Podcast Episode 060: Diabetes EVERY Day – Toby Smithson

Mar 7, 2017

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“I believe you can control your diabetes instead of letting it control you. I live with diabetes every day and want to show others how you can thrive with diabetes….in spite of diabetes.” – Toby Smithson

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Toby Smithson, MS, RDN, LDN, CDE


Toby Smithson is a registered dietitian nutritionist and certified diabetes educator. She has a master’s of science degree in nutrition and wellness with an emphasis in entrepreneurship. In addition to her professional credentials, Toby has successfully managed her own type 1 diabetes for over 4 decades.

Toby has been a media spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics for nine years, is the founder of DiabetesEveryDay.com and author of Diabetes meal Planning and Nutrition for Dummies.

Toby kicks off the new Do M.O.R.E. with Diabetes series on the podcast, so look for more interviews with diabetes experts as well as people who live with diabetes every day.



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Toby with her husband Tony

Here are the resources we mentioned on the show: 

  1. Toby’s website DiabetesEveryDay.com
  2. Toby on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube
  3. Toby’s book Diabetes Meal Planning & Nutrition for Dummies 
  4. American Association of Diabetes Educators’ AADE7 Self-Care Behaviors
  5. Melissa’s Do M.O.R.E. with Dinner initiative and blogs/podcasts and Pinterest board

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Music by Dave Birk

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  1. Ellie on August 20, 2017 at 7:41 pm

    I am a vegetarian and find it hard to keep my carb intake low.
    I eat a lot of fruit and veggies, but most everything I like has high carb counts.
    Is Glucerna a good meal substitute?

  2. Toby Smithson on August 21, 2017 at 2:56 pm

    Hi Ellie,
    Kudos to you for following a plant based diet and bringing up the point about the higher carb content of this meal pattern. Making a plan to balance in protein sources is key with this eating style. Protein sources that are low in carb include cheese, eggs, nuts and nut butters. Other great sources of plant based protein (but do contain some carbohydrate) are: tempeh, tofu, Sacha Inchi seeds, Greek yogurt, milk, beans and lentils. Try to include a protein source along with your fruits and veggies at each meal to help you feel full and get all the nutrients you require. I prefer obtaining calories from food instead of a meal replacement beverage but it is definitely a personal choice. Bottom line is that you get good sources of protein when you follow a vegetarian eating plan.

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