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Complete Guide to Carb Counting: How to Take the Mystery Out of Carb Counting and Improve Your Blood Glucose Control [Kindle Edition]

Hope S. Warshaw , Karmeen Kulkarni
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The completely revised Complete Guide to Carb Counting, 3rd edition, by the American Diabetes Association, provides you with the knowledge and the tools to put carbohydrate counting into practice. Rewritten and reorganized to introduce and explain carb counting concepts as you'll need them in your diabetes care plan, you'll learn why carb counting helps you manage your blood sugar, the amount of carb to eat, how to count the carbohydrates in meals, and how to count carbs using food labels, restaurant menus, and your eyes, too. This is THE meal planning system every carb-counting person with diabetes needs to manage their blood glucose.


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Would you like to learn what foods will make your blood sugar rise and how high? How about what your blood sugar levels will be tomorrow and the next day? Wherever you are, whatever meal you eat, the answer is in the amount of carbohydrate you eat. Carb counting unlocks the secrets of blood sugar control and helps you avoid the dangers that can occur when your sugar is too high or too low.

The ADA Complete Guide to Carb Counting provides you with all the knowledge and the tools you need to put carb counting into practice. Whether you choose to do basic carb counting or move on to advanced, you'll learn why carb counting helps control blood sugar, the amount of carb to eat, how to count the carb in your meals, and how to count carbs using food labels, restaurant menus, and your eyes, too. It is THE meal planning system that really helps you tighten up your diabetes control, no matter how you manage your diabetes.

The ADA Complete Guide to Carb Counting includes:

• Everything you need to know about carbs • Carb counts for everyday foods • Checklists to identify the skills you need to count carbs • Stories from people who are using carb counting • How to adjust insulin to the food you eat • More!

From the Back Cover

Would you like to learn what foods will make your blood sugar rise and how high? How about what your blood sugar levels will be tomorrow and the next day? Wherever you are, whatever meal you eat, the answer is in the amount of carbohydrate you eat. Carb counting unlocks the secrets of blood sugar control and helps you avoid the dangers that can occur when your sugar is too high or too low.

The ADA Complete Guide to Carb Counting provides you with all the knowledge and the tools you need to put carb counting into practice. Whether you choose to do basic carb counting or move on to advanced, you'll learn why carb counting helps control blood sugar, the amount of carb to eat, how to count the carb in your meals, and how to count carbs using food labels, restaurant menus, and your eyes, too. It is THE meal planning system that really helps you tighten up your diabetes control, no matter how you manage your diabetes.

The ADA Complete Guide to Carb Counting includes:

  • Everything you need to know about carbs
  • Carb counts for everyday foods
  • Checklists to identify the skills you need to count carbs
  • Stories from people who are using carb counting
  • How to adjust insulin to the food you eat
  • More!

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89 of 93 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars For anyone needing flexible food choices July 4, 2001
Format:Paperback
Complete Guide To Carb Counting is an excellent how-to-guide for anyone needing flexible food choices as they balance today's modern lifestyles with the need for blood sugar control. It is very possible for diabetics to fit in all the foods they care to eat ranging from home cooked meals to convenience foods, to elegant restaurant cuisines by controlling their carbohydrate intake. Complete Guide To Carb Counting is an American Diabetes Association reference offering an A to Z carbohydrate counting guide and instructions for everything necessary to better diabetes management. If you, a family member, or a friend must control blood sugar levels to insure good personal health, then Complete Guide To Carb Counting, enhanced with record keeping forms and real life stories from people using carb counting techniques, is a "must read" reference.
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34 of 36 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A very standard ADA primer April 20, 2012
By carb101
Format:Paperback
If you have any experience carb counting, this book is not going to add to your knowledge base. It takes a very standard, ADA approach to carbs: 45% - 65% of your daily calories from carbs, eat the same number of carbs per meal (i.e. breakfasts the same, lunches the same, etc.), estimate your carbs by 15 (1/2 a banana, 1/2 C. mashed potato, 1 slice bread all equal 15 carbs), and rely on your health-care team to make decisions about your diet.

