Jewels Doskicz is a registered nurse, freelance writer, patient advocate, health coach, and long-distance cyclist. Jewels is the moderator of Diabetic Connect’s weekly #DCDE Twitter chat, and she and her daughter both live healthfully with type 1 diabetes.

A secret of success for many is the simple act of buying fresh groceries and making a home cooked meal. Unfortunately the importance of this may have been lost in translation.

Carbohydrate counting gone awry

Does most everything you eat come out of a box or bag with a nutritional label? This is where carbohydrate counting may be steering your grocery cart in the wrong direction.

People with diabetes may choose to eat snacks and make meals with processed foods because the carbohydrate count is listed on the nutritional information. It may be a no-brainer, but it's certainly not a healthy way to eat.

What's a carbohydrate exchange?

A carbohydrate exchange is a list of foods that all have similar carbohydrate loads (15 grams per choice). This healthful system is another useful way to consume fresh foods without labels. Check out UCSF's exchange list.

Apps to help amend this type of eating

There are a handful of apps to help people with diabetes analyze home cooked meal ingredients into carbohydrates per serving. These apps may just break the cycle of frozen foods entrees for dinner. Go ahead, give them a try!

Cook and Count Carbs by Health Apps Ltd.
Recipe Calculator by SparkPeople.com
Recipe Calculator by Myfitnesspal.com

To learn more on this topic:
4 Smart Phone Apps to Help Manage Diabetes
If Only There Was an App For That!
Diabetes Goes Digital: Apps to Help with Food Choices, Carb Counting