counting carbs,calories.weighing food out

By berrykins0 Latest Reply 2011-11-18 00:45:43 -0600
Started 2011-11-10 16:28:17 -0600

do you do things thing like your supposed too? just wondering.

i do these things like i supposed too.

18 replies

Mickey/CCHT 2011-11-13 08:57:17 -0600 Report

I'm all about carb counting and label reading.

Mickey/CCHT 2011-11-16 20:03:33 -0600 Report

Thanks girls! Probably should be about weighing food also, but that would drive me crazy! Baby steps, Baby steps!! LOL

Caroltoo 2011-11-16 20:30:15 -0600 Report

That sunds a little like moderation in all things. I don't count or weigh things either, but I know I would need to if I was on insulin. I read labels, cook from fresh foods to avoid the chemicals which I react to badly with a high pulse, and check my scale every morning.

As long as my scale is stable or moving slowly down, I'm good-to-go. If it climbs, I adjust something. That has led to a 65 pound weight loss since I was diagnosed. Makes me happy!

jayabee52 2011-11-18 00:35:38 -0600 Report

Actually Carol not being on insulin is actually a good reason to weigh and measure things. You may be able to reduce the meds you take. As I try to manage my T2 without the use of diabetes meds weighing and measuring is all that much more important to me. (I have slacked off on that recently —- and my BG numbers reflect that)

You may be able to manage your BGs better if weighing and measuring is a part of your daily life.

jayabee52 2011-11-18 00:45:43 -0600 Report

glad you enjoyed it Michael! I am to the point that the things I used to enjoy are not so enjoyable for me anymore.

Did you happen to take your BG levels after you enjoyed it?

As long as you don't make a constant habit of it I don't think there's any harm.

I myself will have a "drumstick" ice cream cone about once a week. (It only raises my BG levels 30 pts)

Mickey/CCHT 2011-11-16 23:13:30 -0600 Report

you go girl! And you are correct, it is about moderation. Also changing the way i shop and prepare foods. don't buy the frozen conveint foods anymore. Buy a lot more fresh veggies and fruits. Not much of a cooker so learning how to do good with a little cooking as possible has been a trip! LOL I agree, if i was on insulin i could see where i would need to measure. Hopefully that will be down the road a bit and by then i will be ready to do something new! LOL

Type1Lou 2011-11-13 14:20:38 -0600 Report

I agree…I too feel that label reading and carb counting are absolute necessities in managing diabetes.

Type1Lou 2011-11-10 18:08:13 -0600 Report

A friend gave me a scale that will tell me how many carbs are in a food (and other nutritional values too) when I weigh the food and put in its food code (There's a booklet with the different codes.). I've used it for apples because they can so vary in size, it's often difficult to accurately estimate how many carbs are in one apple. Since going on the pump, I am trying to calculate my carbs for each and every meal/snack I eat. (I wasn't always so conscientious.)

lacat87 2011-11-13 10:07:33 -0600 Report

I was given the title to a book from my D.E.: The Calorie King Calorie Fat & Carbohydrate Counter. You have to order it online.
This book has been very helpful for me. I've only found a couple of things it doesn't have as far as carbs are concerned. And I like the idea, Type1Lou, of your carb scale. Think that's pretty cool. Thought I could do away with a scale last year when I was diagnosed, but know I cannot. Hope this book suggestion is helpful to anyone who thinks they may need it.

Young1s 2011-11-13 11:33:38 -0600 Report

Another book people might want to try is Nutrition and Meal Planning by the Joslin Diabetes Center. It is what my D nurse gave me after being diagnosed because she heard I love to cook. Very informative. Plus it has a 17 page section that lists foods and serving sizes in a variety of catagories. It even lists free foods, fast foods and vegetarian foods.

christelly 2011-11-13 11:01:44 -0600 Report

Calorie King book is fabulous - it is what I use religiously to handle this condition. However, you need to know that the website can be used for items not listed in the booik. Additionally, ordering it direct from CalorieKing is cheaper by far than ordering it from Amazon or Barnes and Noble or buying it at a discount stoe. The book is priced at $13, but I purchased it direct from CK and the book was $10, no tax and $3 shipping. I bought both sizes, but gave the smaller print to my friend who was fascinated by my weight loss.

lacat87 2011-11-13 13:09:10 -0600 Report

To find the book one might try The Book Depository". website is: This is a good site to find all kinds of books. Pros: no shipping at all! Cons: it takes about 1 1/2 to 2 weeks to get it. I have thought of looking up the website to find foods not listed, but it would have taken too long. I was looking up egg salad sandwich and it's not there. Know there's no carbs in eggs, so I figured out the portion of the mayo.

berrykins0 2011-11-10 18:34:36 -0600 Report

i have a food scale like this to. there very helpful of a tool for weighing food out. minie has grams and ounces for weighing stuff out and codes for certain foods to. mine brand odf scale is called itchrics. mines digital with batteries. i got mine from qvc.

Type1Lou 2011-11-11 13:13:03 -0600 Report

Dear Tina,
Mine is called a Chefmate Digital Nutritional Scale. It had food codes for nearly 1000 food items and not only weighs the food but gives you the 10 nutritional elements for the weighed item: calories, fat calories, carbs, cholesterol protein, fat, fiber, sugars and sodium. It's very useful and I'm thankful that my friend, Paula, gave it to me. It is distributed by Target Brands according to the package…maybe that means it was bought at Target?

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