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Old 02-16-2017, 18:31   #1
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It didn't used to be important to me to actually keep track of my daily nutrition.

I figured that knowing what I could and could not eat was enough.

Unfortunately, for many, (myself included) that can lead to getting off track without even realizing it.

A few extra carbs here and there can add up quickly.

What methods (if any) do you use to track your daily nutrition?

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As I mentioned above, I can wander off my plan if I don't keep track of my daily nutrition. It's kinda like holding myself accountable, but just to myself, not others.

The primary tool that I use is the free version of MyFitnessPal.com. I have their app downloaded to my phone because it is so quick and easy to do my entries from there, including scanning bar codes for automatic nutrition information for many foods. I have my macros (goals) set to: carbs 5%, Fat 70%, and Protein 25% because that works the best for me.

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I also have it connected to my Fitbit app as an added look at my progress.

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I use MyFitness Pal on a daily basis.

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I'm a teckie, and Type-2 diabetic, so details and data are my normal environment. I didn't get serious about my eating habits and glucose levels until my Doc gave up on gentle prodding and put me on insulin, about 8 years ago. Yes, I'm stubborn and he was frustrated, and the glucose number was not going down.
I'd test my glucose level before every meal, look at the carb.content of the meal ahead, to establish insulin dosage, and test before going to bed as well. The teckie in me wanted more information so I started recording glucose number, total-carb. intake at each meal, and insulin usage.

I took my last insulin shot in late 2012 - Yup, I won!!!! Not only had I gotten my glucose levels under control, I'd lost about 40-pounds and changed my eating habits.


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I have in the past and it worked for me well. Now with problem eyesight, I'm trying to figure out options. At the endo clinic, they gave me a 'self-care diary' from Lilly to track, but my reading vision is so bad, I can't really use it. So, I am using Calorie king. I made insulin a FOOD so that I could include the amount I took with my meal. At one time, I saw a really nice spreadsheet chart for tracking food, carbs, insulin, but can't find it now, darn it. Calorie King is supposed to work on my tablet and if it does, I'll join the membership for a tracking option unless I can find something better. Pencil and paper is great until I have to leave the house!

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Hi Bunjee
if your computer display helps with reading that may be a better answer than paper. My application DOES NOT run on tablet nor phone, take a look at it at WeLoop.HATS or send me a note Guy@WeLoop.com or find that spreadsheet.
What ever path you follow hang in there and remember the words of a wise man "we shall overcome".

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I also use MFP.

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MyFitnessPal seems to be the most popular option.

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