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AdventureRx Episode 51 In defense of identity: ditching diabetes!

I fully believe that this is the most important podcast episode I've put out here. It contains the central point of value that I have been able to offer through LivingVertical content up till this point. It's also a fitting place to leave the AdventureRx podcast. I won't be adding new episodes to this feed any longer. The good news is that this isn't "goodbye" it's actually the beginning of a new chapter--and the culmination of what LivingVertical started out as from the beginning.

This Episode is about the importance of protecting our identity and keeping the negativity of a medical condition from becoming who we are. I definitely went down that path over the last 5 years in order to try and communicate a different narrative about life with diabetes--and I am thankful I had the opportunity to do it. On the other hand I realized that I have reached a point where I don't have a lot more to say about diabetes and I'm tired of trying to make everything I do about diabetes. I am going back to the beginning--where diabetes had to be about everything I choose to do and where I choose to go.

I am going to be focusing on adventure and photography--not diabetes. Diabetes will always be in the picture (pun!) but it will no longer be in focus. In a lot of ways I believe that this is less a divergence from the original priorities of LivingVertical and more of a return to them. I can offer no empowerment greater than to demonstrate that life does not revolve around diabetes--in fact that the opposite must and CAN be true. I remain more than willing to field questions, discuss and share what I can--but that will be on an individual basis--so it will be your choice to initiate that as you see fit.

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Music:

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"Poppies" Rolemusic

"By Grace" Podington Bear

"Skipping in the 'No Standing' zone" Peter Gresser

"Claus" The Dirty Moogs

"Rolands Vegners" Ergo Phizmiz and Margita Zalite


modified keto diet

Troubleshooting high cholesterol and a modified keto diet

This week we are talking about a modified keto diet! I just got back from my endocrinologist appointment and I wanted to share a little bit about the high cholesterol that I have experienced and the modified keto diet that I have been following in order to mitigate this risk as best I can. I love the keto diet and its benefits to my blood sugar and type 1 diabetes management are literally amazing. My blood sugar for the last month was an average 106 with a standard deviation of 23 points! I am NOT willing to give that up. On the other hand, my cholesterol at last measurement was almost 400. I decided to use a modified keto diet to try and improve my cholesterol without losing the benefits of eating low carb-high fat.

A modified keto diet can mean a lot of different things but for me it means cutting saturated fat and replacing it with unsaturated fat. In simplest terms this means replacing coconut oil (my main source of ketogenic fat) with olive oil wherever it's appropriate. I have also been replacing some animal fats with greens and more olive oil--and trying to eat more fish (sardines). I am not going totally away from animal products or making massive changes in the diet--but I am trying to gradually make adjustments in favor of the unsaturated (usually plant based) fats and you'll hear about what that entails and how it seems to be working in this episode!

Links:

Modified Keto Diet blog post

Ketogenic diet and high cholesterol blog post

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"Poppies" Rolemusic

"By Grace" Podington Bear

"Skipping in the 'No Standing' zone" Peter Gresser

"Claus" The Dirty Moogs

"Rolands Vegners" Ergo Phizmiz and Margita Zalite


Episode 49 Special: Why you DON'T have to fit in

This is a special "bonus" episode from an interview I did recently with Dan Flanick of More Than Strength. This interview is an exploration of how we can forge our own path in life despite our challenges and how climbing has been a metaphor for freedom and learning to deal with failure. This is, of course, central to life with diabetes where failure is present or possible in just about everything that we do.

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"Poppies" Rolemusic


Lessons from a failed adventure

Episode 48 Lessons from a "failed" adventure

In this episode of the AdventureRx podcast I'm reflecting more positively on Lessons from a failed adventure and what I learned from the process. I believe that the value of an experience must determine if it is a success or failure--and value isn't always apparent up front. Sometimes, like an investment, it takes some time for the sting to dissipate and only then does the success become obvious. Or maybe it never becomes a success but the value lies in fearing failure a little less and going more vigorously after the next project.

I wrote a blog specifically about a handful of particularly memorable photographs that reminded me of what a worthwhile investment our year has been, despite the fact that we are back where we started. Additionally, please check out the new short film I just released on YouTube--share it if you like it! Getting the word out is super important and helpful in supporting any and all of the work we do!

Here are some of the lessons I discuss in episode 48:

  1. The importance of trying things
  2. The value of not being dissuaded by possible failure
  3. Finding clarity in "back to square 1"
  4. Real failure vs not getting our way
  5. The importance of knowing yourself
  6. Sticking relentlessly to your vision

Thanks for listening as always and please connect with us and reach out via any of the links below. Next week I'll be digging into my modified ketogenic diet and some cholesterol woes I've been having to deal with!

