For lots of us, the holiday season at year’s end brings too many goodies and too little time for our workout schedule. That could mean an extra pound or two, or it could even tip the balance toward a diagnosis of diabetes. (Latest estimates from the American Diabetes Association put total cases at almost 8% of the U.S. population!)
If you’re hoping for new eating and exercise resolve as you turn that final calendar page this week, LIVESTRONG.com has new goodies for your healthy tool kit. Along with The Daily Plate, an exceptionally easy-to-use nutrition and exercise tracker, the site now offers MyPlate D, with added functionality to help diabetics track fat, carbohydrates, proteins, calories and sodium in their diets, plus monitor insulin and glucose levels.
The site is quality through and through, partnered with the Lance Armstrong Foundation. Just set up your free account and input your information and weight goals (lose, gain or maintain), then type a description of any food you’ve eaten or exercise you’ve done into the search box. The search engine will offer up specific foods or exercises with nutrition information or calories burned, and you can add these to your log with a click or two. The tool then totals up your calories (eaten and burned), fat, cholesterol, sodium, and other info for the day so you can see how you’re doing.
If you’re using MyPlate D, you can also view a glucose vs. carbs graph and track glucose levels and insulin use in real time. And because the diet and exercise features are paired, you can balance food intake with exercise to hit the totals you’re after. The service is free online, and for $2.99 you can add an iPhone app to let you keep your log on the go.
It’s gratifying to enter your morning hike and see the calorie burn impact your totals on the spot, or to change up your food choice at lunch and know right away that picking lean turkey over a tuna melt kept you on track. A happy tool for a Happy New Year.