Amazing Instagram account alert: Mindful Diabetic Robby

Robby Barbaro. Follow this guy on Instagram. His pictures are stunning and he’s a type 1!

With permission from Robby Barbaro.

With permission from Robby Barbaro.

I don’t know why I never stumbled onto his posts before (or maybe I did and was scrolling too quickly) but I LOVE the photography of all these natural goodies packed with vitamins and nutrients.


With permission from Robby Barbaro.

With permission from Robby Barbaro

With permission from Robby Barbaro


Have you seen this account? What do you think? He says he lives a fruit-based lifestyle. I haven’t heard of that before (in terms of diets and diabetes).

If you’re looking for some fruitspiration and beautiful pics showcasing healthy foods, his account is the place to be.



WIAW: What I ate Wednesdays


I’m the newest member of WIAW!

‘What I ate Wednesdays’ or WIAW: A popular term many use on social media to showcase food (glorious food. I’m getting hungry already!).

You can be a top chef or just a foodie like myself. Just snap a photo of what you ate, and share!

Learn more about WIAW on a food blog I like to follow, Peas and Crayons.

Everyone has their own reason for participating in WIAW, and here’s mine:

  • to document and share my relationship with food after my type 1 diabetes diagnosis (summer 2012)
  • find out what foods are best for me to make the most out of training (I need to learn how to fuel right and keep my bg’s nice and steady)
  • diary what works/doesn’t in this wonky process called the honeymoon period
  • share my journey in learning more about nutrition
  • take photos of food (which I already do, all the time), then devour and enjoy every bite and claim “WIAW!”

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My daily post-workout smoothie! (workout not required)

  • 1 medium banana (around 25g carbs)
  • 1/2 cup mixed berries (I always buy bags of frozen berries so nothing spoils) (around 7g carbs)
  • 1 scoop Vega All in One Nutrition-Natural flavour (2g carbs)
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds (0g carbs)
  • 1 tbsp spirulina (1g carbs) | What is spirulina? |
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond drink (1g carbs)
  • 1 tsp flaxseed oil (0g carbs)
  • stevia to sweeten

=36g of carbs | 397 calories |

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This smoothie gives me enough to almost hit my daily vitamin A, C, calcium and half my iron requirements. Immediately after workouts I take 50 per cent less short-acting insulin and for me, this smoothie never makes me go high if I follow that formula. My stomach feels great and I’m energized.

Let me know if you try this out or if you have another post-workout smoothie to share. And remember to check your bg’s! Just like Bob the Banana here….


Happy WIAW,


*I use my MyFitnessPal app and scan in as many ingredients as I can to give a proper carb count. Other foods are estimated. Please always see a professional when it comes to your dietary needs.