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"Poppies" Rolemusic

"By Grace" Podington Bear

"Skipping in the 'No Standing' zone" Peter Gresser

"Claus" The Dirty Moogs

"Rolands Vegners" Ergo Phizmiz and Margita Zalite

 


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Episode 47 Real talk about full time RVing and why we chose to bail

It's been months since I've dedicated time to regular podcast episodes but, like the post-apocalyptic cockroach, LivingVertical lives on to keep on pushing forward an empowered view of life with diabetes. I've been thinking and blogging about the recent choice to bail on full time RVing--it's been a long and complex journey--certainly not a simple decision. I'm really keen to get back into episodes that will unpack my upcoming project to climb El Capitan in 2017 and answer YOUR questions but it seems appropriate to bridge the gap a little bit and connect from where we left off in 2015.

In this episode we cover all the ground on our journey out and back across the USA--from eager anticipation of life on the road to being completely over it and ready to admit defeat. Hey, it happens. All told, I don't have regrets--because the value of the investment is not only in immediate enjoyment of the experience. As we learned several times over the last year, sometimes you don't see the benefit until after the fact.

I'll be patiently waiting and training for El Cap in the meantime.

Speaking of questions...please feel free to send questions my way by emailing steve@livingvertical.org

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changing the story of diabetes

The most important story (is the one we tell ourselves)

We all tell ourselves a story. This story is how we set our limits and possibilities--and the ironic thing is that most of us, most of the time--don't even realize that it's happening. We can't control the obstacles in our path--but we control the story that we tell ourselves ABOUT those obstacles.

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What happened on Bugaboo Spire?

What happened on Bugaboo Spire? Low blood sugar, threatening weather and tricky routefinding on the descent made for a very full-value adventure--and that's going to be the topic of a short film I'm now working on but in this episode I wanted to give some of the broad strokes and show some of the photos--because I'm pretty excited to share and I don't want to wait until the video is edited! Of course if you're listening to the audio you will want to check out the video version of this episode on our YouTube channel--of course there will be blog posts about this too with plenty of images so make sure to subscribe to our email list to avoid missing out on all of the media.

This experience changed my view of my possibilities and that's partly why I am so excited about it. I feel as though enduring a harder and more fearful ascent than I wanted to showed me just how much remains to be explored beyond my comfort zone. Bugaboo Spire certainly isn't a hard climb from a technical standpoint but it tested me in ways I couldn't have anticipated.

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Type 1 diabetes and the ketogenic diet: what I DON'T like about the keto diet

I'm releasing the Type 1 Diabetes and the Ketogenic Diet series here on the AdventureRx podcast. The videos are available on our YouTube channel (youtube.com/livingvertical) where you can find the series as a playlist. It may be useful to download the free ebook from our shop that loosely parallels this discussion of type 1 diabetes and the ketogenic diet.

If you'd like to support the work LivingVertical is doing to empower life with type 1 diabetes, you can become a Patron and get awesome perks like early access to our films, free ebooks, photo prints and the AdventureRx PRINT Journal!

Music for the AdventureRx Podcast:

-The Music In My Headphones by Telepathic Teddy Bear is licensed under a Attribution License. http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Tel...

-A Minha Embala by A Minha Embala (Aline Frazão e César Herranz) is licensed under a Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike License. http://freemusicarchive.org/music/A_M...


Type 1 diabetes and the ketogenic diet: how I handle low blood sugar

I'm releasing the Type 1 Diabetes and the Ketogenic Diet series here on the AdventureRx podcast. The videos are available on our YouTube channel (youtube.com/livingvertical) where you can find the series as a playlist. It may be useful to download the free ebook from our shop that loosely parallels this discussion of type 1 diabetes and the ketogenic diet.

If you'd like to support the work LivingVertical is doing to empower life with type 1 diabetes, you can become a Patron and get awesome perks like early access to our films, free ebooks, photo prints and the AdventureRx PRINT Journal!

Music for the AdventureRx Podcast:

-The Music In My Headphones by Telepathic Teddy Bear is licensed under a Attribution License. http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Tel...

-A Minha Embala by A Minha Embala (Aline Frazão e César Herranz) is licensed under a Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike License. http://freemusicarchive.org/music/A_M...


Type 1 diabetes and the ketogenic diet: what I actually eat

I'm releasing the Type 1 Diabetes and the Ketogenic Diet series here on the AdventureRx podcast. The videos are available on our YouTube channel (youtube.com/livingvertical) where you can find the series as a playlist. It may be useful to download the free ebook from our shop that loosely parallels this discussion of type 1 diabetes and the ketogenic diet.

If you'd like to support the work LivingVertical is doing to empower life with type 1 diabetes, you can become a Patron and get awesome perks like early access to our films, free ebooks, photo prints and the AdventureRx PRINT Journal!

Music for the AdventureRx Podcast:

-The Music In My Headphones by Telepathic Teddy Bear is licensed under a Attribution License. http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Tel...

-A Minha Embala by A Minha Embala (Aline Frazão e César Herranz) is licensed under a Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike License. http://freemusicarchive.org/music/A_M...