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Diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes in April of 1980. I recognize the incredible mental struggle of living with diabetes. I hope to share my struggles, my successes, and everything in between.

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

A Picture, An Announcement, and A Tool I Can Use!

The Picture

I totally picture some sluff sleeping on the job at one of those pill separator contraptions. I don't mind a busted up pill, but please include BOTH HALVES!

The Announcement
Gina over at DTF asked me to spread the word on a very cool chat they have scheduled for this approaching Sunday evening. Dr. Robert Elliot will be the special guest and he will be talking about Porcine Cell Transplantation. Please do go check out the details at!

The Tool
There's this little website called Calorie King. You may not have heard of it before. That is unless you (or a loved one) lives with diabetes!! Calorie King is, by far, the best resource I have found for carbohydrate counts on almost any food item you can think of. It is a fantastic website that you can search for a food item that you want details on (carb grams for example). It rocks.

Very cool. Unless you are out and about with no computer. I've actually got a few of their small and portable books stashed in strategic locations - but I rarely have one with me when I need it. The other downside to the printed media is that when new foods hit the streets, they will not be in the book until the next edition. New foods appear in their main, web "searchable", database very quickly. Cheesy Tots (werd up) for example.

I've been pestering them for a couple years to update their very old and outdated pocket pc software, but they never acknowledged any real efforts to update it. Now I see why.

Enter "CalorieKing Mobile"! Yes - that's right MOBILE!! Now with any web enabled cell phone (or Pocket PC!) I can now search the vast (over 50,000 items) food database and get accurate carb counts on my food items. I just have to point my mobile browser at and I am presented with a screen that allows me to search the database. I can also log in to my member account (which I will now renew!) and use it to keep track of my total calorie balance (calories in / calories out) per day.

I'm personally very excited about this, and am glad that CalorieKing has made a tool that can keep us in charge of our foods where we most often need them most. Good stuff CK, good stuff.

Did I mention that searching the food database is completely free? How cool is that. They have the best database around, and everyone can use it completely free. There are charges to take advantage of their other helpful services (CK University, tracking daily nutrients, etc), but they are really well worth the price they are asking. Go check it out.


Blogger Amylia said...

Hmmm....I don't know what I'm more exicted about--a new blog post from you or the Calorie King info. I love Calorie King, but in Taiwan it's not as useful. I'll definitely keep in as an online resource, though.

Thanks for passing along the info and for commenting on my blog. :)

10:10 PM  
Anonymous Jeff said...

Thanks for the heads up on Calorie King, Scott. It seems like a great reference.

7:11 AM  
Blogger Bernard said...

Thanks Scott for the info on CalorieKing. This might actually make me break down and get a phone that can do mobile web browsing.

The Animas pump has the Calorie King database built into it, but I'll bet it's always a little behind. Still it's pretty handy.

7:45 AM  
Blogger Molly said...

I love Calorie King too! The mobile part seems cool... I'd love to have that info at my fingertips when I'm out and about.

8:03 AM  
Blogger Lili said...

Sadly, it's still cheaper for me to pay for Calorie King on my Palm than to pay for data charges. Still, it always gets updated and I use it every day.

2:22 PM  
Blogger Minnesota Nice said...

Do we really want to know the numbers on Cheesy Tots? (I think not.)
I also love Calorie King, especially for the obscure stuff.
I used to use the USDA's "nutritional content of foods" site, but it was hard to wade through.
Each thing that makes our db lives easier is something to celebrate.

4:42 PM  
Blogger Wingman said...

I actually downloaded the calorie king software to my palm pilot - it is my life line!

2:32 PM  
Blogger Chris said...

We dont use that us much as we should. Since Emma eats like a bird we are pretty good right now. But i have now got it on my faves on my blackberry and will use it more now that Emma is growing.
Now my blackberry will really be my crackberry with my sports scores, and now counting carbs...yikes.

3:44 PM  
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10:51 PM  
Blogger George said...

Calorie King Mobile + A New Blackberry = 1 HAPPY NINJA!

10:43 PM  
Blogger Bernard said...

Hey Scott would you like to get involved in our Diabetes365 project? All you need is a camera and some dedication. No wait, a lot of dedication and some perseverance.

7:51 PM  
Anonymous Sue said...

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8:50 PM  

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