Eating

We know that what you eat has a big impact on your diabetes and your health. When you have diabetes, you need to know how many carbohydrates you are eating to know how much insulin to take. I’ll help you learn how to count carbs like I do. It’s also important to eat healthy foods to be a strong lion like me, so I will help you with that too.

Carb Counting

We learned that carbohydrates affect the amount of insulin that your body needs. You can find out how many grams of carbohydrates are in your food by looking at the label, by looking on a list, or by learning how many carbs are in the foods you eat. The amount of insulin you need for each gram of carbohydrates is something your doctor can tell you. But the first step is learning how to count carbs. To help you do that, I made Carb Counting with Lenny. It’s an app for the iPhone and iPad that makes learning about counting carbs fun and easy with games you can play.

I found some other good websites to help you learn about counting carbs and finding the number of carbs in the foods you eat. Learn more at:

Calorie King

USDA National Nutrient Database

Nutrition Data

Fast Food Facts

If you want to learn more, your doctor can help you find a diabetes educator that you can go to. You can also look on www.medtronicdiabetes.com/events to find a carb counting class near you.

Eating Healthy

Carbohydrates may be the most important thing to keep track of when you have diabetes, but it is important to eat healthy foods if you want to grow up strong like me.

Foods that have a lot of fat aren’t so good for us. Of course, fatty foods are the ones that are often our favorites – like French fries, pizza, cake and ice cream. It doesn’t mean that we can’t ever eat these foods. It just means that we shouldn’t eat them all the time. Instead of always choosing a cheeseburger and fries, we should sometimes choose a turkey sandwich. Instead of always having chips, we should have our favorite vegetables. Instead of choosing ice cream, we should sometimes have fruit instead. Making healthy choices most of the time keeps you feeling good and keeps your body working well. My diabetes educator helps my parents and me work together to find more healthy foods that I like to eat. I bet yours can too.

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