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12/27/16 10:34 A

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good idea!!

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12/26/16 11:09 A

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NIGHTSKYSTAR,

My idea is simple. If you want to eat fewer calories, generally you want to reduce portion sizes, and that typically means weighing your portions. If your main concern is carbs then it isn't just portion sizes, but the fraction of the item that is carbs plays an important role.

The "Ideal Protein" diet has things that are unlimited in quantity, and other foods that are once every few days, and some things not at all. I was looking for a pattern in what put things on each list. Basically it was the percentage or fraction of them that was carbs.

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12/21/16 12:40 P

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what a great idea James!! I might go one step farther, putting them into either categories or doing it online than asking to alphabetize....so i can find them quicker. I just bought a small notebook for Keto recipes...i think this will go in there too..thank you for the suggestion!

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12/21/16 10:55 A

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Sigh,
I'm just so old school (mostly).

I make a shopping list before I go shopping, all the things I need and want. Then I have a 3 ring binder with paper pages, one per item that I typically buy, arranged alphabetically.

Before I go shopping I find the carb percentage of the things. The nutritiondata website has both brand name stuff, and generic.

Let's say celery, Cheerios and blackberries are on my list.
I google "nutritiondata celery" and find this page:
nutritiondata.self.com/facts/vegetab
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s-and-vegetable-products/2396/2

Find that a 100 gram serving has 3.4 grams of carbs but subtracting 1.6 fibre leaves 1.8 digestible carbs, so celery ranks 1.8%.

I put it in my book with the 1.8% on the page and any other info. Frankly I probably never think about celery again, I just eat it.

Similarly googling "nutritiondata Cheerios" gets 74.7 with 10.1 of that being fibre, leaving 64.6 grams per 100, or 64.6%. I might add this to my binder, as a never buy, never eat.

Lastly blackberries, gets 10.2 but 5.3 of that is fibre, subtracting gets 4.9, so 4.9% digestible carbs. So I will eat small bowls of this, and add the entry to my binder.

If the store item is packaged, in a box with a nutrition label it is easy to pull out the calculator, take the total carbs, subtract fibre and divide by the serving size and slide the decimal over by two. If the serving is in ounces, each ounce is about 28 grams, if in ml, each ml is about 1 gram.

If the item has no label, like red beets, then if I can't figure it out, I write it down to check out when I get home. Like when buying food on a monetary budget, you make a list before you go shopping, similarly when shopping on a carb budget.

If I am carb counting, I do have a digital scale with a zero out feature, so I can quickly multiply the weight by the fraction of carbs indicated in my binder to get the carbs.

Edited by: -JAMES- at: 12/21/2016 (11:17)
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12/21/16 10:01 A

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if you do check out my fitness pal or the spark one, bear in mind people like you and i entered these foods..i found that they dont always do it correctly. for instance..i put in celery..it said it had one carb..so i counted that..it said nothing about fiber, which negates it...(not sure if this is correct just making up an example)
i put my own foods in, using "Hollys keto fudge", or Hollys atkins bars....then i know its correct for what i want to know.
Try Calorie King....theirs has nutrition info....

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12/20/16 11:29 P

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I've seen iPhone apps that supposedly tell you all the carbs. I have not been able to determine which one(s) are the best. The free ones were all over in the reviews, some loved but most were full of complaints. Seemed like more of the apps had either an upfront fee or monthly/annual fees - yet again, the complaints had to do with not getting content they were paying for.

The SparkPeople app does have a food log where you can look up nutrition but it's not really a "carbs only" list. More or a "look everything up and make your own note as to the carbs."

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12/20/16 8:49 A

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i havent seen on but check out my fitness pal...

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I'd like to have a pocket quick reference to the carbs for all fruits and veggies, maybe all foods. I used to have a little calorie book like that. Does anyone know if there is anything like that? Maybe a smartphone app for when I'm shopping?

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