Eating a proper diet is an essential ingredient in the successful management of diabetes. And it's not always easy, especially at first. Meal planning aids can help.
- The American Diabetes Association has three booklets about carbohydrate counting:
- Carbohydrate Counting: Getting Started introduces the concepts of carbohydrate counting, determining carbohydrate content of food, portion sizes, and how to determine your current carbohydrate intake.
- Carbohydrate Counting: Moving On continues with more information about record keeping, determining carbohydrate content in combination foods like pizza, how to deal with eating out, the effect of protein and fiber in delaying post-meal blood sugar rise, and interpreting your blood sugar patterns.
- Carbohydrate Counting: Using Carbohydrate/Insulin Ratios will help you determine your own carbohydrate to insulin ratio so you can learn to adjust your short-acting insulin to match your meals.
For one copy of each booklet, order #CCCSP for US$6.00 (US$5.00 for ADA members), plus shipping and handling, from ADA Order Fulfillment.
- Balance PC Diabetes Software is a complete diabetes management system that includes downloading from several types of meters, event logging, diet and weight targets, and extensive meal plan management features.
- Brown Bag Success: Making Healthy Lunches Your Kids Won't Trade will help parents who have school-aged children with diabetes make lunches that get eaten.
- Carb Cards are a great way to learn about carbohydrate counting.
- The Diabetes Exchange Kit is a small hand held device that is used to count down the number of allowed exchanges during a day.
- Spreadsheet users will find the Meal Planning Spreadsheet a simple yet informative tool to help them in their meal planning. The spreadsheet calculates grams and calories of carbohydrates, protein and fat based on exchange values. Provided by Dave Grenda ([email protected]). You can download the spreadsheet in the following formats:
- Microsoft Excel for Windows 95 (meal_xl5.xls) (21 KB)
- Microsoft Excel 4.0 (meal_xl4.xls) (9 KB)
- Microsoft Excel 3.0 (meal_xl3.xls) (9 KB)
- Lotus 1-2-3 Version 3 (meal_123.wk3) (5 KB)
- Quattro Pro 1.0 (meal_qp.wq1) (6 KB)
- The Felt Source sells a felt food guide pyramid to help teach kids about nutrition.
- HealthCounts, Inc. sells the Diabetes Exchange Kit.
- Sweet Kids: How to Balance Diabetes Control & Good Nutrition with Family Peace by Betty Page Brackenridge, MS, RD, CDE & Richard R. Rubin, PhD, CDE, is an excellent book with advice about how to manange meal time without fighting. Highly recommended.
- Type 1 Tools offers a superb collection of educational tools and daily management goodies to help families who have kids with type 1 diabetes.
- Type 2 Tools is a collection of fun, colorful and educational tools that offers information and encouragement for people living with type 2 diabetes.
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