Insulin Pump Demystified

Thursday, January 25, 2007

Helpful new read

Hi Friends--

Whether you are recently diagnosed or a diabetes veteran, pick up a very helpful book: "The Ultimate Guide To Accurate Carb Counting" (The Marlowe Diabetes Library). Written by CDE and diabetes author Gary Scheiner (who wrote the forward to my "Insulin Pump Therapy Demystified"), this guide breaks down the nuances of carb counting with clear explanations that will benefit us all. From how to accurately read lables (did you know to subtract the Fiber listed from the total carb count?)to understanding the glycemic index, Gary Scheiner gives us true guidance to tighten up our carb counting and so improve our diabetes control, while actually giving us a few laughs along the way. Spread the word and add "The Ultimate Guide To Accurate Carb Counting" to your bookshelf. For more info on the Marlowe Diabetes Library, go to

It's been a busy time in my kitchen, as I've been eliminating gluten and casein from all of my cooking because of allergies that my son is having. That means no wheat/white flour, oats, barley and well as no dairy. It's actually been a healthy way to eat--I'm using more brown rice, corn tortialls, lots of fresh vegetables, protein and fruit. My son is still going through withdrawl from bread products and not all of the gluten-free substitutes do it for him. But we're committed and are experimenting to see what works. The best news is that this new approach to cooking and eating is helping my bloos sugars to stay more stable--brown rice pasta, for example, works much better for me than white pasta. And it's actually good! If white flours cause your BG to spike, it might be worth trying the gluten-free path...



  • At 4:59 PM, Blogger Diabetes Diet said…

    Always useful to find guides and info on better diet.

    We're having some success with mixing carb counting with foods that have low GI - it seems to be working well at present.

  • At 11:45 PM, Blogger Scott K. Johnson said…

    One of the most useful things that I got out of that book was the estimate that a typical subway type sandwich has around 8 grams of carbs per inch.

    It's spot on for my normal Monday sandwich run!

  • At 3:15 AM, Blogger Bernard said…


    How did you find this book? I bought it a few weeks ago. But right now it's sitting by my bedside in my 'to be read' pile.

  • At 8:30 PM, Blogger k2 said…

    Gabrielle -

    Gary's a friend of mine and a great guy! I love "How to Think Like A Pancreas."

    I knew about subtracting the fiber from the my carb count. Hence the reason I always try to eat high fiber, so I can eat more???? Does that makes any sense?

    It's my first time stopping by your blog and I like it. I'm impressed about the dietary changes you and your family are making for your son.

    Gary actually mentioned your name to me last year, but things got crazy.

    I clicked on your site tonight and realized that u were the person Gar was talking about - go figure.

    I'll check back again in a few days and feel free to stop by and pay me a visit as well!

    Kelly Kunik

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