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4.0 out of 5 stars Collins Carb Counter, 11 Jan. 2005
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This essential for anyone with type 1 diabetes that is on a basal-bolus insulin regime. Our daughter has the condition and we need to work out her carbohydrate intake with every meal to calculate her insulin.
Free Carbohydrate listings on the internet seem to be based on strange American foods - so it is good to have a book that covers British foods. This book is excellent value, is a handy pocket size and is very comprehensive.
I gave the book 4 stars rather than five because it mainly Gives Carbs per hundred grams - which is fine at home when you can weigh things. But when eating out or at other peoples houses it would be useful to have more portion descriptions - rather than just giving a total weight for many foods.
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Initial post: 24 Jul 2009 21:03:54 BDT
H.B. says:
Dieters that have trouble sticking to a diet might also be interested in "The Sixty-Second Motivator".

In reply to an earlier post on 11 May 2012 11:41:20 BDT
Miss Liz says:
The 60 second motivator is of no use to Type 1 diabetics, the trouble is the government, and thus the public, lump all diabetics together and most people think Type 1 diabetics need to lose weight. THIS IS NOT TRUE! quite the opposite for many! As a former nurse and Senior lecturer, I wish someone could tell me how to motivate a young person in 60 seconds about:-
1. You will have to inject yourself at least 4 times a day for the rest of your life.
2. You will have to stick more needles in yourself 6-7 times a day to test your blood sugar.
3. You will have to weigh your food, count carbohydrates, avoid sugar, avoid animal fats etc for the rest of your life.
4. You will be constantly supervised by Drs and Nurses for the rest of your life, no time off for good behaviour. The good ones will believe their role is help and support, I found the paediatricians were wonderful in this way. The bad ones will believe that they have a paternalistic role, tell you what to do and treat you as a naughty child if your blood tests are not correct. Welcome to adult care!!
5. You have to balance the following 4 things in your life to achieve stability of the blood sugars, a) Insulin, b) food, c) exercise/physical stress and d) psychological stress.

Please give me a sixty second quote that will motivate someone to do all this.

Posted on 11 May 2012 11:45:25 BDT
Miss Liz says:
I appreciate your difficulty in caring for a child with Type 1 diabetes and rspect the fact that you carb count, which is not always easy.

However this book does not give all measurements in 100g - with fruit it uses such measurements as 1 medium apple, 1 satsuma etc. If you look at the vegetables, they use difrerent measurements for different veg, e.g. 80g of carrots, which I found to be 2 rounded desert spoons.

It is recommended that Type 1 diabetics who carb count use weight scales, whether using this book or not. This reminds me of when I was first diagnosed in 1960 - when everything was weighed, which I did not enjoy when being out as a child.

So I heartily agree, it would be helpful to have a version of this that uses spoonfuls, rather than weights.

Posted on 13 Oct 2012 22:58:05 BDT
Ms A Moore says:
If you want a pocket size book,that will give you better portion sizes,with the calories,and you have type 1 diabetes,or you just want to eat healthy,then get the proper diabetes pocket book,it is called carbs,and cals,and is available from Amazon,there are three books to choose from,one being the pocket book,and they are all in valuable,to helping you control your diabetes,and very reasonably priced,also,I have recently been,to a diabetes class,where they teach you all about what to eat,your insulin levels,ect,and this is the book,they advised us to go out and buy,it is £10.49 at the moment,on Amazon,and the pocket one is £6.99 but it doesn't have all the information,that the larger book has,but is still excellent.

In reply to an earlier post on 15 Oct 2012 18:45:40 BDT
I have carbs and cals too - the iphone app version. It is great. We practically never refer to the collins book anymore. My review was written in 2005 when the collins book was probably the only choice.
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