guys,

I would like to tell you about my experience with the Nutri Bullet. I really love this product. It’s well designed and sturdy. In essence, the Nutri Bullet is a mini 600 watt high powered blender, with specially designed blades that moves so fast that it not only blends, it pulverizes both food and nutrients into a smooth “milk shake” like consistency.  For the most part, the Nutri Bullet does exactly what it advertises. I love it so much I will most likely purchase another one for work. Why? Well, I realized that I could save a lot of money too! For a small cup of juiced pear and banana will cost almost $6 dollars here in NYC, however, with my Nutri Bullet, I can process the same ingredients for less than $2, and keep my fiber too!

There is really nothing I can say bad about the Nutri Bullet so far. It is REALLY easy to clean, which is a huge benefit in my eyes. One of the major turn offs I had with my Breville juicer, was the work it took to clean it. I almost always find a little bit of veggie food particles on the Titanium plate; it’s not as easy to clean as they advertise, however, it still is a damn good juicer though. With my Nutri Bullet, its literally a few rinses and I am done! 15-20 minutes cleaning up my juicer, turns in to 1-2 minutes cleaning my Nutri Bullet. However, keep in mind that a juicer extracts juice; the Nutri Bullet not only blends, it emulsifies it’s contents.

You must NOT fill your container beyond the Max line, otherwise you will damage your Nutri Bullet in the long run.

The only downsides I see really has nothing to do with the product itself, but more the nature of what I’m blending. Some things do not blend well, such as Blueberries and Blackberries, because the seeds are too small for the Nutri Blend to pulverize. However, larger seeds such as pumpkin seeds blends perfectly. Raisins do not blend well either, but that’s probably has to do with it’s chewy consistency. The other downside is, there are some veggies that taste better juiced in my opinion, one of them being carrots. Carrots have way to much fiber I think, and the consistency is more like paste than a smoothie shake.

Not everything will taste good together. Personally, I do not like most greens in my Nutri-Blast drink, such as kale, broccoli, cabbage, etc, these veggies are way to bland for my taste. To be honest, I don’t like any veggies in my shake, I prefer my veggies cooked and eaten. And I know some of you RAW food fans probably have cringed at my prior statement LOL. However, there are too many other plant based foods that I can consume raw, that taste good, and get the same healthy benefits, rather than worrying about the mechanics of cooking my veggies verses not.

Another real nice thing a love about the Nutri Bullet is that, it’s so powerful that it literally crack open (most) nuts (pecans not as well as I’d like), giving you even more nutritional benefits.

There are three things you should keep in mind while using the Nutri Bullet:

GREEN VEGGIES – Remember that veggies are ruffage, and will most likely contain high levels of fiber. I recommend that you experiment on the weekend a few times before consuming large amount of leafy greens. Otherwise you will be in the bathroom all day. LOL.

FRUITS – Remember that we are diabetics, and portion control still applies even when we are eating “healthier”. While yes it’s true that with the Nutri Bullet, we get to keep the fiber in our fruits, however, still be mindful of the carb content of each fruit, as well as the amount of fiber.

WATCH YOUR NUTS! - LOL.. Although nuts and seeds are a great source for energy and protein, remember that those proteins add up to calories. Know how much calories in some of those nuts before you use them. All you need is a little sprinkle, YOU DON”T NEED A LOT! Some seeds such as pumpkin seeds can contain as much as 500 calories in a half cup. It is just as possible to abuse and eat unhealthy with “healthy” foods. Over consumption of nuts is one fast way to gain more weight. The good thing about nuts and seeds are that they literally can last for ages, and never have to worry about them spoiling quickly the way fruit does.

In my opinion, it is best to use traditional salad type greens, such as Romaine lettuce, because the taste is neutral; it’s not bitter like arugula. However, If you like the taste of arugula, spinach, etc, in your smoothie, then be my guest!

RAW AGAVE NECTARAgave is a plant that comes from Southern Mexico (if I’m not mistaken), it is about 3 times as sweet as honey. Why am I mentioning this? Well, sometimes you may be blending a fruit that isn’t fully ripened yet, therefore may not taste as sweet as you’d like it. Agave is a good natural alternative to using Splenda, Nutri-Sweet etc. Many diabetics use Agave because it has a low glycemic index. However, again, portion control is important when using Agave as well, you can consume a lot of carbs if your not carful.

STEVIA – Stevia is also a plant, and it comes from many parts of Asia, and has been used for thousands of years. Unfortunately, we in the states have just gotten hip to it. It’s also a great natural sweet alternative. Stevia is starting to become just as popular as Splenda now, and is automatically used in soda’s, ice creams, and candies. They come in powder packages, and tinctures. There are two kinds of tinctures, one with, and one without alcohol. In my opinion, the one without the alcohol taste much better in most things such as juice or herbal tea/coffees.

You guys know I’m a huge fan of Amazon, normally I would tell you to get it from them. However, this is one of those rare instances that Amazon is actually a little more expensive for their Nutri Bullet. You are better off getting it from their NutrBullet site directly, because you get their healing book free (to my understanding, you can’t get it any other way).

Remember guys, this is not a cure for diabetes, but we can certainly be more healthy, active, and proactive with our health, in order that we can live a longer and healthier lives (complication free).

© 2012 Yogi / DiabeticRadio.com






Traveling with diabetes. What you can get without a prescription. Also, some things to be aware of when traveling as a diabetic.

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I’m sorry to say that I am very disappointed with Bayer’s A1CNow home testing kit. A1CNow home testing kit allows you to test your hemoglobin A1C, in the comforts of your abode, in about 5 minutes. Unfortunately, this product only worked correctly for me upon the purchase of my first kit! I’ve purchased 3 units, got 1 free (via coupon) for a total of 4 units.  I tried very hard to give Bayer the benefit of the doubt, however, 3 bad units out of 4 is way too much. Please note, I am not saying that Bayer is a bad company, but this particular product “A1CNow” by them doesn’t consistently do it’s job.

What seems to be the problem? Well, on all 3 failures, it appears to be a problem with temperature. Once I inserted the special cartridge in to the unit, I would get a error code “OR 6″ which according to their manual, it means that the temperature is out of range. I called Bayer explained the problem, and it seemed like she did not want to do anything for me. I reminded her I cannot return the unit to the pharmacy “opened and used”. She then gave me a coupon for a free unit, and instructed me to dispose of the defective unit.

Well, unfortunately, when I got the 3rd unit, the same thing happened again. I later on tried one more time, this time I refrigerated my box until I was ready to use. Once again, I got the same error “OR 6″ code. Could this be a known issue? Should Bayer recommend that pharmacy’s refrigerate these units? Or have they manufactured bad batches?

So far, I have not used other A1C home testing units yet, however, I’m looking forward to doing so. I think these kind of home testing are great for those who have no insurance. Please note, I am not saying an A1C test can take the place of a doctor, because as a diabetic, you MUST have your liver and kidneys checked, especially if your taking certain medications such as Metformin.  Home hemoglobin A1C tests can help you gauge how well your doing with your overall diabetes treatment.

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