Divabetic was inspired by the late R&B legend Luther Vandross,
founded in 2005 by his long-time assistant, Max “Mr. Divabetic” Szadek. Divabetic, a combination of the word “diabetic” with the letter “V” inserted for Vandross, evokes feelings of power and a positive attitude associated with the great divas Luther loved, like Patti LaBelle.
started Divabetic in 2003. I sold my first Divabetic t-shirt and donated the proceeds to different diabetes nonprofits until Divabetic became a nonprofit in 2005.
I'll be promoting Divabetic's latest mystery podcast, "Tomorrow Is Not On The Menu" available for free on iTunes, BlogTalkRadio and Spotify. This show focuses on sugar addiction and the added sugar in our diets and dispels the myth that weight loss is the be-all and end-all to achieving better diabetes management.
Brief Synopsis: The happy healthcare host, Mr. Divabetic, lands his to-die-for job as a caterer for the nation's hottest health guru, Wendy Wattage's Wellness Retreat on the Jersey Shore. Everything seems low pressure and low calorie until the body of the nasty food critic, Marilyn Macaroni, is found stabbed to death with one of Max's new chef knives. Now he's the prime suspect in a big, fat murder investigation! Can he and his team of friends, diabetes educators, and his nosey Italian mother, Mama Rose Marie, find the killer before the police arrive? Or will he be trading his fruit suit for coveralls with stripes? Weight loss murder never tasted so good.
Starring Mr. Divabetic, Best-Selling Author Tonya Kappes, Mama Rose Marie, Patricia Addie-Gentle RN, CDCES, Maryann Horst Nicolay MEd, NTDR, Kathie Dolgin aka 'High Voltage,' Seveda Williams, Catherine Schuller, Dave Jones, and Lorraine Brooks. Produced by Leisa Chester Weir. Special thanks to our colleague, the multi-talented Wendy Radford.
Blog Talk link: https://www.blogtalkradio.com/divatalkradio1/2023/01/16/divabetic-mysteries-tomorrow-is-not-on-the-menu-part-8
Divabetic Mystery Podcast's goals are:
- Encourage people with diabetes to problem-solve issues related to their self-care like their favorite TV detectives
- (write things down, search for clues and share information with your healthcare collaborators and ask questions)
- Manage diabetes as a team rather than go it alone
- Make learning about diabetes fun and interesting
This year, Divabetic is talking about re-framing the way we look at 'mistakes" as "discoveries" rather than "regrets." Our first podcast, of the year, features guest Rachel Zinman, a yoga instructor and author living with LADA. Rachel shares a Guided Meditation about Compassion. It's our 6th consecutive year of partnering with Rachel at the start of the New Year to encourage listeners to reset with a fresh, clear mindset about managing their diabetes.
Eataly...Maxs happy place