carb counting

John Taylor
By John Taylor Latest Reply 2010-05-07 19:00:15 -0500
Started 2010-05-03 13:27:37 -0500

does anyone else out there have trouble counting carbs when they are out to eat? I have had an insulin pump for around 8 yrs. and still have a hard time with carb counting when im eating out..

5 replies

Crashnot 2010-05-07 19:00:15 -0500 Report

I've only had my pump for a year now, but have been diabetic for 42 years. When I go out, the meals are a trick. Since finding out I also have Celiac Disease (immune reaction to wheat, rye and barley glutens that wipes out the intestine), I've learned that I can ask the restaurant for their ingredients list for each meal. That will tell you of any surprises in the food that you might need to dose for.

If that seems a bit tedious, I try to base my bolus on the basic food ingredients, then walk the line and assume carbs for sauces. They're usually loaded with sugar, so I go 15 carbs per tablespoon of estimated sauce. If it's a fatty meal with lots of cheese or creamy sauces, you can also use the dual wave bolus to spread the insulin delivery out a bit.

That's hoofing it, hope it helps!

monkeymama 2010-05-03 14:47:17 -0500 Report

Hello there John! I am a type 2 diabetic on a insulin pump myself. I have been a insulin pumper now for a little over two years now. I love it! I used to have some troubles with carb counting when I was out. I was given a small version of this book," Eating Out in the Fastlane" It is a pretty cheap book and you can keep it in your car for when you do go out and eat. It has LOTS of restaurants you see where ever you go. I think the web site is It is printed by Franklin Publishing. I love using this every time we do go out to eat. This will definitely help you enjoy going out to eat more. Hope this helps you out! Other wise "The Calorie King" does have a smal section in the back with some restaurants but no where nearly as much as the one I mentioned. Happy eating and good luck!

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