Frequently Asked Questions
- What is a DiabetesEveryDay Membership?
A DiabetesEveryDay membership is a personal commitment to take diabetes self-management, and your long term health, seriously by getting consistent and credible guidance from Toby Smithson’s 40+years firsthand experience living healthy in spite of diabetes. DiabetesEveryDay is not a “shortcut” or a “magic pill”. It is a different way to help you “do” what we already know works to postpone diabetes’ damage…… …following our medication plan, consistently eating healthy and finding time to be regularly physically active. Most of us know what to do, and most of us are sincerely trying. We just can’t seem to stay connected to our own care enough to get it done. DiabetesEveryDay keeps you connected with original video content, a weekly menu, wonderful diabetes-friendly recipes, news, interviews, original articles, and a focus beyond the “what to do” and on how we build the foundation for making effective diabetes self-management a priority in our lives every day.
- What if I don’t want to join now?
Feel free to visit our site as often as you like for news, Toby’s blog, videos preparing great recipes , and more. Be sure to download Toby’s “The Realities of Diabetes” and you’ll be signed up to receive our occasional newsletters. And be sure to follow us on Facebook, YouTube and Twitter. Of course, we hope you’ll eventually change your mind and become our next new member.
- What do members get?
For less than most spend on hair care, DiabetesEveryDay members have access to constantly expanding content including unique and original (not available elsewhere) video clips, a weekly menu suggestion with shopping list, fabulous diabetes-friendly recipes (both simple and “special occasion”), DiabetesEveryDay “Radio” interviews, insightful articles, a focus on lifestyle issues and motivation, and opportunities to make members’ requests for new subjects. DiabetesEveryDay keeps members focused on their own care; at home, in private, and available anytime from virtually anywhere.
- Why should I join?
Effectively managing diabetes starts with finding a balance between mostly ignoring self-care responsibilities and being overwhelmed with what can seem like unending demands. Doing too little risks our long term physical health, but constant stress from worry about doing enough or doing it “wrong” is not healthy either. Managing diabetes well is difficult, but DiabetesEveryDay can help build a solid foundation of key attitudes that can make those self-management behaviors easier to sustain.
- How can I pay?
Once you select a membership term you can pay directly with most major credit cards, or you can pay through PayPal (a PayPal account is not required). All transactions are secure, and your credit card information is not retained.
- Can I pay by mail with a check instead?
You can pay by check, but your account setup will be delayed. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for instructions.
- What if I can’t afford to join?
DiabetesEveryDay memberships are as low as we can make them to support this unique resource, less than $1.75 per week for the yearly membership. Our site is member supported with no advertising to distract you (or distract us). However, we are working to find sponsors for members who cannot budget for membership; our motivation is to support self-management for all people with diabetes. Email us at email@example.com for information.
- Is my personal information private and secure?
Your personal information is never shared
- Is this site for people with either Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes?
Absolutely. Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes are very much alike when it comes to the key responsibilities for self-management (medication, diet and exercise). And, people with Type 1 and Type 2 are also very much alike in struggling to balance diabetes management with their own lifestyle, and in finding consistent motivation to stay committed. Building a solid foundation for good health in spite of diabetes is essential for anyone with diabetes.
- I have prediabetes…..will this help me too?
Absolutely. While some information may not be related, the lifestyle issues, diet and exercise, that many find so challenging are just as important in managing prediabetes.
- Can my child be a member?
There is nothing on the DiabetesEveryDay website that would be inappropriate for children, but young children with diabetes are a family concern. We would encourage families to use DiabetesEveryDay together until a child with diabetes is old enough to clearly understand and attend to diabetes self-management.
- Does my membership replace seeing my doctor, dietitian or educator?
DiabetesEveryDay does not replace your medical team. While we work hard to provide consistent and reliable information about self-managing diabetes, only your personal medical team knows you personally…..your personal medication regimen, your personal meal plan, and other medical issues that must be taken into account to establish your personal diet and exercise program. DiabetesEveryDay can, however, help you stay motivated, help you understand what your medical team has asked, and help keep you focused on your long term health.
