The entire weekend was packed with sessions back-to-back and I wish I could have attended them all. Since I only had time to attend a limited amount, I chose to go to the more nutrition-focused ones, as that is my career of interest. As many of you I’m sure are aware, the ketogenic diet is growing in popularity throughout the diabetes atmosphere and that was the focus of many of the sessions I attended as I find it very fascinating. I thought it was so interesting hearing different dietitians state their various opinions on the diet and whether they thought it was a safe and helpful approach to diabetes management or not. It really depended on who was speaking at each session, because some people are ‘all in keto,’ while others are strongly against it. I enjoyed hearing both sides so that at the end of the weekend I could look at my notes and decide how I felt about the diet. My favorite session of the weekend was Adam Brown’s, where he discussed the details of his book, “Bright Spots and Landmines,” which I am currently in the process of reading. Adam was so relatable when he spoke and everything he said I found myself thinking, “How different would my diabetes management be if I had read this book when I was first diagnosed?”. He seemed to have a lot of good ideas and was able to explain them in nonmedical terms, which I thought was very cool as more people will be able to understand and relate to it! Overall, I cannot say I attended a session that I didn’t like or didn’t find interesting. I am forever grateful for this experience that CDN provided me with and I cannot wait to see what other opportunities CDN will pave the way for in my future!
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