Positive Influences – Good Taste
Often it’s the little things, the simple pleasures, the small surprises that in someway have a profound effect and influence on us. Recently I was invited to an event called “Lipstick and Laughter for Diva-betics”. My immediate slightly warped sense of doubt responded with skepticism, yet there was something sweet and catchy about the title that I liked. I decided to attend.
A “GLAM-more FEAR- less approach to diabetes outreach promises style and support as women of all ages share knowledge, triumphs and concerns about living and coping with diabetes in a stylish new way.” This is what Diva-betics creator, Max Szadek told me. Max worked as personal assistant to Luther Vandross for 13 years and witnessed Luther’s day to day struggle with type 2 diabetes. He decided to do something positive and creative for diabetes. He joined up with type 1 Christine Campanelli, formerly of JDRF, and started Diva-betics.
What’s a Diva-betic anyway? She’s a dynamic, multifaceted goddess with the wisdom, beauty and perseverance necessary to beat the potentially devastating disease. She’s in control. She embraces, never denies, the seriousness of diabetes and actively seeks out the support of a competent healthcare entourage. Her discipline and determination make her the best!
The event was filled with rooms of girls and women comfortable with the common bond of diabetes. There was fun and laughter, interesting speakers, diabetes educators, personal hair consultations, make up application, prizes, music and food. Later that evening on the subway going home, I noticed people were looking at me. I realized I was standing there all alone with a big smile blissfully covering my face I was dressed in my new Diva-betic T-shirt that read “sugar’s the bitch, not me.”
It was one of those moments in time that we all need in our lives, a smile is a potent medicine. It was a moment of positive influence. To take a break from all the hi-tech and clinical education and information that surrounds us in the field of diabetes care, and find that smile is a good reminder that life with diabetes must be balanced. So, thanks, Max and Christine and all the Diva-betics for dosing us with a refreshing spark, a firecracker!
Check out www.divabetic.com website for a smile. (Guys (Dude-abetics welcome, too)
Another way of celebrating positive influences is with good taste, which sends us over to Cyber Kitchen to contemplate spring.
Cyber Kitchen Recipes
|Tuna and Spinach that Bursts with Fresh Flavor|
|This is actually a simple dish that requires several steps. In the end your taste buds will thank you for persevering. Substitute halibut, salmon or snapper if you prefer. All work well in the recipe.|
6 5oz. tuna steaks
1 small hot (jalapeno) pepper, seeded and chopped
6 cups baby spinach
Serve packets on plates garnished with wedges of lemon and a few cilantro sprigs. This is really impressive and DELICIOUS!
|Grilled Fresh Sardines And Fennel In a Salad|
|Appreciation of the nutritive and flavorful value of fresh sardines is making them more and more available. If you can find them, use for this recipe. If not seek out the best quality Portuguese canned sardines you can find.|
1 lb. fresh sardines rinsed with cold water (heads removed if you choose)
Nutritional Value: ¼ lb sardines = 115 cal, 13 grams protein, 10 fat grams, 3 carb grams
Salad (4 servings):
2 cups fennel, thinly sliced or shaved
Nutritional Value: 1 serving = 120, 20 carb grams, 4 grams protein, .trace fat, 5 fiber grams
2 T fresh lemon juice
Nutritional Value: 1 T. = 43 cal, traced protein, 1 carb gram, 5 fat grams.