The chapters are:
What is carb counting
Basic carb counting
Keeping track (food logs)
Protein, fat, and alcohol count, too
Weighing and measuring food: A key to your success
The food label has the facts
Carb counting in real life: How to count convenience foods & recipes
Carb counting in real life: How to count restaurant meals & take out food
Blood glucose pattern management: Fine-tuning your control
Blood glucose-lowering medications & insulin
Advanced carb counting (definitely the most sophisticated chapter in the book)
Cornerstones (sources of support)

Plus three appendices:
Carb counts of everyday foods (just 12 pages)
Carb counting resources (websites and books)
Record-keeping forms

As far as I'm concerned, this book should only be the beginning because there is so much more to diabetes control that the very basic information presented in The Complete Guide to Carb Counting.
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Practical and Complete! July 1, 2011
Format:Paperback
I love this book!
Very thorough and complete. All the information you need is here.
I like the conversational style of writing.
Gives you 'self-assessments' to determine if you are ready to move on to the next step. I like that.
I like that each step of the carb counting process is spelled out for you. It really gives you all the tools you need to 'do it yourself'.
I like the 'How To's'; very practical.
This book provides resources to find the carb counts of various foods-websites, books, etc. It is not assumed that every food you eat will be found in this book.
It gives specific examples and ways to modify meals to make them healthier when eating out and at home! For example, practical tips for eating pizza!
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback
This book provides a step-by-step process to successfully carb count. I especially liked the table in the back that listed the carb content of various foods.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Complete Guide to Carb Counting, 3rd edition June 27, 2011
By Sandra
Format:Paperback
This is an excellent book for both consumers and professionals. It is a comprehensive resource for basic carb counting and advanced carb counting. Because of the detail, it may be a bit overwhelming for those new to carb counting.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback
The authors present clear directions on putting carbohydrate counting into practice. Their presentation of real-world cases lends context the main points. Readers will be better able to translate and apply carbohydrate counting to their personal situation.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great resource for anyone with diabetes June 25, 2011
Format:Paperback
This book is a great resource for anyone with diabetes, newly diagnosed or who has had diabetes for years. This book teaches you how to account for the carbohydrates you are eating. It reviews how determine carbohydrates in your own personal recipes, in foods from restarants and from food that you purchase at the grocery store and then how to track your carbohydrate intake.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Complete Guide to Carb Counting 3rd Ed June 19, 2011
Format:Paperback
An easy-to-read REAL LIFE guide to carb counting. A MUST READ for everyone with diabetes, as this book is much more than just carb counting.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book for diabetics
Very good handbook for those trying to take good care of diabetes. A good overview of how it works. It really helped me.
Published 6 days ago by Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Read
This book was very useful to me when I was first diagnosed with diabetes. It pretty well answered most of my questions and gives a lot of helpful information for newly diagnosed... Read more
Published 6 days ago by Frederick T. Rutter
5.0 out of 5 stars STRUGGLES
I struggle alot with my food choices.
Published 11 days ago by KathyMc
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love the book !! Very helpful.
Published 22 days ago by catherine brush
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A great start to understanding the effect of carbohydrates in your diet, especially for diabetics.
Published 1 month ago by Donna Heintz
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
GREAT
Published 1 month ago by gary l kane
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read for any diabetic
I really learned a lot from this book. I knew how to carb count but this book made me understand how to carb count for better control. I recommend this book!!
Published 1 month ago by Mel Klaus
5.0 out of 5 stars A good book to understand carbs
I sent this to a new diabetic,A good book to understand carbs.
Published 1 month ago by Barbara Combs
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent seller!!
Excellent service, good quality books!
Published 1 month ago by Sharon Starbuck
5.0 out of 5 stars Carb counting done well
Handy good info
Published 2 months ago by Lady May
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More About the Author

Hope is a dietitian and diabetes educator who's proud to put the credentials, RD, CDE, BC-ADM, after her name. Her work today spans from book author and spokesperson to corporate consultant and freelance writer. She owns a consulting practice, Hope Warshaw Associates, LLC, in Northern Virginia.

Hope is particularly well-known for her expertise in diabetes nutrition management and healthy restaurant eating. Hope has long been committed to her profession both locally and nationally. In 2015 she's serving as President-elect of American Association of Diabetes Educators.

Regardless of the hat Hope wears, she strives to offer practical solutions to eating healthy and living well in today's fast-paced world. Hope practices what she preaches to stay healthy and trim, whether it's splitting entrees at restaurants, serving beans and vegetables at home or walking a couple miles as the sun comes up. Hope is passionate about helping people eat healthier to live well.

Hope's website is hopewarshaw.com. Follow her on Twitter at @HopeWarshaw and on Facebook at EatHealthyLiveWell.

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