How should I track food intake in my diabetes logbook?

Janis Jibrin, MS, RD
Nutrition & Dietetics
For each time period tested, record any food you've eaten. Be specific; for instance, make sure to include precise amounts of food (¾ cup fat-free milk, 1 slice whole wheat toast spread with 2 teaspoons of peanut butter).
Record carbohydrates for the entire meal using food labels or you can look up the carbohydrate content of thousands of foods. For instance, if you had a salad made of 3 cups lettuce (5 grams of carbohydrate), ½ cup grapes (8 grams of carbohydrate), 2/3 cup chicken strips (0 gram of carbohydrate), and olive oil and lemon juice (0 gram of carbohydrate), along with two Wasa Sourdough Crispbreads (18 grams of carbohydrate), your carbohydrate tally would be 5 + 8 + 18, or 31 grams of carbohydrate for that meal.
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