Melissa McCarthy’s Amazing Weight Loss

May 29, 2015 by


Superstar Melissa McCarthy was  proudly showing off her more toned and slimmed down figure at the premiere of her new movie, Spy. She has lost over 50 pounds this past year!

Melissa said that she lost the weight in order to set a good example for her kids and live a healthier lifestyle. She doesn’t care what other people think about her before and after photos, which she reiterated in this month’s More magazine.

“I have caught my reflection and thought, ‘Oof. That girl is struggling. That girl is tired,’” McCarthy told the magazine. “I’ve had mornings where I’m like, ‘Oh God, I have weird hair. I look like Fraggle Rock.’ [But] who cares if my eyes are puffy because I ate 44 almonds last night? Or my legs are short? To my core, I don’t care … I’ve let go of that quest for perfection.”

The actress also told Good Housekeeping magazine that she credited a lot of her weight loss to Pilates.

“Sometimes I wish I were just magically a size 6 and I never had to give [my weight] a single thought,” she said. “[But] I don’t beat myself up about it—it wouldn’t help and I don’t want to pass that on to my girls.”

But even after her weight loss, Melissa McCarthy knows it’s hard for plus-size women to feel good about themselves. That’s why she’s started a clothing line for females of all sizes. She hopes it will allow plus-size individuals to shop in regular department stores instead of having to go to separate shops.

“People don’t stop at size 12,” McCarthy continued. “I feel like there’s a big thing missing where you can’t dress to your mood above a certain number. [Malls] segregate plus-size. It’s an odd thing that you can’t go shopping with your friends because your store is upstairs hidden by the tire section. We’ll put you gals over there because we don’t want to see you and you probably don’t want to be seen.’”

Melissa McCarthy’s fashion line which launches in August features a range of sizes, from 4 up to 28. Everything will be priced between $59 and $159, and the clothes won’t feature the typical stereotypes.

“There is just this weird thing about how we perceive women in this country,” she said. “I would love to be a part of breaking that down. Only wear solids? Don’t wear bright colors? That’s not real. Somebody made up these rules, and I disagree.”

In her upcoming summer flick, Spy, Melissa plays, Susan Cooper a CIA analyst. She stars alongside, Jason StathamRose Byrne and Jude Law, as she gets sent on the company’s most dangerous missions that go hilariously horrible!

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Meet Plus Size Supermodel, Tess Holliday

May 28, 2015 by


Tess Holliday is being celebrated for her success as a size 22 supermodel.

Not only is she gorgeous, but at 5-feet-5, 280 pounds and a size 22, she looks a great deal more like most real women than other supermodels.

Recently Tess captured headlines when she became the first model of her stature to sign with a major modeling agency — made the cover of People magazine with the headline “The World’s First Size 22 Supermodel!”

Holliday, 29, broke all conventional model parameters when she was signed by MiLK Management in London. After racking up 903,000 Facebook fans and more than 724,000 Instagram followers, she has since fronted campaigns for retailers Torrid and Yours. Plus, she found love!

In 2012, her then-future husband Nick Holliday approached her on Tumblr. He sent her a message saying how much he loves the way she “inspires other women.”

“I just remember thinking how cute he was, so we started talking and it quickly turned into a relationship,” Holliday told People. For her husband-to-be, it was her personal message that “everyone is beautiful, no matter their size” that attracted him to her. He was also bowled over by the beauty of her classic face. “She has an old Hollywood face, and I think that’s something that’s quite rare now, and something that I was taken by,” he told the magazine.

The Australian publicist came to see Holliday in Los Angeles after nine months of talking online to her. When he arrived, Holliday knew he was her Mr. Right and that she would marry him. She was happy that he appreciated her in a way like “no one else had.” “I think being a feminist himself, he understood what it was like to really appreciate a woman’s body — not in a sexual way, but in that every person is beautiful the way that they are,” she added.

The model, whose real name is Tess Munster, began using “Holliday” as her last name professionally since January this year. Her husband has now moved to Los Angeles to stay with her permanently and also handles her work as a manager. Holliday is also a proud momma to 9-year-old son Rylee, who has also bonded well with her husband.

Tess is one of a number of plus-size models — including Crystal Renn and Jennie Runk — who have made headlines by proving that bigger is beautiful, since Emme first made plus-size modelling a “thing” back in the 1990s.

