Do you need help staying on track with your diet? Could you use a few tips and tricks about eating out, managing portion sizes, and making grocery shopping easier? Then my new book The Pocket Carbohydrate Counter Guide for Diabetes: Simple Nutritional Strategies to Lower Your Blood Sugar is exactly what you need.
Whenever someone signs up for my e-newsletter, I always ask what challenges they face with regard to their diet. (You’ve signed up for my mailing list, right?) The conversations I’ve had because of this simple question have been amazing. That information, combined with lively discussions in my DiabetesSisters meetups and online, made me realize there’s a need for a handy, short, easy-to-digest book about carb counting written from a peer support point of view.
Not only will The Pocket Carbohydrate Counter Guide for Diabetes help you better understand the carbs-diabetes connection, it will give tips for measuring carbs (and list some sneaky places where they hide), make your grocery shopping less of a chore, and assist you with meal-planning. Included in the book you’ll find a sample meal plan and a template you can use to plan your own meals.
The first part of the book talks about the science of blood sugar and how carbs are processed by your body. Don’t worry if you hated science in high school! I just explain some basic things like how carbs turn into glucose and why some types of carbs have less of an effect on your blood sugar than others.
I’m a math person, but I get that others don’t share my passion for numbers and data. While the book teaches you how to figure out how many calories and carbs you should eat each day using a few simple formulas, there are also tricks you can use if you don’t want to be bothered with calculations.
What’s included in The Pocket Carbohydrate Counter Guide for Diabetes?
You’ll learn many things from The Pocket Carbohydrate Counter Guide for Diabetes, including:
- Recognizing carbs in the foods you eat
- How to pick the best carbs
- Sneaky places that carbs hide
- The best tools to use for tracking your carb intake
- How to handle special occasions
- The importance of portion control
- Easy ways to estimate carb counts
- The most important information on nutrition labels
- Information about glycemic index and glycemic load
- Tips for meal planning (including sample meal plans)
- How to keep a healthy heart
- Simple ways to manage stress and sleep better
- Ideas for getting some physical activity into your daily routine
- Ways to make grocery shopping less of a chore
- Tips for eating out
- Ideas for healthy snacks
- Resources to help you stay on track
Here’s a sneak peek at the table of contents (pdf format) if you’re interested. I think you will find the book contains simple strategies that will make managing your diabetes much easier.
I hope you have as much fun reading the book as I had writing it!