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Friday, October 26, 2018

Book Review—The Pocket Carbohydrate Counter Guide for Diabetes


Everyone needs to read this book. Rarely am I this enthusiastic about a book. The title of the book is The Pocket Carbohydrate Counter Guide for Diabetes. The author is Shelby Kinnaird. I have admired her blog for sometime, The DiabeticFoodie.com. I have found her recipes to be imaginative, visually appealing and easy to follow. Her easy to follow and pragmatic approach is the same approach she has offered in her first book.


Shelby Kinnaird tackles complex subject matter in a straightforward manner that is easy to understand. She walks you through from the beginning so we can understand the “Science of Blood Sugar” and how this knowledge then informs us on why paying attention to the amount of carbohydrates we eat as well as the type of carbohydrates we consume is so important to our health, especially for those living with diabetes. As she writes, —“One thing I’ve learned is that everyone needs education and tools to help them stay on track with their diet—especially handling those pesky carbs.”

Ms. Kinnaird takes this understanding and then applies it to our real lives to help us understand how to measure our carbs, where they are hidden in our foods, as well as how to make better choices about the food we eat. She even gives us helpful tips for when we go out to eat and when we go grocery shopping. And as if that wasn’t enough, she additionally offers a glossary of terms and resources so as we continue to learn and need support we will have it right at our fingertips.

Shelby is a person living with diabetes. It is clear in her book that she has deep understanding of the subject matter and lives by the information she shares. Towards the back of the book in chapter 11 (page 99) she shares her Ten Tips for Staying on Track. As she states, by just following these tips, you “will improve your diet, blood sugar control and overall health.”

Living healthy and eating healthy is relevant to us all. It can be life or death for a person living with diabetes. Understanding what diabetes is and how to manage it is critical whether you have prediabetes, type 1, type 2, LADA, or gestational diabetes. This book is a true guide to understanding and managing diabetes.

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