But an industry insider tells us that she is just a “spectacle” that will fall out of fashion as quickly as most seasonal trends.

Meanwhile, other retailers, like online fashion store Boohoo, are hailing plus-size models for boosting revenue. Boohoo said in a trading update in May that plus-size fashion blogger Nadia Aboulhosn, 26, helped grow its larger size range’s revenue by 27% in 2014.

However, there are still a lot of misconceptions about plus size modeling. For one, most people think it’s all about encouraging women to be “fat,” and that it has nothing to do with a positive body image or being healthy.

Women interested in plus-size modeling should love themselves for who they are, love the curves, the cellulite and the jiggle, and even though it’s not easy to hear a client muttering about it as a negative aspect on a casting, you have to take it on the chin and just move on.

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Don’t Miss Tonight’s Diabetes Twitter Chat

May 27, 2015 by


The summer is finally upon us and that means beach, cookouts, and bare feet!

When is the last time you looked at your feet? Are they summer ready? Join @MrDivabetic to get your feet #summersavvy for Diabetes Influencers Twitter Chat tonight, Tuesday May 27, 2015 at 8 PM, EST.

Did you know that fungus is easy to pick up in the summer, especially around moist environments like pools or hot tubs? Make  sure to keep your feet covered in close toed sandals when walking around these areas.

If you have Athlete’s foot, over-the-counter antifungal medications are generally successful. Nail fungus, though, is typically more difficult to treat and often will require prescription medication to recover completely.

And don’t forget that skin cancer can affect the feet too. Put your best foot forward this summer and apply sunscreen to your feet.  If  there are any suspicious or dark spots on your feet – on your skin or underneath the nails – see a doctor to get them checked out.

Flip flops, dirty pool surfaces and beaches covered in broken shells can be hazardous for people with diabetes. Learn how to keep your feet happy and healthy this summer on tonight’s Diabetes Influencers’s Twitter Chat co-hosted by Mr. Divabetic.  The happy healthcare host, will be joined by some  Diabetes Influencers, including Dr. Lori Shemek, Lauren Pincus, and Eugene Kaganovich. 

Plus, you can win a complimentary Gift Basket of Dr. Greenfield’s Diabetes Foot Creams during #DiabetesChat w/ @DiabetesINFL @MrDivabetic 5/27 8pm, EST.

Ask @MrDivabetic about #wellnesswithawow and #savvysummerfeet
#DiabetesChat 5/27 8pmEST

Follow @DiabetesINFL @LoriShemek @MrDivabetic @LaurenPincusRD@EKonenote for #DiabetesChat 5/27 8pmET #bestfootforward


Can A Vegan Diet Relieve Nerve Pain?

May 26, 2015 by

Vegetable-SandwichSwitching to a vegan diet may relieve the searing nerve pain of neuropathy for people with diabetes according to a recent small pilot study.

More than half of adults with Type 2 diabetes may develop diabetic neuropathy, a type of nerve damage resulting from poor blood circulation and high levels of glucose in the blood, previous studies have shown. Diabetic neuropathy can lead to ulcers and other infections on the legs and feet, and is the primary cause of limb amputation for people with diabetes.

There’s no cure for diabetic neuropathy; doctors usually treat the pain with medication and advise the patient to remain vigilant about cleaning wounds to prevent infections.

They also had that didn’t differ at the end of the study, possibly because of similar medication changes, she said.

Those on the vegan diet had significant improvements in HbA1c  and in their neuropathy symptoms.

Trapp added that she doesn’t use the word “vegan” to describe the diet to patients because it’s a loaded word: “some people don’t like it. It’s an immediate turn-off.” Instead, she calls it a “plant-based” diet, and patients appear to be more open to it.

LISTEN NOW: Diabetes Late Nite podcast with Poet Lorraine Brooks, the Charlie’s Angels of Outreach, Mama Rose Marie and Sherry from Loas Angeles. Hosted by Mr. Divabetic and featuring music from the EMPIRE Soundtrack.

Author Pamela Elaine Nichols Speaks At Mothers and Daughters Tea

May 22, 2015 by


Motivational Speaker and Author, Pamela Elaine Nichols will be joining us at  Divabetic’s upcoming Mothers & Daughters Tea free diabetes outreach event at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia, PA on Saturday, May 30, 2015, 11 AM.

