When I first saw the diabetician at Princeton Health Care she suggested a book called CalorieKing. This book has been a great help to me as I learn about the nutritional information about different foods. I thought bread was bread until I read this book. Some brands of bread can have as little as 13g of carbohydrate per slice or as much as 21g per slice.
At first I only brought food from home as I had very little information on the nutritional information for the menus for the restaurants in my area. I felt left out as my coworkers went out for lunch without me. I had resigned myself to eating alone at my desk. Then I started carrying around the CalorieKing book so that I could look-up restaurants so I could join my coworkers at lunch time. However, there were only a few ( 2 or 3 ) restaurants that I could feel comfortable eating at. My wife also needed the book to help her make dinner.
However, I soon discovered that the CalorieKing book has a web site. And on that web site I could look-up nutritional information and that their was more on the web site than in the book. I was elated. I found information for almost all the chain restaurants in my local area including my favourite Quizno’s.
My wife suggested I start a food journal so that I could track what I ate and the amount etc. Being a technology professional I of course looked for a software solution. I thought maybe I could use Excel or Word. However, that soon became too tedious for me; looking things up on CaloreKing.com and then entering each item. Then I had to remember what I ate for lunch so that I could write it down when I came home. Too much. Back to CalorieKing.com and the awesome software package that lets me enter the servings for almost everything I eat and have the nutritional information automatically entered for me. Now I can see how much fat I am eating ( too much ) and how many calories. I love this software. I can even save some favourite home made meals so that it’s a one click to add to my log.