Digital Marketing and Advertishing, Health

My Thanksgiving #Diabetes Challenge and “Recovery Monday”

I am not going to take the time to over edit this post, as it is just a quick discourse of being a #diabetic, and finishing the biggest “food” holiday of the year.

First, I have the joy of celebrating Thanksgiving twice a year…once in November as you already have figured out, and usually around the 10th of October, which is Thanksgiving in Canada. My wife is Canadian born and here family lives to the north.

Okay…just in short, I did better this year than others, but still not great. On top of the #diabetes and several related conditions (#neuropathy and #retinopathy), I also deal with coronary artery disease. My body does not process fats and cholesterol well at all. So, even though you would not know it, my family’s Thanksgiving has an Italian theme with antipasto (deli meats, olives and more), ravioli and Italian desserts, on top of the usual turkey, stuffing and mashed potatoes. Then there are leftovers on Friday.

Basically, the Monday after Thanksgiving is always a challenge for me, yet I did a few things better this year. First, I monitored my portions, yet I know I kicked up my blood sugar. I went for an hour walk after the dessert with my son, which was good for our physical and mental health, and most of all, tried to be less stressed (stress increases cholesterol).

So after a weekend of travel and food, it is time to get back to an even course before we enter the Christmas and New Year season.

– Less Carbs
– More Veggies
– Almost No Meat
– Walking, strength and stretching exercises
– Stress reducing activities.

Well, I am off to work some more. Drop me a line on the connect section of my website, send me an email at michael.s.donohoe@gmail.com or follow my Twitter @michaeldonohoe.

Keep Moving and Keep Living!

Digital Marketing and Advertishing

Halloween Candy + Diabetes = A Big Challenge

With today being Halloween and tomorrow, November 1st is the beginning of #Diabetes Awareness Month, I thought I would right basically a quick PSA.

If you are anything like me, the candy desires hit a ridiculous level only three or four times a year, but Halloween is the worst. Over the last month, in my local #CVS, they’ve had incredible deals on #Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups. They were displayed at least fourteen times between the front entrance to the pharmacy counter. UGH!

If you are a #diabetic, either get out an walk a ton early in the day, eat only low carb foods, and have the ability to limit yourself, it is best to avoid candy altogether. For me, my cholesterol is currently high and with the #heart and coronary artery disease issues I have dealt with, it is best for me to just say no! 

Don’t worry, I will be out handing candy to the kids (one piece each), but I am sure I will be chopping on a fresh apple while doing it.

If you would like more information on diabetes awareness and prevention, visit the website of the American Diabetes Association.

Keep moving and keep living!

Short Bio…

Michael Donohoe is passionate about two things…diabetes advocacy and digital marketing.

Michael openly shares the need to increase diabetes awareness through social media and speaking opportunities. He is in the process of creating aA1CWellness.com. This site will serve as “Your Guide to Relevant Diabetic Information on the Web”.

In marketing, Michael executes profitable programs using inbound marketing (certified), digital content marketing development, digital/mobile strategy and production and social media marketing (some would say he is an “enthusiast”) with an emphasis on project leadership. As a marketing specialist, Michael reigns in the power of social media/blogging (content marketing), effectively identifies the target, creates key online elements, analyzes the behavior of the users through key performance indicators and adapts programs when necessary.

In either passion, Michael focuses on measurable success for the diabetic (their A1C level) and the client (profitability and KPI…key performance indicator goals).

Send MIchael an email, call him at 610.762.4140 or connect on his webisite — michaeldonohoe.com