By Laura Medina
At his fundraising cocktail party at the fresh and haute Avenue Nightclub in revitalized corner of Cahuenga Boulevard and Selma Avenue, Nick Jonas described the first time he discovered he was Type 1 Diabetic. He was on a date.
That awkward moment didn't stop him from succeeding nor having a life.
Honestly...Nick Jonas, "I just came here for some food and drinks."
With fellow Type 1 diabetic and Bravo's Top Chef, Sam Talbot, they founded Beyond Type 1 https://beyondtype1.org/, a philanthropy. Together with Juliet de Baubigny and Sarah Lucas leveraging the power of social media and technology, changing what it means to live with Type 1 diabetes. By educating the global community about this chronic, autoimmune disease, as well as providing resources and support for those living with Type 1, Beyond Type 1 bridges the gap from diagnosis to cure, empowering people to both live well today and to fund a better tomorrow. 100% of every dollar raised directly supports the most promising global efforts and programs working to educate, advocate and cure Type 1 diabetes, https://beyondtype1.org/about-beyond-type-1/
Using Hollywood might and power, a scattering of haute and hot diabetics and Young Hollywood, this is literally an injection of fresh blood in the fight against diabetes and finding a cure for it while absolutely what diabetes is and what diabetes is not.
This literally goes "beyond" one type of diabetes. They list and describe various forms of diabetes. Nick, Sam, and you...y'all aren't alone.
What Type 1 Diabetes is not:
A lifestyle disease
Something you outgrow
Caused by sugar
Type 1 Diabetes is:
Type 1 diabetes is a chronic, autoimmune condition that occurs when the body’s own immune system attacks the insulin-producing beta cells of the pancreas. This attack leaves the pancreas with little or no ability to produce insulin, a hormone that regulates blood sugar. Without insulin, sugar stays in the blood and can cause serious damage to organ systems, causing people to experience Diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA).
Insulin dependency for life.
Diagnosed at any age
Threatens devasting complications
Meticulous planning to avoid life-threatening situations.
Throwing his $10 Million hat in for autoimmune type 1 diabetes race to the cure, Napster founder, file-sharing pioneer, and Facebook's "sugar daddy," Sean Parker was among the A-List guests showing their support to people with diabetes and other autoimmune diseases.
Those diabetic celebrities used their power of influence to attract A-Listers to the cause....
Roc-A-Fella Records and Rocawear founder, Damon Dash showed his support behind the cause.
Even the legendary brand and design, Gela Nash-Taylor of Juicy Couture and "Pam and Gela," added more "glam slam."
Since Nick came here for the food and Sam is a chef, this glam slam, over the top, crème de la cream cocktail party offers plenty of diabetic-friendly snacks and hors d'oeuvre.
Portion-control chicken meatballs, white pizza, filet mignon slices on toast, sashimi, and Prosciutto-wrapped asparagus, guzzled with fun, fizzy Hint Fizz Water and still Hint Water and Kim Crawford Wines.
Yes, diabetics have lives.
Spring Spritzer Cocktail= Hint Peach Fizz + Kim Crawford Rose
They also eat fancy, fun, fluffy desserts, peanut butter mousse and chocolate mousse.
In a similar vein, here's Sam Talbot's Frozen Honey Mousse With Lime And Sea Salt, http://www.bravotv.com/blogs/top-chef-sam-talbot-frozen-honey-mousse-recipe-cookbook
Hands-on: 30 minutes Total: 2 hours, 30 minutes Serves 8
This summer dessert is as pretty to present as it is delicious. The acidity of the lime smooths out the honey—and honey, we know, cures everything.
- 3 large pasteurized eggs, separated
- 3/4 cup blossom honey
- 1 (13.66-ounce) can coconut milk, chilled at least 4 hours
- 1 cup heavy cream, chilled
- 1 teaspoon organic vanilla extract
- Lime zest
- Flaked sea salt (such as Maldon)
2. Beat the egg whites in a medium bowl with an electric mixer fitted with whisk attachment on high until stiff peaks form, 2 to 3 minutes. Set aside.
3. Without shaking or tilting can, carefully open coconut milk. Remove solidified coconut cream from top, and place in a 2-cup measuring cup. Add liquid from can to equal 1 1/2 cups, and transfer to a medium bowl. Add heavy cream and vanilla, and beat on medium-high speed until soft peaks form, 2 to 3 minutes. Gently fold the egg whites and honey mixture into the cream mixture; spread in single layer in a 13- x 9-inch glass baking dish. Freeze 2 hours.
4. Spoon into parfait glasses; top with lime zest and sea salt.
Thanks to Nick Jonas' and Sam Talbot's Beyond Type 1 foundation, they prove that diabetes is not a lifestyle disease; they're cute and resourceful; and successfully cute.