Posts Tagged ‘carb counting’

45 Years And Still Counting by Catherine P. Lawrence

April 24, 2014
Catherine Lawrence

Catherine Lawrence

On May’s Diabetes Late Nite podcast, the happy healthcare host, Mr. Divabetic interviews Catherine Lawrence about living with diabetes for 45 years scheduled for Tuesday, May 13, 2014, 6 PM, EST.

Catherine shares her experiences and insights of living with diabetes for over four decades and the changes in self-care she has seen over the years:

Many things have changed since I was diagnosed with diabetes at age 9 in 1969. Most of the daily testing equipment and testing routines at that time are so archiac now that I will fast forward to the present.

I believe that the standard for me is the counting of carbohydrates, which I learned when I started to use an insulin pump over 12 years ago. It is truly a way of life that I have found to be easy and so effective. Counting carbs was a very good new approach because a majority of the information I need is on the food label. The transition fron counting calories to reading a label that lists so much, including carbs, is simple and more precise.

Another large factor in my diabetic routine is the testing of my blood sugar. When I compare using a test tube and dropper then going to a machine that was the size of a tape player early on in my diabetic life, testing my blood sugar today is a piece of cake (sugar free of course.) The fact that I can test at any time, any place has simplified my life. And, let me emphasize how very important it is to test. To be able to get that ever important number, at a moments notice, can be a life saver.

Add to all of this is the invention of the insulin pump. For me, it changed everything. I just could not believe that there were going to be no more daily injections; no more having to carry around a vial of insulin (and keep it cool) and finding a “private” place in which to take that injection. I also learned that diabetes DOES NOT have to be hidden and should NEVER be an embarassment. It was a big adjustment with a learning curve that was very attainable. Commitment and honesty were essential in getting on the pump. It is an accomplishment I am very proud of.

Last, but not least, I TALK WITH MY DOCTOR. I let him know what is going on in my life so adjustments can be made when necessary. He wants to help but sometimes I need to be my own advocate when sitting in his office.

Along with help from my doctor, Certified Diabetes Educator, a Registered Dietician and support from my spouse (my husband has a good understanding and gives me input) I can live very well with diabetes.

Share your ‘Diagnosis to DIVA’ story with Divabetic and help inspire others to take charge of their diabetes. E-mail: mrdivabetic@gmail.com

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DON’T MISS: Diabetes Late Inspired by Doris Day on Tuesday, May 13, 2014, 6 PM, ESt.

SweetBee Plate Mate Makes Counting Carbs Easy!

September 20, 2013
Divabetic mhealth reviews

Divabetic mhealth reviews

So many apps, so little time. Are you confused about what apps are really worth your time? The happy healthcare host, Mr. Divabetic  and his team of educators will be reviewing free mobile apps at this year’s ADA Expo in Pittsburgh, PA on Saturday, November 9, 2013.

Here’s one app that caught our eye:

The Sweetbee Plate Mate ® application, from Belgium shows in a simple and visual way what’s on your plate. You can keep track of your carbohydrate, calorie intake and your blood sugar levels. Set and realize that your own goals. With more than 200 food products you can make endless combinations and get healthy inspiration. In a few seconds your virtual meal is ready.

The screen features empty dinner and salad plates and a glass. You drag pictures of food items and beverages on to the plates and glass. You can resize food and drink items to fit your weight management goals. Once you create your virtual meal, the app totals the calories, carbohydrates and more.

This free app seems like it would be useful for anybody interested in weight management.

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Mr Divabetic and his merry band of certified diabetes educators will be reviewing more free mobile apps at the upcoming ADA Expo in Pittsburgh, PA on Saturday, November 9, 2013. For more information go to: www.divabetic.org

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Carb Kitty Game Video debuts on dLifeTV

February 18, 2013
Carb Kitty - Meow with a wow!

Carb Kitty – Meow with a wow!

Last night dLifeTV  aired the first Carb Kitty video game in one of their episodes. Can we say, ‘MEOW with a WOW!’??

The Carb Kitty video game series was inspired by a mother of child living with type 1 diabetes who attended the Taking Control Of Your Diabetes (TCOYD) Conference & Health Fair in Tampa, FL. She asked me to create a video game about ‘carb counting.’ It’s exciting to share these videos with the dLifeTV community. I’m now working on developing Carb Kitty into diabetes app.

The goal of the videos is to spark interest in learning more about carbohydrate counting with a registered dietitian.  I want to thank Dr. Steve Edelman and the wonderful TCOYD team for inviting me to Tampa!

Eight years ago, dLifeTV launched the first ever television broadcast show bringing diabetes education and inspiration right into your home every Sunday. Hundreds of stories later, thousands of lives changed, dLife continues to bring you entertaining diabetes education, but now through a new channel—online.  It will be the same great show, same time, just in a different place.

GUESS WHAT? I started Divabetic in the basement of the dLife studios when they had live audiences eight years ago. I volunteered to entertain the studio audience prior to the tapings with Mama Rose Marie and Stan the Announcer Man. We had an incredible time working together with Howard and the team to create an entertaining and informative approach to diabetes education. It was at these tapings that I met two of the most fabulous ‘Divabetics’:  Mother Love and Nicole Johnson.

So tune in Sundays at 7pm ET / 4pm PT at www.dLifeTV.com for all new shows each week with the same people you know and love. You’ll find Jim Turner’s takes on life with diabetes in only the way he can; stories from real people struggling and achieving with diabetes just like you; and cooking tips from chef Michel Nischan in the dLife Kitchen.

