Crab counting crustaceans

By | 15 January, 2010
Crab counting

Crab counting

During the summer last year we went round to some friends of ours for a dinner party. Yes, a dinner party – now that I have reached my thirties, I no longer have the desire to frequent sweaty nightclubs of a Saturday night, downing expensive, sticky drinks and being much, much too close to the dripping unwashed masses.

So being unrelenting and incurably middle class, I now spend Saturday nights with friends, supping fine wines and discussing the issues of the day (I say that, but this particular dinner party ended up being somewhat rowdy, with broken glasses and minor chaos – we eventually left our host in the early hours with an uncontrollable bout of booze-induced hiccups).

Anyway, I digress. I bring up the whole dinner-party thing because I noticed on that particular evening that our host had a rather fancy-pants set of scales which gave you the various nutritional values of whatever you happened to be weighing. I saw that it did carbohydrates and duly lodged this diabetic-friendly piece of information away in the recesses of my brain.

So it came to pass that when our crappy set of TESCO scales gave up the ghost (thanks TESCO – that was £12 well spent, I think not) I finally fulfilled my ambition and purchased a set of said fancy-pants scales.

As I think I’ve mentioned before, I religiously carb count. I mean religiously in that I strictly carb count about as frequently as I attend church (once on Christmas Eve and the occasional wedding). Most of the time I fly solo and make an educated guess for carb contents and insulin doses. But every once in a while I properly check and log everything for a week or so – sort of like a diabetes refresher course – to check I’m doing things well.

It’s therefore when I’m doing a periodic refresher that these scales really come into their own. Can’t be bothered to work out the carb content of your glass of breakfast orange juice? Easy – just bung the glass on the fancy scales, hit 878 (the code for orange juice), fill up with orange and hey presto! up comes the carb content for that exact amount of fruity juicy goodness. Yum!

Using the internal memory, you can quickly tot up the total carb content of your entire breakfast (which is usually, for me, a pint of heavy claret and a whole roast pheasant and trimmings) and log and inject accordingly.

So while not entirely world-shattering, my new fancy-pants scales are actually quite good with helping me to carb count. More importantly, they look really cool. So – in summary – they’re probably a worthwhile spend of £36. If you care, my Salter “Nutri-weigh Slim” electronic scale can be found on the John Lewis web site; if you don’t care, what technology-of-the-future do you use to help carb count?

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About Tim

Diagnosed with Type One when he was 28, Tim founded Shoot Up in 2009. For the diabetes geeks, he wears a Medtronic 640G insulin pump filled with Humalog and uses Abbott's Libre flash glucose monitor.

14 thoughts on “Crab counting crustaceans

  1. Rachel

    Hello – I found out about these on my DAFNE course. Lloyds chemist also do some for £10. I still find myself working it all out myself, I think I have control issues. Do you find they are accurate?

  2. Ckoei

    After an exhaustive searching travail (1g-discerning scales are not freely available in SA if you’re not a member of Weight Watchers or a diamond smuggler), a family friend brought me a plain-pants Salter from the UK. I then have to use my remaining smidgen of high school math or send the measured weights via mobile to LightBulbLand for a serving of crabs.

  3. Osob

    I love the carb counting scales I got one from Lidl for 8pound a bargain or what!
    I dont use it as often as I thought I would still stuck in my old ways with the working out but it is so much better and easier.
    Great post by the way.

  4. Terry Ozbourne

    I don’t need scales, being a crusty old T2, I know that if I eat I’m going to go hyper if I don’t shoot up half a litre or so of NovoRapid so, like Tim, I count carbs as often as I go to church. As I’m an atheist and won’t even enter a church for hatches, matches and dispatches I’ll leave you to draw your own conclusions.

    I agree, great post, and I loved the Glossary!

  5. Dave

    I’m in need of some new scales as the last lot packed and Adam the Pump gets fitted today.

    Are you still using these ones @tim?

  6. Dave

    I’m in need of some new scales as the last lot packed in and Adam the Pump gets fitted today.

    Are you still using these ones @tim?

  7. Dave

    Excellent. Thanks Tim. I’ve found them for £22 on t’Ebay so that’s that sorted.

  8. Dave

    Primarily because my son’s school had a ‘Name the Goldfish’ competition and Joe’s suggestion of Adam didn’t win but I thought it was a perfectly good suggestion as a name for anything.

    So when I decided ‘it’ needed a name I already had one ready and waiting. What’s yours called?

  9. Tim Post author

    Ahh – fair enough! Mine’s called Englebert Pumperdinck. Obviously.

  10. Bellebe

    @Tim – are those scales actually very good? I have these ones – and frankly they are rubbish. They are in a drawer and have been used probably about twice. If you put a plate on them with stuff to weigh you can’t use the little calculator thingie or see the screen, but the size of the weghying area is so small you can literally only fit on it food as small as the 6 grapes shown in the picture. (far be it from me to actually want to weigh or eat a ‘normal’ size portion of potato for example!)

    The calculator thingie is pretty rubbish too – having to text/type in the food type and up/down till you find a food that may or may not resemble what you’re looking for/is on your plate. I find it much easier to just weigh stuff on normal scales and use a normal calculator to do the maths bit…
    Having said that (ranted!), being a bit of a tech/gadget junkie I would love to be convinced otherwise if the seemingly newer version that you refer to actually works!

  11. Tim Post author

    They don’t seem to be too bad – there’s just enough room to balance a plate and see the carb output. Food types are entered through codes – and you quickly learn that 636 is pasta, 243 is rice and so on. I actually find I only bother measuring the really high carb things – rice, pasta, etc. – so there aren’t many codes to learn.


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