The First Step To Eating Healthier
March 24, 2011 32 Comments
There are forces around us that conspire against our good intentions. Eating healthier should be easy since it is so OBVIOUSLY a smart thing to do.
The sad reality - it is serious work to take responsibility for what food you choose to put in your mouth. Don't hide from this fact - embrace it.
The good news is that it has never been easier if you have a computer (which you must or you wouldn't be reading this) to create a food journal.
A food journal application is a simple program that allows you to enter the food you consume on a daily basis. Then, it will tell you how many calories you are inhaling and (hopefully) you can evaluate where you are going wrong.
Why is this the first step to eating healthier? Once you do even ONE day of a food journal, you will realize the time of day, the foods, and the habits that are hurting you.
Lately, I have been holding myself accountable for the what I eat on a daily basis using Weight Watchers Food Tracker both on my iPod and my computer.
You have to sign up for WW ($47.90) and then pay $18 per month to use the program. The tracker allows you to put in your foods, get PointsPlus values, monitor your daily and weekly target, keep track of your exercise, and find recipes that help you lose weight.
It is easy to use and kinda fun (until you put in that banana split you just ate - ooops).
But, there are FREE applications as well. My pal Ashley managed to lose about 40 pounds using Lose It! on her iPhone and computer. And she paid NADA!
Lose It! sets a calorie amount based on what you want to lose and measures your daily intake against it. You can also measure your nutrient values if you are interested in this feature.
I have heard good things about the free calorie counter applications - The Daily Plate on LIVESTRONG and SPARKPEOPLE.
I think SparkPeople is interesting site because they seem to have created a really strong community of people. Also, you can choose weight loss as a goal OR just healthier living.
(I know some thin people who ain't so healthy :)
SparkPeople is also free, but I find their reasoning for being free a bit, well, strange. From the website:
SparkPeople can be free because my wife and I were very early eBay employees and are now using our earnings from its success to make the world a healthier place. This is our way to give back and help the world.
Yeah, Snack Girl is FREE, too. See those ads over there on the right? (yes, SparkPeople has ads and that may be the reason it is free.)
Finally, for those Android users out there, my pal Shanna sent me to Fat Secret which is also FREE. She likes how you can put in foods and exercise and in the diet calendar, and it shows you where you stand for calories in versus calories out.
If you have never tried a Food Journal - give one of these a shot and listen to what it tells you.
Please share your favorite food journal applications.
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