Lunch was over and I was getting ready to make some notes for my food journal.  I’m keeping one for a few days to see if there are any discoveries I can make that will help me lose a couple of pounds.  You never know what little surprises might pop-up, right?

So, I check the food label – something I never read before I was diagnosed with Diabetes.  Yep, just about 40 carbs.  Just what I remembered from when I first looked at it three years ago. Then I looked at the number of servings in a container.  Busted!  There are “about 2” servings in a container.  Two small servings I might add.  That means instead of the 40 carbs I thought I was eating, I was getting 80 carbs. Not good.

If you find food labels confusing or hard to read, take a look at this video – I learned a couple of things from it.

Do you have any idea how humbling it was for me to find I didn’t read the label correctly?  And, for coming on here and admitting it?  I feel so incredibly dumb.  I had checked it a couple of years ago, and did not look again.  Guess what I am going to be doing over the next few days and weeks?  Reading a bunch of labels!  Knowing what you eat and how much you are eating is really crucial to controlling Diabetes.

There’s a very obvious lesson here.  When you begin your War On Diabetes, or if you are fighting Prediabetes, you should be reading labels to learn what you are really eating and the amounts of carbs or calories you are getting.  The more labels you look at, the more educated you become.  You just get better at reading them – it just happens due to experience.   And, that video can help you know how to read the label.

Learn from my error.  It might be time to go back and read those labels, again.  Educate yourself and win your War On Diabetes.

As always, thank you for reading.

Guess what I won’t be having for lunch, again.


I am not a doctor or health professional. I am just a guy who is working everyday to control Type 2 Diabetes. My goal is to offer hope, help and solutions for day-to-day living for the diabetic. The disease can be controlled. It can be managed. And, you can do it!

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One comment on “Busted!
  1. beetleypete says:

    Don’t feel bad Phil. Food labels are notoriously difficult to read in the UK too. I cannot even see them with reading glasses normally, and would need a magnifying glass to have a decent chance! Great to see you carrying on with your valuable advice. Regards from England. Pete.

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