Motivational Speaker and Author, Pamela Elaine Nichols will share with participants how she has become a much happier woman, mother and friend by confronting the painful truths and dealing with the issues in her life that were holding her back. In her new book, ”Muddy High Heels: 14 Lessons Learned From My Breakdown, Breakup and Breakthrough Pamela Elaine Nichols helps readers discover what’s holding them back from the joy, freedom and self-confidence that they desire.

Divabetic’s dazzling brand of diabetes outreach mixes diabetes education with beauty and fashion advice to make diabetes education less clinical and more appealing. Special guests, Image & Style Expert, Catherine Schuller AICI CIP and Beauty Expert Yago Jones. 

Our approach aims to help boost our Divabetic Club members’ confidence in their ability to manage their daily diabetes self-care.

Is diabetes in your family tree ? Max ‘Mr. Divabetic’ Szadek and Neva White  DNP, CRNP, BC, CDE, present an interactive discussion about genetics of diabetes.

This free program is supported by the American Diabetes Association (Philadelphia, PA Chapter), Thomas Jefferson University Hospital and Divabetic.

Saturday, May 30, 2015, 11 AM – 1PM 

Hamilton Building

1001 Locust Street

Philadelphia PA 19107

Free Admission

Register Now: 1-800-JEFF-NOW

LISTEN NOW: Diabetes Late Nite podcast with Poet Lorraine Brooks, the Charlie’s Angels of Outreach, Mama Rose Marie and Sherry from Loas Angeles. Hosted by Mr. Divabetic and featuring music from the EMPIRE Soundtrack.

Sweetness in Song Poem by Lorraine Brooks

May 21, 2015 by
Diabetes Late Nite

Diabetes Late Nite

May’s Diabetes Late Nite podcast features music from the EMPIRE Soundtrack courtesy of Sony Music.

Mr. Divabetic talks to his guest, Dr. Beverly S. Adler PhD, CDE about how many people use ‘bargaining’ as a way to cope with living with diabetes.

When you’re in a bargaining mood, you may make a deal with God or our higher power in an attempt to postpone the inevitable. However, this isn’t really a solution for managing your diabetes health.

In my opinion, if you’re using ‘bargaining’ as a tool for dealing with your diabetes then you’re actually in denial. Simply put, you’re avoiding the truth. The best way to help yourself to stay healthy is to take charge of your diabetes, stayed informed and surround yourself with support.  It might be difficult to deal with the self-care issue at first but denying you have diabetes and/or that you’re dealing with a problem can actually lead you to much bigger problems down the road.

You can do it. We believe in YOU!

Need some sweet inspiration? Enjoy Poet Lorraine Brooks’ newest poem, ‘SWEETNESS IN SONG’ written specifically for Diabetes Late Nite:

Sweet is a word

Sweet is a thought.

How sweet it is.

And sweet it ought.

You are so sweet.

You treat me good.

How sweet of you.

It’s understood.

It’s sweet we want.

And sweet we crave.

And sometimes sweet’s

How we behave.

The sweets we eat.

The sweets we drink.

The sweets we use.

When we’re in sync.

But sometimes sweets

Can change, you see.

And put our health

In jeopardy.

We sing of sweet

And sweet desires.

We dream of love

That sweet inspires.

But health comes first

And so it should.

And sometimes sweets

Don’t do us good.

To those who sing

Their sweet, sweet songs,

To those to whom

Our hearts belong

Keep singing and

Keep shining bright

And your sweet songs

The earth will light.

And most of all

To Luther dear

We miss that voice

We long to hear.

Your sweetness lives

Until we meet

We’ll always hear

Your voice, so sweet.

LISTEN NOW: Diabetes Late Nite podcast featuring music by EMPIRE Soundtrack

Buy, Borrow or Burn! Fashion Game At Billboard Music Awards

May 20, 2015 by


GLAM MORE, FEAR LESS: Music award shows always bring out the best and the worst in celebrity fashion trends and at the Billboard Music Awards 2015 in Las Vegas were no exception.

The best by far was Taylor Swift who looked white hot in a sexy, white cutout jumpsuit. She was actually one of many members of Olivier Rousteing‘s “Balmain Army” that night — Kendall Jenner, Jourdan Dunn, Chrissy Teigen and Lily Aldridge all wore pieces by the French brand, which used the event as a platform to announce its upcoming collaboration with H&M.

