Tracking your food

theladyiscrazy
By theladyiscrazy Latest Reply 2011-02-09 13:50:48 -0600
Started 2010-06-30 15:51:35 -0500

When I was first diagnosed, I tracked everything I ate. Then we got hit with a lot of things, and tracking went by the wayside. I thought I was still doing well. WRONG!

So, I am back to tracking (journalling) via the computer. I use www.fitday.com. It breaks down my carbs, fibers, protein, fats, and calories. I can also track vitamin and minerals. I can set weight goals, track my weight, bmi, and measurements. I like it because it is free to do all of these things.

So, how many of you track what you eat? And how detail do you get? Do you measure your food?

I really think tracking and measuring is very important so that you can keep accurate records and it helps to track what may be causing highs and lows.


24 replies

theladyiscrazy
theladyiscrazy 2010-07-01 12:05:39 -0500 Report

Another great reason to track, you may not be using as much as you thought. I assumed I was using 2 oz of half and half in my coffee, NOPE, just 1 oz. That is calories, fat, and carbs saved.

Kirla
Kirla 2010-07-01 12:18:36 -0500 Report

I bought a scale at Wal-Mart to measure all my foods. I don’t write it all down all the time but I do measure all my foods. I bought one of the electric ones that weight to a gram. I like measuring my foods in grams. If it looks like I’m starting to gain a little weight I will cut out 20-30 grams of each food I eat. That usually will help keep my weight steady. I use to eat 120-140 grams of food per item. Most foods I eat now are down to about 60-70 grams.

Kevin

theladyiscrazy
theladyiscrazy 2010-07-01 13:57:31 -0500 Report

I need to get one of those digital/electric ones. I have the old fashion dial one. I will check out my local walmart. Thanks Kevin.

Kirla
Kirla 2010-07-01 14:50:12 -0500 Report

I bought the one for $20.00. It works good for me. They have more expensive ones but the one I got works great.

Kirla
Kirla 2010-07-01 11:58:22 -0500 Report

I only track what I eat once in a while. I usually go by my meter, to tell me if I’m eating right. Most of the time my blood sugar stays below 120, 1 hour after eating. Every so often I will track every bit of everything I eat and drink, to see what the carb, protein, fats percentages are. I also like to check how many calories I have been consuming. I will track for several days and make adjustments to my diet if I notice my weight starting to go up a bit. I like using sparkpeople. It was one the first sites I visited when first diagnosed and I stayed with it. I got hours and hours if not days worth of work inputting all the foods I eat. I like using the nutrient labels on the foods I buy. I found using their database is not as good as inputting the information off the package.

Kevin

petals
petals 2010-06-30 19:02:31 -0500 Report

I use everyday health .com to journal everything that I eat and drink. Like fitday it breaks everything down as well and stores everything that I put in.I would be lost without it. I have been so tired lately that I haven't been using it like I should, so I will have to do better with this myself.

Nonna2Three
Nonna2Three 2011-02-05 10:02:31 -0600 Report

I use everydayhealth.com also. http://www.everydayhealth.com/food-fitness/jo... I really like it and would have a hard time tracking my foods without it. I signed up at FitDay to see if I would like it better and if it would be more robust and save me some of my manual entries, but it didn't have some things that I was able to do a search & get a hit on with everydayhealth.

HarmonyStarr
HarmonyStarr 2010-06-30 18:45:19 -0500 Report

I have to admit, I've been slacking lately on my tracking. I have to get back into the swing of it. Sadly, it's a product of feeling comfortable with what I'm doing and how I'm eating. But, you are right, tracking and measuring is very important and definitely something one should keep on top of.

Jeannie Holmes
Jeannie Holmes 2010-06-30 16:45:33 -0500 Report

I start doing this, but then run out of time to get it done. How do you do it?

theladyiscrazy
theladyiscrazy 2010-06-30 17:35:57 -0500 Report

I use www.fitday.com, as I mentioned. Once you get things logged in, you can just click on the items. For example, I have listed my fish tacos as an item, but I had used another site to figured out the breakdown of nutrients (carbs, fats, fiber, etc). So, each time I have it, I only have to click on fish taco and it adds it all to my listing for me. I admit, it does take a little time to get it started but I add a little as I go and try and do it each day something new comes along.

I find I really have to track things and measure. If not, either I don't eat as much of an item as I thought (therefore my numbers are off) or I am eating too much.

bettymachete
bettymachete 2010-06-30 16:09:56 -0500 Report

Like you I track everything, I learned that this was a very important tool in my "Science of Me" but it is is also helpful to my doctor. I am very detailed, I journal everything I intake, ingredients, amounts, time, my BGL , how I am feeling physically, emotional thoughts.

theladyiscrazy
theladyiscrazy 2010-06-30 17:32:43 -0500 Report

I haven't done the feeling physically or emotional thoughts yet. I expect that would be good.

bettymachete
bettymachete 2010-06-30 18:09:22 -0500 Report

I do that because sometimes food can make me feel tired or sluggish. Some combinations can have an impact on our emotions. I need happy food, if I don't get some I am not going to have a good day. I've also noticed the addition of certain things are making me look younger, and feel younger.

bettymachete
bettymachete 2010-06-30 18:34:37 -0500 Report

I didn't eat the combinations of foods I do now. In the morning I have to have a protein, and something rich in soluble fiber ( I prefer it to be in veggie/ fruit form rather than grains) So I will begin with an avocado, strawberries or sweet potatoes. During the day I will snack on nuts, matchstick carrots, I will have some grape leaf dolma stuffed with veggies barley and pine nuts with a lemon wedge. Tuna…tuna tuna! These are some examples of my "happy foods" that don't raise my BGL and make me feel energetic and happy!

theladyiscrazy
theladyiscrazy 2010-06-30 18:39:38 -0500 Report

Nice. I have to have protein in the morning as well. If not, my numbers JUMP!

Never had grap leaf dolma before; honestly haven't heard of it.

bettymachete
bettymachete 2010-06-30 18:51:48 -0500 Report

It's a Mediterranean dish you can look them up if you Google dolma or dolmades there are many recipes vegan and meat eater kinds that are easy to make. I make a big batch in the beginning of a week and try to keep my daughter from eating them all. They last me a few days I eat them chilled with a little plain yogurt and lemon.

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