This is a short vlog by my 3 year old Brooke demonstrating how I workout at the park.
Hey gang! How’s your Tuesday going? Have you been eating healthy today?
Did you know that many studies have shown that people who keep a food journal eat healthier and consume less colories? People who eat healthier live LONGER too! You could keep a paper-based food journal, but will that capture how many calories, vitamins and nutrients you’ve consumed?
Ahhh – that’s where the internet comes in! One thing I love about the internet is the plethora of online tools to help motivate us to get active, lose weight and to eat healthy. Here’s a list of online food journals that I urge you to check out
Loseit.com – This one is my personal favourite because it has a FREE iPhone application that goes with it so I can record my food offline throughout the day on my iPod Touch (or on an iPhone) that I use as a PDA. When I get home from work I can sync my journal on our home wireless network. I like it because it also emails me an excel spreadsheet of my journal that I import into Google docs so I can share it with you in my Motivation Monday post. The site can also send out a tweet on your behalf to your followers regarding your progress to keep you accountable.
SparkPeople – This site also has an iPhone application that syncs with the website that is available from the iTunes store for $1.99. The journal can be shared within the SparkPeople Community to keep you accontable with your online friends and cheerleaders. I’m not sure if you can update your SparkPeople iPhone Journal when in off-line mode (ie: on an iPod Touch not connected to wifi)
Livestrong – This site is the brain-child of my celebrity boyfriend Lance Armstrong (known around my house as Lancie). It also has an iPhone/iPod application available for download for FREE from the iTunes store. Livestrong is great because it also has a lot of information regarding how to kick that nasty smoking habit.
My Pyramid – This site is from the US Department of Agriculture. Instead of focussing on the daily RDA of vitamins and nutrients, it focusses on whether or not you eat by the US Food Pyramid. It lets you know if you’re short on fruits, veggies, proteins or grains. This is great because it takes the guess work out of it, ‘cause really – who on earth knows what foods can provide you with the vitamin A you may be deficient in? This site does not have a iPhone App.
Fit Day – This is a geat food journal because of all of the customized reports you can run from it. You can set your fitness and weightloss goals and it will tell you how many more calories you can consume to meet those goals. It has a downloadable desktop software, however I’m unaware of what added benefits that would have over the Free online version.
Tweet What You Eat – This is a great site if you don’t have an iPhone or iPod Touch but have a blackberry or other phone that you have set up to send updates to twitter from. I love being able to update my journal on the go, rather than having to log onto a website at the end of the day to record from a paper record what I’ve eaten. Basically you register at www.tweetwhatyoueat.com with your twitter account and then send direct messages (DM) to TWYE with the food that you’ve eaten. i.e.: D TWYE Banana Tweet what you eat then automatically updates your food journal for you including the number of calories!
This brings me to this week’s Poll Question: Do You Use A Food Journal?
PS – If I’ve missed any you can use my CONTACT FORM to let me know and I’ll be happy to add it to the list
Fitness Tip of The Day: When running errands or shopping, be sure to pack some healthy snacks to have on-hand. Then after you work-up a big appetite, you won’t be tempted to grab something at the mall food court or the fast food restaurant on the way home. Exercise is not enough. You must also include healthy eating habits.
I think every fitness magazine and fitness site I’ve ever read mentions that keeping a food diary is the best way to lose weight. Food diaries are vital for self-assessment and monitoring. Many studies have shown that people who keep food journals lose more weight and keep more of that weight off in the long run. In fact, in a study of 1,685 dieters conducted by a health insurance company, the best predictor of weight loss throughout the first year was the number of food records kept per week. And another recent study published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine found that dieters who tracked their food intake in a "food diary" lost twice as much weight as those who didn’t track their food.
Why keep a food diary?
- Tracking the food we eat forces us to take responsibility for our food choices. It shows what we’re really eating, and how much we’re eating.
- An accurate food journal helps us see eating patterns, giving us insight into when and why we eat.
- Monitoring the foods we eat helps us estimate calorie intake, so we can make adjustments, by eating less or exercising more.
So what does this have to do with Twitter?
If you’re like me, twitter has become a part of your daily life. You tweet from your computer, ipod, phone, blackberry… the list goes on. Well now there’s a site called "Tweet What You Eat" – a new Twitter-based diet diary that lets users track their food and calorie intake simply by sending a direct message to: twye. To get started register for an account with your twitter username and password at www.tweetwhatyoueat.com then follow twye and send direct messages to ‘d twye’ (for example: ‘d twye yogurt cup.’ ). Don’t worry if you don’t know how many calories a food has either – Tweet What You Eat has has a ‘CrowdCal system’, a completely crowd-sourced calorie database, which fills in food entries’ calorie count based on what other members have entered.
Here’s a screenshot of my diary:
For me, it’s all about keeping it simple – I can’t log onto an online food diary from work (Big Brother is always watching), I can’t take 5 minutes to wait for my laptop to boot up ’cause my kids will murder each other while I’m waiting, but I do have twitter set up on my phone so I can send a quick text from anywhere I have phone service to update my diary.
I’ll be giving it a try – will you? Maybe we can tweet each other to a thinner waist by Christmas!