Sparkles and Turds


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The night I finished reading Adam Brown’s book Bright Spots and Landmines, I dreamed I gesticulated with my copy as I confronted a dietitian: How can you continue to tell people with diabetes to eat so much carbohydrate? In the dream, the dietitian beat me up. This seemed like a clear win. For me. Because although I had been kicked in the face and was bleeding from my teeth, she was panicking. She knew the jig was up.


There is an adorable baby Shnauzer in this book.

This is a great book. You know what I think my favorite part is? The whole thing, because there is ZERO diabetes is so scary and unfair but there’s a hero [and/or warrior] inside of you, and you will thrive! and A MILLION this is an actual small thing you can do that might improve your quality of life. Also it has lots of Dexcom screenshots, illustrating what happened to Adam’s BG after different doses and activities and foods. I love that stuff. I also like that he recommends, throughout the book, things I already believe I/we ought to do: meditation, cooking at home, chia puddings, spending time with a dog, and zero stupid things like foot lotions.


SPOILER ALERT: cheese, sour cream, and taco-seasoned beef are not recommended in the book as salad toppings.

Sadly, Adam does not recommend leaning on Diet Coke, cheese, Jell-o jigglers, sugarless bubblegum, or bacon. This makes living like Adam extraordinarily unappealing to me. He’s too good. His naughtiest thing is eating sushi, but he un-naughties it by doing it in a thoughtful and controlled manner, and infrequently. Throughout the book, he mentions his “landmines,” but they’re things I didn’t even ever bother to think of as bad, like eating too many sunflower seeds. I kept wishing for a landmine like cocaine or m&m’s. On the other hand, Adam is not recommending we transform ourselves into Adams. The tone throughout the book is, “How about you try this thing that worked for me, and see how you feel?” not, “Let me inspire you to be more like me.” I love that!

Back to the sunflower seeds. Adam mentions hunting for bargain sunflower seeds, although he is arguably diabetes’s most valuable player. Especially after the publication of this book, how can he not be an automatic billionaire? It could be because he is giving this book away for free. I got a hard copy of the book (why is it only $7?), so I could leave it flopped open on a table in my house where my kids might peruse it. Everyone with diabetes can benefit from reading this book, and I hope it will influence everyone in my family to try things, and think about them, and notice how they feel.