Nutrition Update: A Fresh Start in the New Year Using MyFitnessPal.com

My profile on MyFitnessPal.com

My profile on MyFitnessPal.com

It’s been almost 2 years since I’ve kept a food journal. I can’t believe it. I swear it was only a few months ago. Back then I used Weight Watchers and then switched to Live Strong. This time I’m using the free MyFitnessPal. It’s not perfect, but it’s as good as the Weight Watchers membership I just signed up for and regret to the tune of $60 for three months.

I’ll be sharing more about my journey but for today, here’s my food journal. My concentration this time is on nutrition and not just calories. In the few days I’ve been living this way I feel better than I have in years. Thanks to my journaling and the nutritional tracking MyFitnessPal provides, I’ve realized the only way I can get enough iron is to eat an iron-fortified organic cereal so I’ll be adding that in tomorrow.

I’ll be sharing a lot more about what I like and don’t like about the free online site and iPhone app, but for now here’s a glimpse into what I’m eating and why.

My Food Diary For:

 Thursday January 3, 2013

Breakfast

Calories Iron Fat Protein Vit A Chol
Creative Bioscience – Raspberry Ketone 123, 1 capsule 0 0 0 0 0 0
Creative Bioscience – Green Coffee Bean Pure Extract 800mg, 1 veggie capsule 0 0 0 0 0 0
Hot cereal and fruit, 1 serving 225 9 1 9 5 3
225 9 1 9 5 3

Early Snack

Yami Lowfat Yogurt – Organic – Raspberry Rush, 6 oz 130 4 3 6 10 10
Blue Diamond – Whole Natural Raw Almond, 12 nuts 80 3 7 3 0 0
210 7 10 9 10 10

Lunch

Creative Bioscience – Green Coffee Bean Pure Extract 800mg, 1 veggie capsul 0 0 0 0 0 0
Tillamook – Sliced Medium Cheddar Cheese, 1 slice (28g) 110 2 9 7 6 25
Annie’s Naturals – Organic Dijon Mustard, 1 Tsp 5 0 0 0 0 0
Rudi’s Organic Bakery – Multigrain English Muffins With Flax , 1 Muffin 130 8 2 4 0 0
Lightlife – Smart Dogs: Veggie Protein Links, 1 link 50 6 2 7 0 0
Vlasic Stackers – Bread and Butter Midly Sweet & Spicy Pickels, 1 slices 15 0 0 0 0 0
310 16 13 18 6 25

Afternoon Snack

Newman’s Own Organics – Pretzels – High Protein, 22 pretzels 120 6 2 5 0 0
Kraft – Philadelphia Whipped Cream Cheese Spread, 2 tbsp (22g) 60 0 5 1 4 15
180 6 7 6 4 15

Dinner

Earthbound Farm – Organic Baby Spinach, 2 cups (3 oz. or 85 g) 20 15 0 2 160 0
Brianna’s – Homestyle Poppy Seed Dressing, 2 Tablespoons 160 0 14 0 0 0
Generic – Roma Tomato, 148 g (1 medium size) 35 2 1 1 20 0
Organic Valley – Parmesan Cheese (Shredded) , 2 tbsp 30 0 1 12 0 0
Fresh Gourmet Italian Seasoned Premium Cruntons – Croutons, 6 cruntons 30 2 1 1 0 0
Cascadian Farm Organic – Purely Steam – Organic Petite Sweet Peas, 0.25 cup 19 2 0 1 2 0
294 21 17 17 182 0

Late Snack

Generic – 2 6″ Celery Stalks, 6 ” celery stalks 45 0 0 3 0 0
Santa Cruz – Organic Dark Roasted Peanut Butter, 3 Tbsp 300 3 24 11 0 0
345 3 24 14 0 0
Totals 1,564 62 72 73 207 53
Your Daily Goal 1,570 100 52 59 100 300
Remaining 6 38 -20 -14 -107 247

You may notice I’m not tracking my fitness. I wanted to get my nutrition under control and next week I’ll be adding a wi-fi activity tracker!

Author: Connie Ott

A mom and wife, Connie blogs about entertainment, travel, living green, products, technology, DIY home remodeling and decor, and more. She's a vegetarian and animal lover and lives in the Pacific Northwest near Seattle, WA. Find out more about Connie and all the bloggers here at Baby to Boomer Lifestyle on our About Us page.

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  1. This is a great idea.
    I bet I eat way more than I should each day and this would be a great way to keep track of it.
    Thank you for the wonderful idea.

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  2. I need an app for calorie tracking; it’s mortifying how many actual calories I take in daily as opposed to my rough estimate.

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    • It’s certainly an eye opener for sure when you start tracking actual calories. They add us so freakin’ fast! :)

  3. I love MyFitnessPal – I’ve been using it on my iphone for months now! So helpful and it keeps you accountable

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  4. What a great app! I have been looking for something like this. Thanks for sharing.

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  5. What a great app. Perfect for getting fit.

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  6. what a wonderful app! I might have to try this and keep myself on track

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  7. I have downloaded it and am looking forward to using it tomorrow. Will be following your journey. I have a lot to lose and am there with you.

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  8. I do believe I am off to get this app to add to my Android. Hoping to use this and my FitBit Zip and Omron Heart Rate Monitor soon to add in the movement piece. Once the snow/ice go away, I can toss in the desire to do Couch to 5K.

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  9. Love Myfittnesspal app!

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  10. I really need to do something like this for myself, so that I really can pinpoint the areas of my diet that I need to change. I also need to better measure my intake and calories, and could use some help maximizing my nutrition.

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    • Susan,
      It’s such a great way to see what’s going in our bodies. The iPhone app is better than the online site, go figure. There are many more nutrients tracked on the app. Really helpful to know how many sugars, carbs, fat, protein, etc., I’m getting.

  11. Looks like a great site. Interested in following your journey!

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    • Thanks Joan! I’m loving about 90% of it. There just a few weird things…sooooooo much better than Weight Watchers. I’m kicking myself. But then I really haven’t spent much time on the WW site to see if it’s changed in the last 2 years. I suppose since I paid for it I should try it out. We’ll see.

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