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Toby Smithson's Book: Diabetes Meal Planning & Nutrition

"Let food by thy medicine and medicine by thy food"

Hippocrates of Kos, 450 BC

"Patients should be reminded that any pharmacologic treatment for Type 2 diabetes is only a supplement to life style changes"

The Art and Science of Diabetes Self-Management, 2006 (American Association of Diabetes Education)

More than 2,400 years separate these two identical pieces of advice:  lifestyle, especially how you eat, is the real key to keeping your health in spite of diabetes. With the notable exception of insulin for people with type 1 diabetes, food is your most important medicine and your most important medicine is your food. It's that simple, yet most people with diabetes struggle with healthy eating.

Whether you're one of the millions struggling with diabetes and food, recently diagnosed, or interested in learning powerful diabetes self-management strategies for yourself, a loved one, or your patients  Diabetes Meal Planning and Nutrition for Dummies is for you.

Toby and Dr. Alan Rubin not only explain why healthy eating with diabetes is so crucial to your long-term health, but also explore how instinct, impulse, and a witch's brew of brain chemistry make healthy eating such a challenge in modern societies. Most importantly, you'll learn how planning ahead puts your powerful "thinking brain" in charge of your eating decisions, allowing your intention to eat healthy to become reality. And, in true Dummies style, you can skip ahead if you want to read only what's important to you (although we hope you'll come back and read what you missed).

  • Learn what diabetes really is, and how it can impact your health
  • Get comfortable with carbohydrates in your diet
  • See how your "food environment" triggers impulsive eating
  • Find the amazing power of planning ahead, whether eating at home or away from home
  • Try some amazing recipes, and enjoy a week's full menu

Toby and Dr. Rubin bring decades of personal and professional diabetes experience to address this problem in a way anyone can understand, and Toby can continue supporting your mission for good health every day, right here at