Rita Ora hit the carpet in one of the most provocative and unfortunate looks of the evening, a white Fausto Puglisi gown with gold hardware (which she accessorized with Jennifer Fisher jewels). And not only did the design feature a completely cutout stomach, it also had crazy slits and back cutouts for maximum exposure at every angle.

Ora revealed that she had to skip underwear altogether to pull off the look.

“I didn’t really think that far ahead, so I’m just going to have to pray to the Lord that we’re going to be okay,” she told E!’s Giuliana Rancic on the red carpet, adding, “I’m going to keep my legs crossed. You need to take risks, and I think me being a crazy, fashion lover, I needed to do something. It’s good, though. I like it. I like taking a few risks once in a while.”

Trailing right behind Rita in the ‘no skin, no win’ gown department, Jennifer Lopez gave fans a peek of what kind of style they can expect from her upcoming Vegas residency. Did she raid Cher’s closet from the 70’s? Her glittering sheer-stomach Charbel Zoe couture gown, a look very similar to the see-through sequin stunner she wore to perform on the American Idol finale seemed to be missing only a stripper pole to complete the look.

She was caught throwing a ton of shade at Mariah Carey too! She’s seen in a video burying her head in her smartphone while Mariah was hitting high notes onstage singing “Infinity.”  Ouch!

Why not play Buy, Borrow or Burn! Fashion Game with 3 red carpet looks from the Billboard Music Awards 2015?  To play the game, you must decide which celebrity dresses you would BUY (for yourself), which ones you would let a friend (BORROW) and which ones you would BURN with a torch!

LISTEN NOW: Buy, Borrow or Burn! Fashion Show podcast

Who Says Being ‘Diabetic’ Has to Be Boring? (Spicy Eggplant Casserole Recipe)

May 19, 2015 by
Spicy Eggplant Casserole Recipe

Spicy Eggplant Casserole Recipe

May’s Diabetes Late Nie podcast features an incredibly inspirational story about a sassy ‘Divabetic’ named Sherry who overcame a partial foot amputation to take charge of her diabetes health.

Sherry says, “loving life and living it to the fullest is my motto.” She encourages everyone to wake up each day and live it on purpose!

Sherry’s now on a path to improving her health and she hopes to inspire others in our community to ‘Don’t get down, get DIVA’ about coping with diabetes.

Here’s Sherry’s blog post describing how her health setback jumpstarted her determination to live well with diabetes and her original recipe for eggplant that’s sure to be a crowd pleaser with your family.

“Hi, my name is Sherry and I am a ‘Divabetic’! In 2013, I was blessed to have a partial amputation of my right foot.  Yes, you read that right –  I said, ‘I feel blessed!’ My amputation changed my life,”said Sherry. “It save my life! I was forced to consider death and many other things. I chose life and to live it with greater personal purpose, grace, and love! Being positive as well as understanding with everyone and everything is something that I took very much for granted before my situation.”

“I have many passions in life but cooking and eating well are at the top of the list,” she adds. “Every time  healthcare professionals tell you about your diet as a diabetic it seems so boring. One of the things that I do to make food more exciting for me is that I try new recipes. I adapt some of my favorite old recipes to make them healthier. I just play around with flavors and spices. My family, most of whom are not diabetic, end up enjoying the recipes too.”

Pictured above is a recipe that Sherry made earlier this week: Sherry’s Sassy Spicy Eggplant Casserole Recipe


1 large Eggplant, washed and cut in 1/2 inch circles, or chopped if you like that better
1 1/2 cups panko bread crumbs
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 eggs beaten
2 Serrano chilis diced , seeds in if you like it spicy, if not take seeds out before dicing
1 Cup slice mushrooms
1 cup chopped cilantroup
1 Cup diced green onions
2 cups baby spinach washed and dried
4 cloves garlic diced or crushed
2 small red potato, wash and dice
1 can Rotela diced  tomatoes with green chillis
1 small can sliced black olives
☆You can add chicken if you like 1 cup diced
1/2 Cup low fat cheese, whatever you like I like spicy Mexican
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1tablespoon Mrs Dash salt free Chipotle seasoning
1 tablespoon dried basil
Sea salt to taste
Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Cut eggplant and dip in egg and cover with
panko bread crumbs on each side
Brown eggplant on each side
Saute vegetables and seasoning at medium high 10 minutes to blend flavors (you don’t want them to soften too much) because remember that you’re also going to bake them. You can also add chicken to the saute. Place eggplant circles in a medium casserole dish and gently pour the sauteed mixture over the eggplant. Stir slightly. Sprinkle cheese and sliced olives over the top and bake for 25 minutes or until cheese is melted and slightly brown. Enjoy!

