Food/Exercise Journal on Steroids

Did you know…

149.3 million Americans over the age of 20 are overweight.75 million of those are classified as obese.

Overweight adolescents have a 70% chance of becoming overweight adults, which increases to 80% of 1 or both parents are obese or overweight.

-American Heart Association

Those statistics are mind-blowing. What is happening in America?? I can’t help but wonder if much of it has to do with our last conversation. Our lives have become so sedentary as we devote the majority of our free time to watching TV and surfing the internet instead of participating in physical activity. I have become enmeshed with this cycle as well and recently have been feeling compelled to re-think things.

It’s also been hard the past few years with the economy being in a downward spiral. We are more apt to hit up a fast food drive-thru than buy healthy meals which sometimes cost more money. (Key word being sometimes, not always)! Saving a few extra dollars is not worth the cost to your health.

Anyway, all that to say, I have discovered a new app this week and it has already been so helpful! It’s comprehensive and actually provides feedback so you know how you’re doing and where you can improve in terms of daily eating and exercise. It’s like a food/exercise journal on steroids.

Here’s the thing: If you are not aware of what you’re putting in your body, how can you make changes? If you don’t realize how much sodium is in the processed foods you eat or how beneficial adding in even a small amount of walking or exercise can be to your day, how will you ever find the motivation to change?

The app is called MyNetDiary. It’s free for iPhones but I couldn’t find a free version for my Android and ended up downloading the Pro which is $3.99. It has been featured in a number of magazines and newspapers and is based on the knowledge of registered dietitians and scientific research studies. There are so many diet plans out there with different perspectives and products and suggestions. Honestly, I am not even looking for a diet. I just want to get back in shape and be healthy.

This is starting to sound like an infomercial so I am going to get off my soapbox. If you feel so compelled, check it out for yourself!

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