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For the final entry of my week of favorites, let’s talk carb counting.
I will be the first to admit, most of the time I just estimate. I have a pretty good idea of about 15 grams of carbs, so usually I estimate how many 15 gram portions are on my plate.
This is obviously not the most accurate way to measure and undoubtedly has led to some bouts of both high and low blood sugar.
At last year’s Friends for Life conference, Gary Scheiner had the people raise his session raise their hands for the ratio of carb counting they used (10 grams:1 unit; 12 grams:1 unit). There was a disproportionate amount of people at 10:1 and 15:1. Why? Because it is easy to multiply!
If you want to actually get your carb counting numbers correct, there are a few tools that I use occasionally have to help with the process.
The Calorie King book has an extensive list of the carbohydrates, protein, and fat in common and not-so-common foods. The best part of the book however, is the fast food guide in the back.
The other tool is the EatSmart digital scale. The scale has a database of 999 common foods and will do the carbohydrate calculations automatically based on the weight of the food.
If I am actually counting my carbs and not just estimating them, these two tools are essential.
Leave a comment telling me about your favorite diabetes accessory (and why you like it) by Monday June 29th, 2009 at 11:59 pm. A comment will be chosen at random to win an “i’m tired of diabetes” bracelet (women’s/youth size) as well as a $20 gift card to Amazon.
So tell me, what is your favorite diabetes tool?