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Getting to Know Your Body Podcast in June

May 18, 2015 by


Getting to know your body and understanding the way your body changes as you age can help you improve the way you manage your diabetes.

Mr. Divabetic helps you boost your confidence in managing your diabetes with a unique series of podcasts aimed at helping you to understand your body through the different stages of life.

“Most people get vey upset when they’re diagnosed with diabetes because they feel like their body let them down,”says Mr. Divabetic. “But few people really understand how their body works. I think taking a step back and learning about your body can help improve the way you deal with it.”

On Tuesday, June 2, 6 PM, EST  Mr. Divabetic discusses the signs, symptoms and diabetes health-related issues of Menopause with special guest, Dr. Andrea Chisholm.

Menopause happens naturally with age. But it can also happen as a result of surgery, treatment of a disease, or illness. In these cases it is called induced menopause or premature ovarian failure.

When menopause happens naturally, it tends to happen on average at the age of 51. But for some women it can happen before age 40. this is called premature menopause. The age when women enter menopause is thought to be mostly determined by their genes.

Andrea Chisholm, M.D. is a Board Certified Obstetrician and Gynecologist practicing in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Dr. Chisholm graduated from Hunter College-CUNY (1991) and Boston University School of Medicine (1995). She completed her OB/GYN residency at St. Luke’s Roosevelt Hospital in New York City (1999). Dr. Chisholm has been providing general gynecologic and obstetrical care to a diverse population of women over the last sixteen years.

Callers welcome! Studio line: (347) 215-8551

LISTEN NOW: Diabetes Late Nite with music from the EMPIRE Soundtrack

Mr. Divabetic Wears the Red Ribbon

May 17, 2015 by


Today I’m gladly putting on my favorite ‘Divabetic’ t-shirt, adding a red ribbon and participating in the AIDS WALK in New York.

I came out during the AIDS crisis. It was a scary time to be gay. People were afraid of you. They thought they might catch AIDS by drinking out of the same glass, hugging and/or being in the same room with you.

I dealt with ‘survivor’ guilt for a long time. So many of my close friends and acquaintances including my roommate, Dave Tyree died as I  was struggling to figure out my sexuality.  In order to cope with what was happening in my life, I put a lot distance between me and the biggest tragedy in my life. I didn’t talk about it and I didn’t participate in any AIDS events and/or outreach. Looking back, I guess it was a defense mechanism. I’m not proud of what I did – actually I feel ashamed.

Many young gay men and women who I know today don’t know anything about HIV/AIDS. That’s not their fault, it’s mine. It’s my role as a ‘survivor’ to talk about my experience and help empower others to stay healthy.

Today AIDS is no longer considered a ‘gay disease.’  It affects everyone including people with diabetes.

Did you know that HIV treatments may raise your risk of developing diabetes? If you have diabetes, HIV treatments may also make it harder for you to manage blood sugars.

If you are pregnant and treating HIV, you should be screened for gestational diabetes at 24 to 28 weeks’ gestation.

If you have diabetes and start taking some HIV medications, you may need to check your blood glucose levels more often and your doctor may add more diabetes medications to help control your blood glucose levels.

People taking metformin plus certain HIV treatments may be at higher risk of lactic acidosis. If you have liver or kidney problems, or you binge drink or drink a lot of alcohol regularly, you are also at higher risk of lactic acidosis. Discuss your medications, alcohol habits, and general health with your doctor.

And if you’re thinking that my new found passion for AIDS activism might mean that I’m turning my back on diabetes outreach – don’t worry! I will be presenting ‘Divabetic’s Mothers & Daughters’ Tea at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia, PA on Saturday, May 30, 11 AM. It’s going to be a glitzy, glam extravaganza! Free Admission. Call 1-800-JEFF- NOW to register.

LISTEN NOW: Diabetes Late Nite with music from the EMPIRE Soundtrack


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