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Changing Results: Nutrition

October 8, 2013

Rather than just complain yesterday, I made a plan. It’s two part, and today you’ll get the first part. I know that most of us with diabetes who were quite young diagnosed, had parents who disliked logging as much as we do. My mother is not that person. She still has all the logbooks from diagnosis through eighth grade. She literally has a catalog of everything I did. It’s pretty cool, although I still don’t think I could do it. However, every pinterest weight loss list I’ve looked at says that in order to be successful, counting calories is a must. I also believe in a balanced diet (yes, I still try to eat based on the exchange system). Where does this leave me?

With Fooducate. One of my main focuses currently is to eat organic foods & add more protein. However, the day I am going to show you I went out to eat twice, so finding healthy choices is much more difficult. I also wish there was a restaurant database, because I have to guess the ingredients of food I don’t make.

Breakfast

photo 4 photo 1 photo 2 photo 3Normally, I would not have a bagel and cream cheese for breakfast, but the kids asked if I would take them out and I was exhausted and had no desire to make breakfasts, so I said yes. I was going to wait and make breakfast after dropping them off at school, but I was low as we pulled into the parking lot, hence the bagel and cream cheese. Coffee with cream is an every day occurrence. Also, the typical view of the app is not this detailed, but I wanted to show you everything it can do, not just the basics.

Lunch

I went out to eat with my mother this day, and I got a chicken pita loaded with veggies and cheese. Since I can’t add the sandwich as a whole, I added it piece by piece. Ready?

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Meals like this are why I want there to be a restaurant component. Even though it was my mother, I felt very rude trying to make sure I had every ingredient before we left the restaurant.

So what do I see when I open the app? This:

photo 1I get an overview of my calories, plus the most recent things I’ve eaten. The daily caloric intake is figured out in settings based on what you eat, how much you exercise, and what your goal is. If you hit the blue arrow, it gets even MORE detailed. It includes Calories, Foodpoints (which I don’t really pay attention to/understand), Total Fat, Saturated Fat, Sodium, Total Carbs, Protein and Dietary Fiber. There are two pie charts that I also really like to use.

photo 1_2 photo 3_2My goal with these is to have Protein & Minimally processed as the biggest in each circle. I know that every day is not going to be perfect, but this is definitely helping me. I hope that by tracking habits & making sure I’m eating as healthy as possible, my results will change.

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. abby! permalink
    October 8, 2013 1:01 PM

    That app on a droid doesn’t let me track calories! argh! as much as it’s annoying to track calories, it’s helpful for me to keep myself in check if I get out of control. I don’t do it every day, but I’ll do it for a few days every few weeks to check in with my portion sizes and snacks I forget to account for.

    Love you for posting your journey in an extremely healthy way 🙂 you’ve got my support sista! (and I’ll stipp drink $8 beers with you at fenway anytime 😉 )

  2. October 30, 2013 4:11 PM

    I might have to try out this app…looks similar to My Fitness Pal but possibly better? Thanks for sharing! 🙂

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