Tracking your Carbs

Dear Friends,

I was at my dietitian the other day, frustrated on this carb counting business esp. when I am traveling and I eat out. I have no Idea how much insulin to take so i OD on it so she suggested this really good website which is helpful for Canadians as well ( THEY EVEN HAVE TIMMY’S ON THERE!!!) anyway, it’s called Calorie King you can search any restaurant or food item and it will list all the nutritional facts EVEN CARBS woo hoo!!
Anyone know of other great websites?

Calorie King is the best! and you can get a great toolbar for easy searching,, and these are all free.

calorieking is awesome, they also have a book that is great for eating out or eating at home. You can see it here:

It’s a must have!

Hi Rizwana, this is definitely a great website and I agree with Jonothan, the book by Calorie King is a must. It is small and can fit in your purse, and not expensive so I got two and am going to leave one at work. The one thing about being on the pump is that once you figure out how much insulin you need for each carb, it can calculate how much insulin you should take when you enter in the # of carbs. So it gives you one less thing to think about, which was helpful for me.

I eat fast food sometimes on the go and out of town and never know what to bolus. So I went on all the fast food sites we stop at, (McDonalds, Taco Bell, Subway, Arbys, etc.) I looked up my favorite foods, then I entered the food and the carb count in the memo field of my cell phone. I never leave home with out my cell, so I always have the info with me.

Lifeform software is what I use. I love it. It’s shareware so you can try it for free and it doesn’t cost all that much to register.

If you use any nutritional software be sure to CHECK PORTION SIZE!

If you read that a muffin is 22 grams, but that muffin portion size is 2 oz, you’re going to have a nasty surprise if you eat a coffee shop muffin that is 7 oz and 77 grams.

Buying a food scale from an upscale kitchen supplies store was the best thing I ever did. I weighed portions of everything for a while, and it really helped me understand the real carb counts in my food. They are always more than I thought.

I have a weighing scale that will also calculate the carbs. That is invaluable for figuring out the carb content of an apple, for example, since they vary so much in size and shape. There are several on the market, I have an Escali Nutritional Scale which cost about $60.

I want to thank you for all the info here I’m just getting back into all of this and there is so much more info out there then when I started. I guess you can teach and old dog new tricks ( just saw that on mythbusters.)

DiabetesMine had a great post recently with tips about carb counting-- check it out!

Yeah… i can vouch for the Calorie King. The book is the best and the website membership is even better. Money well spent !!!

On the calorie king website, they list some things and it says per serving… but what is the serving size?? Does anyone know about this? Am I missing it somewhere? Here is an example of what I am talking about.

This is one “serving” at “Friendly’s Restaurant”. I always doubt how exact the measurements are when the server is probably not weighing the amount of fries though…