When does a book go beyond being only “a good read”? When it changes how you think and allows you to learn more about your self. That’s how I really feel about the new name written by fellow kind 1 D-peep Adam Brown, that many may recognize as the favorite author and tech specialist over at .
Available as downloadable PDF e-book as well as in paperback, this 237-pager is a brilliant run-through of D-tips and priorities that Adam describes as “The Diabetes Guide that I Wish Someone Had Handed Me” if he had been diagnosed at age 12 in 2001. For people who don’t know Adam, the California Bay Area 28-year-old has over the last several years become a go-to expert for all in our community according to his personal D-management experiments and explorations of new technologies.
Almost as testament to this, his new book starts with a glowing foreword out of T1D advocate and consultant Kelly Close (Adam’s boss), and both glowing quotes of support from nearly three dozen experts across the Diabetes Community, such as Aaron Kowalski of JDRF, Dr. Fran Kaufman of Medtronic, Phil Southerland of Team Novo Nordisk and former Miss America-turned-advocate Nicole Johnson.
Kelly obviously “found” Adam and brought him onto her Close Concerns and diaTribe team years ago. Both have only posted a great Q&A involving Kelly and Adam on Facebook that’s very much worth viewing for some basics on Adam’s new book.
A Bright Frame of Mind
Adam’s subject of concentrating on so-called “bright areas” and “landmines” for what works and doesn’t work in his diabetes control is absolutely brilliant, IMHO. I love that train of thought, and have already begun looking at several components of my own D-life using that frame of mind.
Adam starts out using a “Start Here: How to Use This Book” section that’s already super-motivational. He recognizes how damn hard daily life with T1D is, but impresses us “We Can Do Better!” He lays out how important it’s to craft goals that are specific and actionable, realistic and sustainable, and “in my hands and changeable” And he then explains how to celebrate your own weak spots (“landmines”) in D-control and how to go about experimenting with a repair.
The book is then divided into four chief sections — Food, Mindset, Exercise and Sleep — using 40 glowing areas and 16 landmines in complete (or 10 and 4 at each phase). Every one of these explains tips and techniques on “what works for me personally,” complete with vibrant photographs and interactive worksheets and checklists for readers to use in their own experimentation.
Be mindful that there is a whole lot packed into this novel concerning ideas and new approaches to attempt, and it may feel overwhelming. So for me personally, I found it best taken in small doses, leaping around from section to section as required. Adam actually urges that method early on, encouraging visitors to move freely about the book.
A Perfectionist Streak
You need to know going in that this book has a motivational speaker-esque, self-empowerment feel to it — an approach that can occasionally be frustrating for readers, because it can feel like the author makes it all look so easy, like you simply need to “retrain your brain” to achieve optimum behaviours and customs.
Thankfully, Adam does manage to toe the line between “motivational” and adopting “Your Diabetes May Vary,” frequently noting that it’s not so easy to adapt these behaviors and his idea of attaining perfection is among his regular landmines. Both perspectives may seem contradictory occasionally, but I actually liked how Adam keeps it real and admits that for him, these encouragements do not always pan out as planned.
“My perfectionist series sets unrealistic expectations for living with diabetes,” Adam writes. “Encouraging my diabetes glowing spots and preventing landmines helps immensely, but it still won’t eliminate ALL out-of-range BGs. And that’s okay.”
Btw, the book isn’t limited exclusively to Adam’s personal experiences — he sprinkles in scientific findings and what major researchers have said on these different topics over time, from low-carb diets to exercise customs and BG effects, to the requirement to have sufficient sleep. You can learn a lot of helpful advice here.
Low-Carb Insights & Exercise
Without apology, Adam is a low-carb eater. A lot of what he writes in Bright Spots & Landmines reflects that, as he describes it as the biggest game-changer for his diabetes. But he points out it’s not for everyone and you will find differing POVs among medical experts even, so that’s refreshing to see.
Still, as someone who is attempting to consume lower-carb itself, it was good to see what works and doesn’t work for Adam, have a glimpse at an actual grocery list, listen to how more nuts and protein-based snacks assist him during the day, and even learn how one can experiment to make low-carb food choices more interesting. I like this!
Of course, exercise is a big part of the book and Adam runs through the manners he has made exercise a regular part of his day. From starting off in the afternoon with a walk, to performing stretches for 10-15 minutes before bed, to moving his body while viewing a TED conversation or funny video.
Also, being dog-lover myself, I couldn’t resist grinning when Adam mentioned he and his girlfriend have embraced a mini schnauzer that they have named Sencha, following their favorite Japanese green tea. He says having a pup around is a double-win in both the mindset and exercise classes; my very own Riley Dog and that I couldn’t agree more on this front, Adam!
A Community Effort
Tying it all together, Adam clearly points this out is a community and family effort.
On this note, while he speaks a lot about his own life and how CGM is important to him and lots of men and women, he also makes a point of realizing access and affordability are big issues in our D-Community he’s painfully aware of. The book even contains a break-out box section on how to find more inexpensive test strips, and how sometimes adopting more exercise can reduce the quantity of insulin one needs to use.
Adam admits that the objective of this book is all about thinking of what diabetes means for you now, maybe not some far-off time of doubt.
“My Bright Areas and Landmines have allowed me to live well now, to reflect more happily on and to have hope for a better future,” Adam writes. “I need the very same for you.”
As noted, the book enabled me to learn some things about myself. It made me reflect on the fact that the two glowing spots and landmines occur frequently with diabetes, and the landmines are almost unavoidable. Traditionally, I have only stumbled through them even having them burst and throw me off balance — in order to learn and proceed. However, if I’m in the mindset that landmines are out there, perhaps I can be able to impair the explosion. Occasionally I may need those explosions beneath my feet so as to evolve, but it’s all about being best prepared for what is lurking in the realm of diabetes.
I’d add both ups and downs important pieces of living with diabetes regardless of what era you may have started.
Thanks to Adam, I found that in several ways, I really do wish to do much better than I have been in relation to living with my diabetes. Despite my initial hesitation to any sort of motivational pep talk, I started believing that Adam is spot-on about finding the proper style of motivation that works for you personally — whether related to meals, sleeping, exercise, or mindset generally. After reading this book, I’m more prepared to take the “failures” and’m weaving some of his “bright areas” believing in my own life.
So, that’s my verdict: Bright Spots & Landmines is one of the essential reads any PWD should possess, as there’s something in there for each of us to detect and use, to be certain.
And you know what’s even more amazing? On Amazon, the book is priced at $6.99 at paperback and $1.99 on Kindle, and so as to make certain that cost is not a barrier and supply access to as many individuals as possible, the book may also be downloaded for “name your own price” in diaTribe.org/BrightSpots. — whether that’s $0 (free!) , or anything you want to contribute as 100% of the profits go directly to encourage the non-profit diaTribe Foundation.
Before you go purchase or locate a copy for yourself, here is a chance to win one for free…
Interested in winning a personally autographed copy of Bright Spots & Landmines, by Adam Brown? The authoer has generously offered to give away FIVE FREE AUTOGRAPHED COPIES, and here is how you can win:
1. Post your comment below and comprise the codeword “DMBooks” someplace from text so we know you’d like to enter.
2. You have until Friday, May 26, 2017, at 5pm PST to enter.
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This contest is currently closed. Congrats to Brittany, Kristen, Mame, Nikki and Sandra that were picked by Random.org as champions of the book giveaway!
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