Carbs & Cals, Chris Cheyette, Yello Balolia, Making Carbs Count

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The Carbs&Cals series of books launched 10 years

ago. We catch up founders NHS dietitian Chris

Cheyette and designer/photographer Yello Balolia

to ask how the journey's been and what's coming!

1. How did you meet?

Yello and I met through mutual friends.

At the time he was working as a sound

engineer at ITV and had also just achieved

a 1st class degree in photography.

I was working in Chelmsford as a Diabetes

Specialist Dietitian. As part of my role, I

set up the local BERTIE type 1 education

course. During my teaching sessions on

carb counting I was struck by the fact that

there were no useful visual aids to help

people understand the carbs in the food

they were eating. We were mainly using lists

of foods with the values of carbs per 100g,

along with food models and food labels.

One day I got chatting to Yello about

whether he would be able to help me take

some photos of different portions of foods

that I could use for my teaching sessions.

This led to us making some prototype

booklets, which I tried out in teaching

sessions and got a great response. People

started asking for more examples, so after

careful thought, long discussions and much

planning, Yello and I embarked on the

monumental task of making a full book.

3. Why Carbs AND Cals?

If anyone has the first edition of the book,

you'll remember that it only contained

values for carbs and calories, so Carbs &

Cals seemed like an obvious choice for the

title - does exactly what it says on the tin!

We only included carbs and calories

as it was primarily aimed at people with

type 1 diabetes who were learning to

count carbs and we thought the calories

were useful to include too. Later versions

of the book went on to display more

nutrients, but carb and calorie counting is

still at the core of what we do.

A picture really does paint a thousand

words. A visual approach makes

understanding carb counting and portion

sizes far more accessible. We have

received lots of feedback over the years

about how young people have engaged

with carb counting for the first time due

to our app and book. Photos also help

those who struggle with numeracy or

where there may be a language barrier.

For people who are aiming to lose

weight, the book can be a real eyeopener.

We have had countless reports of

our visual approach helping with portion

control. The photos make it easy to see

which foods may need to be reduced,

and help people choose alternative

options (such as lower calorie snacks)

where needed.

Without a doubt, the key thing that drives

Carbs&Cals founders

Chris Cheyette (top)

and Yello Balolia.

2. Where did the idea for

Carbs & Cals come from?

4. You took a very visual

approach to the books, why?

Index

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  5. Abbott Freestyle Libre, Flash Glucose Monitoring
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  7. Medtronic Guardian Connect
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  11. BD, Becton Dickinson, injection technique, BD pen needles
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  13. Home test HbA1c, A1C Now Self-Check
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  15. Medtronic Minimed 670G hybrid closed loop insulin pump
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  17. Association of British Clinical Diabetologists, Diabetes Technology Network, Libre Flash education p
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  22. NHS UK coronovirus information
  23. Second Nature lifestyle behaviour change
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  27. Diabetes UK helpline
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  39. Omnipod Insulet insulin pump with insulin pods, podders
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