Eating a cookie, listening to classical music, and sipping tea this past Sunday, I was happy. And not just because of the deliciousness of the cookie but because, for the first time in a long time, I had a good idea about how that cookie specifically contributes to my health.
As a foodie, I value food for it’s nutrition, comfort, beauty, and community building qualities. I’ve done extensive research into healthy eating, especially while pregnant and nursing, and for over twenty years have cooked with quinoa, stevia, and other “new” foods. But there is something truly new on my radar. I’m working to avoid a prediabetes diagnosis.
Back to my cookie (and you know how much I love cookies). Using MyFitnessPal for the past two weeks, I’ve been able to track the specific nutrition of everything I eat individually and I can see how my foods work together to meet daily requirements. I had checked this site out a few years ago and found it cumbersome. But now, I’m impressed. The program is free, has a huge database of nutrition labels, scans food bar codes via smart phones, has a recipe importer, tracks exercise, links to many smart apps, and so much more.
While I wasn’t happy with the discussion I had with my care provider about the results of my glucose tolerance test, it got my attention. In my work and friendships, I encourage all women to take care of themselves as a way, in part, to take care of their families. But this is hard work, especially when our physical needs change. To take care of the woman I am now, I need to consider anew what I’ve learned about food and health in the past, keep what is good, ditch the rest, and produce a doable, creative, and positive plan. Time to regroup.
Do you use MyFitnessPal? Have your physical needs changed over time? What are you favorite healthy living tips?
Here’s to our health ~~~~~~~~ Angie Mc