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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Chello Publishing Limited; 5th edition (29 Mar. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1908261064
  • ISBN-13: 978-1908261069
  • Product Dimensions: 14.8 x 1.6 x 21 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (916 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 144 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Customer reviews: "This book has been life-changing for my son & husband, both of whom are diabetic." "Having been a diabetic for nearly 60 years this has to be the best book I've ever seen." "This book should become the bible for any Diabetics and for people on a reduced calorie diet." "This amazingly simple book has helped me to take control of my diabetes when I was really struggling." "With big coloured pictures, it's a breeze. Beats all the wordy lists in other guides." "The most useful book I have bought since being diagnosed. Finally someone has come up with something useful and easy to use." "This book has made my life as a self employed plasterer one heck of a lot easier." "My new bible." "Has made my daughter's life so much easier, she has much better control of her blood sugar levels now and I am certain it is down to the book." "Our daughter is 4 and it is great to really show her friends' parents how many carbs are in the meal they are about to give her." "My son can look at the pictures and try new foods, we can monitor his intake of carbs and it has made our whole family aware of calories and carbs intake." "I bought this book for my 16 year old as she has been struggling with her HbA1c recently and she loves it." Healthcare professionals: "The most useful tool I have had as a diabetes specialist nurse." "I am a UK registered Dietitian and I think this book is fantastic!" "My patients all love it." "Brilliant book, helps me to teach patients with diabetes about sensible food portion sizes." "A fantastic resource for both healthcare professionals and the individuals we see in supporting weight loss and glycaemic control." --Customer Reviews

About the Author

Chris Cheyette is a Diabetes Specialist Dietitian with the NHS, working with people with Type 1, Type 2 and gestational diabetes. Chris has spearheaded a number of projects over the years, many with the aim of improving the educational resources that are currently on offer to people with diabetes. These projects include an educational DVD for young people with diabetes, which earned him the 2007 British Dietetic Association Elizabeth Washington Award and a shortlisting for the 2006 Diabetes UK Education Award.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Melody on 27 Jun. 2013
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Being new to this Diabetic confusion, this book is such a help and its pictures are clear, Plate/dish sizes are given for you to compare with your own crockery and portion sizes you serve. there are different coloured 'boxes' around the main food plate stating the Carbo'e, protein, fat, sugar etc. content of the food you're looking at. I'm amazed at the number of foods shown, and although the book can't possibly show every available food, you will find a 'near' equivalent to complete your search. I wouldn't want to be without it now and would readily recommend it not only to people suffering from Diabetes, but to friends and family of Diabetics who have to do the meal planning, shopping, cooking and serving of the finished meal, as this must be so difficult to understand what their Diabetic sufferer can eat and without gaining weight, as calorie counting eventually has to come into it. Having recently been diagnosed myself, a gentleman diabetic of 15 years said he still didn't know what he was doing!! So be patient, it's not some thing we can rush, but already this book has made life a lot easier. Go get it! [Just one point - being an American publication there are a lot of foreign meals included, but we really do need more popular English meals]Now,whatever type of food I buy, [whether packets of biscuits, ready
meals etc]I look for the nutritional table on the back of the packet, etc., so that mainly takes care of the 'American' problem.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By mags4743 on 18 Nov. 2013
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This is a superb book for diabetics counting carbs. Would recommend to anyone who wants to count carbs etc. or even if they don't
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Ms A Moore on 5 Dec. 2013
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This is a brilliant book,whether you are a diabetic,or just wanting to eat healthily.If you are counting the calories,then this is the book for you,as it does all the hard work for you.You can even get a pocket size version,which is useful, for eating out.If I'm planning what to eat,for example,an evening meal,I just get my book out,and check how much carbs,and fat ect,may be in that meal,and if it is telling me,that the meal,has lots of carbs,and fat,I just look through,and choose something else,that is low in the carbs and fat.I have just lost 21lbs with this book,and because it shows you how much carbs,fat,and sat fat is in a portion,I have thought,gosh,I am going to eat that amount,i'l e the smaller portion now.I have always had a big appetite!!,but his book has changed my eating habits,for the better,I now eat like a normal person,and I'm not always hungry now,as my stomach has shrunk so much.I can't praise this book,high enough!!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Peter R Low on 16 Mar. 2014
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I do not know why no one has produced anything like this before. YOu appreciate better the portion size you are allowed and it is quite comprehensive in all the various foods that it covers.

A must for any diabetic and/or slimmer.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By rob on 3 July 2015
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I was diagnosed type II diabetic in December 2014 and was told about the book at a Living with Diabetes course I went on arranged by my GP practice, so purchased one. While it has some text the most useful way the photographs are displayed show you what a balanced plate should look like and how easy it is to overindulge. It can't make you control portions but it is a good traffic light to what is a healthy balanced diet and what is overstepping the mark. I have used the book to radically alter my intake of certain foods. My cholesterol level dropped from 4.2 to 1.8, blood pressure has gone from 135/86 to 109/74 and I have taken nearly 6 inches off my waist size which equates to 49lbs weight loss between January and the end of June 2015 and my Hb1Ac in January was 118 in April had dropped to 71 so it still needs work. The book can't make you eat "differently" I was going to say LESS but I don't eat less in terms of bulk but as I said earlier I have made a radical change to my food intake. I still enjoy lots of my favourites and have made sacrifices by cutting out things that I know I would binge on if I got a sniff of them and that is difficult. For what it costs and what you could gain from it as a diabetic or someone with a weight problem that is not diabetic I feel it is good value for money. One word of caution though don't make it your food bible as you may be in danger of becoming a food NERD or even worse a food BORE
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By C. Halloran on 19 Sept. 2013
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Having moved from medication to insulin as a type 2 diabetic I was looking for some help in identifying good versus bad foods. At a basic level this book is excellent. The pictures showing portion sizes is so much better than the normal "per 100gm" breakdown. How big is 100gm of any given food? This book will help identify just how much you are eating and allow carb/calorie counting with ease!

Now for the missed trick (IMHO). The intro to the book is a good read, mentioning low GI foods and those other foods we've heard of that are so much better for us diabetics. BUT not a single indication in all the rest of the book as to the GI of the food item displayed!!! It would be SO useful to have an additional tag with a GI rating!!! Another detail that could be considered to add would be to flag the so-called "super foods" with a symbol of some kind (Blueberries being an example).
I do not think a specific GI rating would be needed, maybe a simple "traffic light" to quickly help food selection?

Without this additional detail this book falls just short of being an ideal single source of dietary information for diabetics! Back to the 'net!
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