Next Carb Kitty air dates are:  March 3, March 10 and March 17, 2013.

How To Make Every Carb Count!

June 14, 2012

Carbohydrates (“carbs”) can be counted 2 ways: by grams or by carb choices. Remember: 1 carb choice = 15 grams of carbohydrate. Mr. Divabetic’s educational game, Carb Kitty, makes counting carbs fun. See Mr. Divabetic perform live in these cities: Philadelphia, PA, American Diabetes Association (ADA) Expos – Pittsburgh, PA and New York, NY, Taking Control Of Your Diabetes (TCOYD) Conferences & Health Fair – Washington, DC, Taking Control Of Your Diabetes (TCOYD) Conference & Health Fairs – Raleigh, NC and special appearances in Los Angeles, CA, Philadelphia, PA and more! For more games, glucose inspiration and glamour go to: www.divabetic.org

Diabetes Saturday Morning Cartoons

June 9, 2012

Divabetic presents a unique new series on diabetes myths and misconceptions that we hope gets you to smile. Our newest Diabetes Myth Busters adds a Project Runway twist to learning about diabetes. There are many myths about diabetes that make it difficult for people to believe some of the hard facts — such as diabetes is a serious and potentially deadly disease. Get the facts and fight back. Keep your house a home!

Carbohydrates (“carbs”) can be counted 2 ways: by grams or by carb choices. Remember: 1 carb choice = 15 grams of carbohydrate. Mr. Divabetic’s educational game, Carb Kitty, makes counting carbs fun. See Mr. Divabetic perform live at: American Diabetes Association (ADA) Expos – Pittsburgh, PA and New York, NY and Taking Control Of Your Diabetes (TCOYD) Conference & Health Fairs – Austin, TX a

From Divabetic’s free monthly podcasts, Diva TalkRadio – Diabetes Roundtable & Studio d to our videos and live stage show games we aim to help you learn to better manage your diabetes. Visit www.divabetic.org for more glitter, glucose and games.

Wednesday’s World Premiere Video: New Carb Kitty

May 9, 2012

Carbohydrates (“carbs”) can be counted 2 ways: by grams or by carb choices. Remember: 1 carb choice = 15 grams of carbohydrate. Mr. Divabetic’s educational game, Carb Kitty, makes counting carbs fun. See Mr. Divabetic perform live at: The American Diabetes Association (ADA) Expos – Pittsburgh, PA and New York, NY, Taking Control Of Your Diabetes (TCOYD) – Raleigh, NC and special appearances in Los Angeles, CA, Philadelphia, PA and more!

For more games, glucose inspiration and glamour go to: www.divabetic.org

Kick Butt At Carbohydrate Counting!

May 2, 2012

Carbohydrates (“carbs”) can be counted 2 ways: by grams or by carb choices. Remember: 1 carb choice = 15 grams of carbohydrate. Mr. Divabetic’s educational game, Carb Kitty, makes counting carbs fun. See Mr. Divabetic perform live at: American Diabetes Association (ADA) Expos – Pittsburgh, PA and New York, NY, Taking Control Of Your Diabetes (TCOYD) Conferences & Health Fair – Washington, DC, Taking Control Of Your Diabetes (TCOYD) Conference & Health Fairs – Raleigh, NC and special appearances in Los Angeles, CA, Philadelphia, PA and more!

For more games, glucose inspiration and glamour go to: www.divabetic.org

World Premiere Video: Carb Kitty Game #6

April 25, 2012

Carbohydrates (“carbs”) can be counted 2 ways: by grams or by carb choices. Remember: 1 carb choice = 15 grams of carbohydrate. The happy healthcare host, Mr. Divabetic‘s educational game, Carb Kitty, makes counting carbs fun.

See Mr. Divabetic perform live at the Taking Control Of Your Diabetes (TCOYD) Conferences & Health Fair in Raleigh, NC on Saturday, May 19, 2012.

For more games, glucose inspiration and glamour go to: www.divabetic.org

Saturday Cartoons on Carbs

April 21, 2012

Carbohydrates (“carbs”) can be counted 2 ways: by grams or by carb choices. Remember: 1 carb choice = 15 grams of carbohydrate.

Mr. Divabetic‘s educational game, Carb Kitty Game, makes counting carbs fun. Experience Mr. Divabetic‘s live stage show in these cities: Philadelphia, PA, American Diabetes Association (ADA) Expo – Pittsburgh, PA and New York, NY, Taking Control Of Your Diabetes (TCOYD) Conference & Health Fair – Raleigh, NC, special appearances in Los Angeles, CA, Washington, DC and more! For more games, glucose inspiration and glamour go to the GAMES page of: www.divabetic.org

Confused About Carbs?

April 9, 2012

Carbohydrates (“carbs”) can be counted 2 ways: by grams or by carb choices. Remember: 1 carb choice = 15 grams of carbohydrate.

The happy healthcare host, Mr. Divabetic talks with Divabetic Club leader, Neva White, MSN, CRNP, CDE about how carbohydate counting can benefit people living with diabetes. Mr. Divabetic‘s educational game, Carb Kitty, makes counting carbs fun. See Mr. Divabetic perform live at: American Diabetes Association (ADA) Expos – Pittsburgh, PA and New York, NY, Taking Control Of Your Diabetes (TCOYD) Conferences & Health Fair – Washington, DC, Taking Control Of Your Diabetes (TCOYD) Conference & Health Fairs – Raleigh, NC and special appearances in Los Angeles, CA, Philadelphia, PA and more! For more games, glucose inspiration and glamour go to: www.divabetic.org


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