Good morning! Wow, I guess winter finally decided to show up in northern Utah last night… Opening my curtains to snow actually made me pretty excited. My goodness, I can’t believe my Arizona girl self is saying that. I’m sure I won’t be feeling the same way for long if it continues. Freshly fallen snow truly is so beautiful though, isn’t it?!
Anyway, I’m going to make this short and sweet for today, but I did want to share a new little online tool that I’ve recently discovered called My Fitness Pal. I’m sure a lot of you have heard of it before as it’s pretty well known, but I wanted to share my experience with it!
I was looking for a website that I could enter in my eats to get an overall picture of my macronutrients for each day. One of my goals a couple months back was to increase my protein intake. Even though it’s not necessarily one of my January goals, I’m still working on this. I wanted something to help me keep track of my protein as well as my carbohydrates, fats, fiber, calcium, etc. It wasn’t something that I was wanting to enter my foods into every single day, but rather every few days as a general guideline to see how I was doing with my nutrition. Although it does track calories and many people use it as a tool for weight loss, this wasn’t my ultimate reason for tracking my food. It was interesting to see how I was doing with my calorie intake while following my new eating plan, but that wasn’t my primary interest. I know that if I follow my new eating plan, stay active, and focus on proper nutrition, those few extra pounds from the holidays will come off (they actually already are! ). Needless to say, the calories aren’t crazy important to me right now. I don’t like getting too caught up in those numbers anyways!
I also wanted to find one that had a large database of foods. When I worked at the gym, we had the option of having our clients use an online food journal through a program that had hardly any food options and it was SO annoying. I didn’t want to have to deal with that again. My Fitness Pal has millions of food choices, no joke. Every single food item I’ve typed into the database has showed up. Awesome!
Anyway, just wanted to share my little “tool” with you if you’re looking for something like this. If you’re trying to lose or gain weight and food journaling is your thing, I highly recommend this site! Or if you’re like me and just wanting to keep an eye on your nutrition overall, this is also a wonderful tool. Oh and even better yet? It’s FREE! I always like free.
Have a good one my friends!
- Have you ever used a food journal before? For what purpose?
- Ever heard of My Fitness Pal? If so, have you used it? What’d you think?