The Official Pocket Guide to Diabetic Exchanges 1st Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-1580400039
ISBN-10: 1580400035
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 64 pages
  • Publisher: American Diabetes Association; 1 edition (March 1, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1580400035
  • ISBN-13: 978-1580400039
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 3.7 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (347 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,595,097 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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63 of 63 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on August 2, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I've purchased a previous edition of this book in paper and just bought the new edition for Kindle. The information is primarily the carb counts of basic foods, like an ounce of most breads is 1 carb exchange, how many cups or ounces of a certain fruit make 1 carb exchange. This is what I use at home on a daily basis in getting portion sizes correct. The paper edition is small enough to fit in a purse or shirt pocket and because it's so small it's more likely to be brought than a big book. We've previously purchased a bigger book that lists nutritional info for popular menu items at specific restaurants and it sits at home.

I would rate the paper version 5 stars, but subtracted 1 star on the Kindle edition I just bought due to formatting. Some of the tables are sideways in the book. With a paper book, you just turn it, but on my tablet when I turn it to view the page right side up, it rotates and remains sideways. Annoying, but I would have still bought it because I like this tiny book and can find what I'm looking for quickly.
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94 of 97 people found the following review helpful By sandstress on August 6, 2006
Format: Paperback
This is exactly what my dietician wrote up for me to follow yet in a condensed, easy to follow, easy to tote reference. It outlines a basic plan for eating. For me, knowing the amount of calories per serving for each of the food groups really helped.

By following these healthful habits, I was able to get back to my pre-pregnancy weight (lost over 30 pounds in 8 weeks) while eating 1500 to 1800 calories without feeling hungry or deprived. Working out 6 weeks prior to following this plan (and prior to meeting with a dietician) without changing my diet brought no weight loss even though my fitness level increased.

This pocket guide isn't just for diabetics.
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70 of 72 people found the following review helpful By Fred on October 27, 2002
Format: Paperback
This is the pocket version of the American Diabetes Association Exchange Diet Plan. Although it is not comprehensive, it does give examples of enough foods in each category to be able to determine the exchanges for other foods which are not listed. Also contains a section on Combination foods and Fast foods.
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67 of 71 people found the following review helpful By Grandma Chicken on April 14, 2012
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This is a WONDERFUL tool for someone who is NEW to Managing Diabetes. Have bought and given to Friends and Relatives.
What I like best: Small (a soft cover Mini-book) so it fits in your "Pocket" or pocketbook so You can LIVE WITH IT!

When I was first diagnosed with type 2 Diabetes "Exchanges" was something I had never heard of.

I became acquainted with Exchanges and found that Choose Your Foods contains very useful and USEABLE information because basically EXCHANGES are just lists of foods broken down into categories, serving sizes and number of calories in the serving. It leads you gently into becoming a Label Reader when grocery shopping or ordering a Side Salad & choosing the right salad dressing instead of Fries at McDonalds.

Eating is Social, so you QUICKLY learn how to still enjoy Lunch OR Dinner with friends at any restaurant, but still maintain control of your Diabetes.

If you always have it with you.....you can use it.
Success in managing Diabetes is directly dependent on You and your Eating Choices so this little book will definitely be an important tool in your arsenal of weapons to Fight Diabetes and Win.
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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful By C. Wages on August 16, 2005
Format: Paperback
Packed with more information than some larger books. Small enough to carry with you. Very impressive. Would recommend.
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Buffalo Gal on January 4, 2007
Format: Paperback
I purchased this picket guide right after being diagnosed with Type 2 and it has been the best thing I could have done. Because of its size, I keep it with me all the time and constantly check it when trying to make food decisions. Don't know what I would do without it.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Melinda Brewer on March 22, 2007
Format: Paperback
This little booklet is great for those who are going to track diabetic exchanges, and it gives you a good idea of typical/appropriate portion sizes. But unless you're really going to track exchanges (I use a different method), skip it. No frills, but does the one job well.
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51 of 60 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 14, 2000
Format: Paperback
this is a handy reference to have with you when you are out. however, it is neither comprehensive nor exhaustive.
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