Complete Guide to Carb Counting

Do you feel...
  • baffled by which foods contain carbohydrate and how much?
  • confused about how much carbohydrate YOU need to eat each day?
  • overwhelmed in the supermarket aisles reading food and nutrition labels?
  • inept at where to find carb counts for your favorite foods?

The Complete Guide to Carb Counting, is the American Diabetes Association’s A-Z guide to carbohydrate counting. Carb Counting has quickly become the most popular method of meal planning for diabetes. That’s because research shows it meshes well with real life and the medications available today to manage diabetes. The book begins with answers to two key questions: what is carbohydrate and why should you carb count? Next you'll build your knowledge base about how to count carbs, how much carb to eat, how to use food labels, count carbs in restaurant foods, and much more. This book is right for you if you have type 2 diabetes and use carbohydrate counting to plan choose your foods and plan your meals. The book also has all the details you need if you use carbohydrate counting to determine your meal time insulin doses. Lastly you’ll decipher how to fine-tune your blood glucose levels by observing your blood glucose patterns (aka pattern management).




"...To learn the ropes, make Complete Guide to Carb Counting your companion. I know I have."
—Nicole Johnson, Miss America 1999 with type 1 diabetes
"Complete Guide to Carb Counting got me off the roller coaster and put me back in the driver’s seat! The book helps you understand the big picture—the relationship between nutrition, diabetes medications, and exercise—so that you can balance your diabetes confidently."
—J. Scott Rainey, person with type 1 diabetes
"Complete Guide to Carb Counting is an excellent resource for both health professionals and people with diabetes who want to know how to have maximum flexibility in meal planning while achieving excellent blood glucose control."
—Virginia Valentine, MS, RN, CDE, nationally known diabetes nurse educator and person with Type 2
"Complete Guide to Carb Counting really explains carb counting and all that goes with it. It has helped me plan my meals since I was diagnosed with diabetes.”
—Barbara Palmer

Table of Contents

    • What Is Carb Counting?
    • Basic Carb Counting
    • Keeping Track
    • Protein, Fat and Alcohol Count, Too
    • Weigh and Measure Foods—A Key to Your Success
    • The Food Label Has the Facts
    • Carb Counting in Real Life
      How to Count Convenience Foods and Recipes
    • Carb Counting in Real Life
      How to Count Restaurant Meals and Take Out Foods
    • Blood Glucose Pattern Management: Fine-Tune Your Control
    • Blood Glucose-Lowering Medications and Insulin
    • Advanced Carb Counting
    • Cornerstones—Knowledge and Support
  • Appendixes
    • Carb Counts of Everyday Foods
    • Carb Counting Resources
    • Record Keeping Forms