Toby Smithson dynamically combines her knowledge as a certified diabetes educator and registered dietitian nutritionist with her life experiences successfully managing type 1 diabetes for more than five decades.
Blood sugar hack
If you have been diagnosed with diabetes and are taking a medication that can cause low blood sugar or tend to run below target readings, I bet you e heard about treating a low blood sugar with a fast acting carbohydrate. That is correct. But… if you see your blood sugar trending down but not to the 70 mg/dl reading, and it’s close to your meal time, you may be able to stop the low by eating a halo orange! This is one of the tricks I do so that I can get more nutrition (fruit) in my body instead of eating a fast acting carb with little to no nutrition. One halo has about 9 grams of carb which matches up perfectly for me to prevent a further blood sugar dive.
TY @thewonderfulcompany for all the samples in honor of nutrition month.
#diabetes #diabeteshelp #diabetesdietitian #diabeteseducator #diabetestips @halosfun #bloodsugarhacks #bloodsugarbalance #bloodsugar #type1 #type1diabetes #type2 #type2diabetes #diabeteswarrior #bloodsugarmanagement #samples...
Diabetes is a full time job +
24 hours a day/7days a week.
Make sure you take quiet moments like this blue heron I spotted today. I took a walk and then checked my blood sugar to make sure it was in target and then let go… I took a 30 minute break of not thinking about diabetes… and if you know me, you’ll know I certainly wasn’t thinking about catching a fish.
#diabeteslife #diabetes #diabeteseducator #type1 #type2 #type2diabetes #type1diabetes #prediabetes #diabeteslookslikeme #stressreduction #plantbased #diabetesmanagement #blueheron #bythesea #zenmoment...
I found another diabetes friendly food that I love and is an easy way to add a burst of flavors to my meal or snacks without adding lots of carb and calories.
Added bonus to the flight of flavors in these microgreens is the nutritional value- they contain about 5x more vitamins and carotenoids than mature plants.
I’ve been topping my salads or using the microgreens as my salad at lunch and dinner. My husband has been using the spicy micro wasabi mustard on his sandwiches instead of a spread. Thanks for introducing me with the samples @aerofarms
Thank you for continued research in diabetes. The latest clinical trials are for a device that has the potential to treat type 1 diabetes. There is FDA clearance for a new device that is immunoprotective.
Yay, no worry related to immunosuppressants. It’s developed by Vertex and is a stem cell-derived, fully differentiated pancreatic islet cell therapy.
I can’t think of a better way to celebrate RDN day ( registered dietitian nutritionist) then having @annamsrdn here visiting. We’ve been friends and colleagues for 18 years. We toasted the day with delicious grilled vegetables. #rdnday #rdn #dietitian #dietitianeats @eatright_pro...
Did you have the same reaction that I did after reading/listening to the latest headlines “Artificial sweetener erythritol linked to heart attack and stroke, study finds”?
What? People at risk are those who are at risk for heart disease and have diabetes? What? That’s us!
Ok, it’s important to read past the headline. Here’s a couple points to ponder…
1) there are limitations to this study
2) the participants already had a high prevalence of heart disease
3)the finding were an association, not a causation. Not if you do this, you will definitely get that.
4) a very important component was left out of the study… they didn’t look at the participants diet.
Did you know? Exercise doesn’t always bring blood sugar down.
If you are a Pickle ball player, this activity may raise blood sugar due to an adrenaline rush where more glucose released into your bloodstream.
This doesn’t mean you shouldn’t play, just know you may first see a rise in blood sugar.
So many followers with diabetes ask me, “can I eat sweetpotatoes without spiking my blood sugar levels?”
Don’t let the “sweet” in “sweetpotato” fool you - this root is actually a nutritional powerhouse loaded with vitamin A, potassium, and fiber which will actually help you keep your blood sugar balanced!
But there’s an important detail that not many people know about - we should be consuming the SKIN of our sweetpotatoes to really lower our glycemic index and maximize our fiber intake. So when it comes to sweetpotatoes, you can put that peeler away!
Portioning is also highly important for maintaining your blood sugar levels. Learn more about how to safely portion your sweetpotatoes in my YouTube video, “How to Eat Sweet Potatoes for Balanced Blood Sugar!”
Another fun fact: You might have noticed that I spell “sweetpotato” as one word. That’s because according to many experts, this is the correct way to spell it, since sweetpotatoes are not a kind of potato but a different vegetable entirely!
For more Sweetpotato facts and recipes, be sure to check out @ncsweetpotatoes 🧡
Are you a frequent shopper at Trader Joe’s ( if not, you may want to give it a try)? Check out the great shopping list of dietitians favorites in the latest @huffpost by @kendrickjulie516
@traderjoes #groceryshopping #grocerlist #diabetesfriendly #healthyeating #plantbasedfood
@sharonpalmerrd @vanessarissettord @chelseyamernutrition @mpmnutrition @bianca.the.rd @thelifestyledietitian_
Congrats Dexcom on the launch of the new G7 continuous glucose monitor (CGM) as seen on Super Bowl 57. Did anyone else find it odd that the CGM would need to be advertised to a wide audience? I don’t know of anyone with type 1 nor many with type 2, who don’t know that Dexcom is a potential (cost prohibitive) option as part of diabetes management. End of rant.
Can you eat chocolate??? Not all chocolate is created equal when it comes to health benefits. Yes, there are health benefits to eating chocolate 🙌 Opt for dark chocolate with at least 70% cocoa which is rich in antioxidants. With cocoa powder, choose the lighter powder ( un-dutched)vs a darker powder because it contains more antioxidants.
One of my fav recipes is my own chocolate chia pudding. You can find the recipe on my Diabetes Everyday YouTube channel. Tap on linktree to get to my YouTube.
#diabetes #diabetesfriendly #fiber #chocolate #chiapudding #chiapuddingrecipe #type1diabetes #type2diabetes #type2 #type1 #hearthealth #valentinesdayrecipes #valentinesday...
Guess what made my list of best foods to include for prediabetes and diabetes management? Here’s the link to the article in Forbes…
#diabetes #type2diabetes #prediabetes #type1diabetes #typeonediabetes #diabetesawareness #nuts @californiaalmonds #almonds #healthyfats #diabetesfriendly #diabetesdiet @forbes