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Arden's Day Blog

Arden's Day is a type I diabetes care giver blog written by author Scott Benner. Scott has been a stay-at-home dad since 2000, he is the author of the award winning parenting memoir, 'Life Is Short, Laundry Is Eternal'. Arden's Day is an honest and transparent look at life with diabetes - since 2007.

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ESPN Commentator Speaks Ignorantly about Diabetes

Scott Benner

ESPN commentator Stephan A. Smith apparently doesn't like Chicago Bears quarterback and person with type 1 diabetes, Jay Cutler

I'm not a guy who watches ESPN 24/7 but I do know that Stephen A. Smith has been in the center of more than a few controversies - probably by design. Normally we'd want to ignore people who say inflammatory sh*t just to get noticed but in this situation... maybe Stephen needs to hear from the diabetes community.

At some point in this clip Mr. Smith will say - speaking about Cutler - something to the effect of...

And I understand... they'll be people out there that say type 2 diabetes... the way I look at it we live in an advanced society where there is medicine everywhere to help you out.

Now I don't care if Jay Cutler is a good quarterback, nor do I expect for everyone to be a diabetes expert. But we should not allow someone with a platform like this to flippantly dismiss diabetes as if it were something that you take an Advil to clear up. Shouldn't we expect at the very minimum that if an ESPN employee is going to dismiss a serious diseases and the person who has it... Shouldn't that callous idiot at the very least, make sure that they are maligning the disease that the person actually has? I mean how difficult is it to find out that Jay Cutler has type 1 diabetes? 

Stephen A. Smith should get himself educated, publicly set the record straight, and apologize on ESPN First Take where he made his ridiculous remarks. As for ESPN, maybe they should choose more carefully who they allow to speak on their behalf.

If you watch the video please start at the 4 minute mark. You do not want to suffer this blowhard for any longer than need be...

I'm just going to leave these links here along with a hashtag...

Stephen A. Smith - Twitter
ESPN - Twitter -  Facebook 
PN First Take - Twitter - Facebook


Recipe: No (Well, much less) Spike White Bread

Scott Benner

The world seems to be telling us not to eat bread, but bread tastes good!

The problem is that most bread that we buy is filled with preservatives, additives and other 'ives' that aren't good for us and only exist to extend product shelf life. They also seem to spike Arden's BG like theres no tomorrow. So I started making my own bread. No high fructose corn syrup, calcium stearoyl-2, lactylate or diglycerides (whatever the hell those are). 

I'm not telling you that you can eat a loaf of this bread without a blip on your CGM graph but it does make a sandwich or dinner side much more manageable. Here's the best recipe that I've found, it requires a bread machine. Also you'll notice that the flour is weighed, this is a totally necessary step to get a consistent loaf. 

Bread Machine White Bread

From King Arthur Flour dot com

for large (1 1/2 to 2-pound) machine

  • 1 cup lukewarm water
  • 1/3 cup lukewarm milk
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons active dry yeast
  • 480 Grams of bread flour, I use King Arthur
  • 1 tablespoon of vital wheat gluten

directions from King Arthur

  1. Put all of the ingredients into your machine in the order recommended by the manufacturer. 
  2. Program the machine for basic white bread, and press Start.
  3. When the loaf is done, remove the pan from the machine. After about 5 minutes, gently shake the pan to dislodge the loaf, and turn it out onto a rack to cool.

directions from scott

  1. Add in this order. Water (just warm enough that it can warm the milk) - milk - sugar - salt - butter (cut into a few pieces) - flour (mounded high enough to keep the yeast from touching the liquid) - gluten - make a nest in the flour for the yeast. 
  2. Basic white bread setting, light crust.
  3. When the loaf is done, remove the pan from the machine. After about 5 minutes, gently shake the pan to dislodge the loaf, and turn it out onto a rack to cool.
  4. Have a piece warm with butter, because bread tastes good!

I've included an Amazon associate link to the bread machine that I bought. It is expensive compared to many others but its a workhorse and making bread in a machine is more difficult than you would initially think, this machine makes the process a snap. Many machines don't do a good job, this on does.

In the end, cooking with simple natural ingredients helps managing diabetes and in everyday health. There's no real secret here. We also have a lot of luck with this pancake recipe. Good luck with those spikes and don't forget to pre-bolus!

VIDEO: Nick Jonas/Crossfit Diabetes War featured on Good Morning America

Scott Benner

Ignorant Crossfit CEO and his stupidity is still making news...

Crossfit CEO Greg Glassman recently tweeted, "Make sure you pour some out for your dead homies. _ Greg Glassman #CrossFit #Sugarkills @CrossFitCEO". The tweet was accompanied by an image depicting a Coca Cola bottle that included the words open diabetes.

The diabetes community, including Nick Jonas, fired back at Crossfit and it's CEO and today the folks at Good Morning America picked up on the story and aired this piece.

See what readers of my book Life Is Short, Laundry Is Eternal have to say...

It was an easy read with several funny laugh-out-loud moments. Yet, beyond the funny antics throughout the book relating to life, marriage, and raising children it is a reminder that life will undoubtedly fail to go as you plan it. It’s what we learn from our struggles that ultimately help us become more understanding, compassionate, and remind us to embrace life and loved ones. Erin, Amazon review