- How can a website help with my diabetes?
Diabetes is an “every day” condition…..effective self-management requires that we make diabetes decisions every day…what will I eat, will I make time for exercise? The motivation we might feel to manage diabetes better after we meet with our educator, dietitian, doctor or support group can get lost in the everyday life between appointments. DiabetesEveryDay keeps you involved in your own care, shows you how to stay motivated, offers you suggestions on what to eat….shows you not just what to do, but how to get it done every day. Only someone who has faced the challenges of diabetes self-management can really know what it takes…..we know! DiabetesEveryDay is here for you every day.
- Where can I find the weekly menu?
Our weekly menu and shopping list is posted every Friday evening. Click on the link above the DiabetesEveryDay logo at the top of the Home page.
- I like the Home Page, but how do I find more content?
You can navigate to content by clicking the tabs just below the DiabetesEveryDay logo at the top of the home page, or you can navigate with links listed under “categories” in the right margin of every other page.
- How can I find something without searching through everything?
Enter a key word into the “search” field, and you will be taken to a selection of content containing that key word. Hint- do not enter a word likely to be very common on the site like “diabetes”, but chose another word less common to all of the content.
- Why does my video player start, then stop, then start, etc.?
Streaming video is dependent upon the speed of both your internet service and your computer. If the video plays faster than it is downloading, the video clip with start and stop. Press pause and wait a few minutes so the video file can load far enough ahead to play without stopping.
- Can I make the video screen bigger?
Click the icon for full screen. To go back, hit esc on your keyboard
- How can I get more volume?
Video clip volume can be adjusted both on the video player and by adjusting the volume on your computer. If there is no sound, make sure neither one is muted.
- Why do I only get short videos?
The shorter video “trailers” introduce the “plot” for longer (5 to 10 minute) videos available to DiabetesEveryDay members. As the caption will say, join or log in (if already a member) to see the main video clip.
- Since I joined I don’t get the short video trailers anymore….why?
The short “trailer” videos show to visitors, but will also show to members who are not logged in.
Recipes and Weekly menu
- Is the DiabetesEveryDay weekly menu now my meal plan?
The DiabetesEveryDay weekly menu is not your personal meal plan. Your meal plan is provided by your Registered Dietitian, who has access to your personal medical information. Most people can fit the DiabetesEveryDay weekly menu with their meal plan, sometimes with minor modifications. Some recipes may be incompatible with other medical conditions often associated with diabetes, like heart disease, high blood pressure or kidney failure. Managing diabetes well requires that we understand how to interpret our meal plan’s recommendations (i.e. how many carb choices per meal, my daily sodium intake, etc.) so our content, especially under EveryDay Diet, explains “healthy eating”, “carb counting and carb exchanges”, “nutrition facts labels”, and other food related information we all need to understand.
- Can I eat any the recipes on the website?
The recipes offered on DiabetesEveryDay are “healthy” recipes, and will fit into the meal plan of most people with diabetes. Your personal meal plan, however, is your daily guide based upon your individual medical situation, your medication, and any other health conditions. Learning to understand food-related diabetes self-management, so you can know how foods fit into your meal plan, is a key part of diabetes self-management. Our video clips under the EveryDay Diet tab will help.
- Why is the shopping list for 4 people, but some recipes for more or fewer?
A number of the recipes we offer are on loan from wonderful books published by fellow Registered Dietitians. We have not modified those recipes as published, so the number of servings for those recipes may vary between one and eight according to the original published recipe. However, your shopping list needs to be consistent so you don’t end up with enough food for four people on Monday and only enough for two people on Tuesday, etc. So, we have included ingredients on the shopping list for four (4) servings (four people) of most every recipe. Recipes published for more than four servings we often leave “as is”…for instance six servings….and we include enough ingredients in your shopping list for leftovers.
Also notice the shopping list sometimes fails to combine ingredients, so you may see olive oil or some other ingredient twice. Take a quick look at the list before shopping, and scan your cupboard for items you may already have.