# Re: [IPk] Carbohydrate books?

```In message <email @ redacted>, email @ redacted writes
>When the Minimed (or disetronic) nurse comes to visit, does she give you
>printed guidelines or do you think I should buy some books before she visits?

I was put on the pump by the specialist nurse at Guys, and she gave me
some photocopied sheets with common foodstuffs on it (but since I was

I think it would be worth getting the book 'pumping insulin' from the
library, and seeing if that's enough for you on the 'how to' do carb.
assessment.

Depending on how / what you eat, you may not need to buy one of the
books which tell you how much carbohydrate is in stuff.

Try seeing if you can calculate how much carb is in each of your meals
and snacks for the next few days - you may find that there is very
little that you don't know (e.g. the milk has it on the bottle, the
cereals has it on the packet, the coffee jar doen't say, the bread has
it on the packet, the cheese has it on the packet, the pickle has it on
the jar, the lettuce didn't come in a packet, the apples didn't come in
a packet, and so on.

Some things will be easier to guestimate than others - e.g. the milk
will tell you that it is 5g. per 100ml, and you can put the milk in a
measuring jug, make a note of how much is in the jug, pour out how much
you want, and multiply up the 5g by however many ml you used.  Working
out how much cho was in a knifeful of pickle when there is 34g CHO per
100g (knowing that there was 300g of pickle in the jar isn't much help
when you can't guess how many sandwiches-worth of pickle are in a jar!).

For the first few days of pumping, you might want to stick to foods that
you can calculate (either from the packet or from hand-out sheets), and
then buy a book depending on how often you end up looking at something
and having to guess what it's CHO value is (and whether or not you can
find a book with the CHO values in - many of us would like a little book
with the CHO value of noodle dishes in every Asian restaurant in the
country, or at least what a typical lassi has in it - but most guides,
including the GEM one assume that we're stuck, diet-wise, some time
around 1982.  (That's progress, we used to be stuck around 1952).  And
don't get me started on why alcoholic drinks in this country don't have
the CHO value on them.

With best wishes,

Pat
dm 30+, 508 1+, probably stuck, diet-wise, in about 1992 - preferring
watercress to rocket, and getting confused by coffees ('I just want an
expresso, a _normale_, capisce?')

--
Pat Reynolds
email @ redacted
"It might look a bit messy now, but just you come back in 500 years time"
(T. Pratchett)
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