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How should I eat? (Not too much)
—Michael Pollan

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—Marion Cunningham, from Learning to Cook

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—Michael Pollan

No matter how you slice it through, grain-fed meat production systems are a drain on the global food supply.
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Mind Your Macros – there’s an app for that

We are living in a time where information, not all of it reliable, about anything in the world, is available in an instant.  That same sentiment for immediate gratification permeates all aspects of our lives, including our kitchens.  Convenient food, 5-minute abs, and the promised magic of a weight loss pill lure us away from the true value of our health, and the amount of time and effort we should be devoting to it.

Do you find yourself, as I have, overwhelmed by the over-abundantly available and seemingly contradictory health and diet information?  If you want to take ownership of this information and what it means for you, here are three different apps that can help get you started.  If, like me, you are curious to know the why, take a look at the suggested reading list at the bottom of the page.

My Fitness Pal

WHY WE LOVE IT: My Fitness Pal, by Under Armour, may be the most popular food tracker on the market, and for good reason.  It’s free, user friendly, and has a variety of helpful tools to keep you motivated.  If you decide to upgrade to premium for $50/year, there are many additional, customizable features.

FAVORITE FEATURE: You can enter custom recipes (available on free version, too!)

Macrostax

WHY WE LOVE IT: Macrostax focuses on macronutrient ratios and prescribes customized macro-nutrient totals and meal-by-meal suggestions based on workout vs rest days.  If you have never focused on your macros before, I suggest starting with My Fitness Pal to see what your normal diet macros look like.  This way you will have a good baseline before tracking with Macrostax.  There is no free version, but there is more guidance and support than My Fitness Pal.

FAVORITE FEATURE: Their team of nutritionists is on standby – message them any time with a question or app feedback, and they will respond within a couple of hours.

Working Against Gravity “WAG”

WHY WE LOVE IT: Of the three apps reviewed, WAG provides the most personalized and supportive platform.  You are assigned a personal nutrition coach, who provides you with a formal, weekly (virtual) check-in to discuss what is/is not working and make adjustments. They are also available any time and will reply to spontaneous inquiries within 24 hours.  If you are interested in optimizing your diet, but feel overwhelmed and want guidance, WAG is the app for you.

FAVORITE FEATURE: Accountability, flexibility, and personalized guidance


Armor yourself with information: log meals, read books, keep food and sleep journals, and measure your blood sugar.  If you’d like to start logging with any of the above tools, you should buy a kitchen scale.  I have this one, which I like because you can pull out the screen to prevent shadowing from large bowls or plates.  This is another good option.

Suggested reading:

Recommended Cookbooks:

Recommended Recipe Websites:

Until next time,

Corrie Austin

Posted: 4-7-2019

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Do you find yourself, as I have, overwhelmed by the over-abundantly available and seemingly contradictory health and diet information?  If you want to take ownership of this information and what it means for you, here are three different apps that can help get you started.  If, like me, you are curious to know the why, take a look at the suggested reading list at the bottom of the page.


My Fitness Pal

WHY WE LOVE IT: My Fitness Pal, by Under Armour, may be the most popular food tracker on the market, and for good reason.  It's free, user friendly, and has a variety of helpful tools to keep you motivated.  If you decide to upgrade to premium for $50/year, there are many additional, customizable features. FAVORITE FEATURE: You can enter custom recipes (available on free version, too!)

Macrostax

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Working Against Gravity "WAG"

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My Fitness Pal

WHY WE LOVE IT: My Fitness Pal, by Under Armour, may be the most popular food tracker on the market, and for good reason.  It's free, user friendly, and has a variety of helpful tools to keep you motivated.  If you decide to upgrade to premium for $50/year, there are many additional, customizable features. FAVORITE FEATURE: You can enter custom recipes (available on free version, too!)

Macrostax

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Working Against Gravity "WAG"

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My Fitness Pal

WHY WE LOVE IT: My Fitness Pal, by Under Armour, may be the most popular food tracker on the market, and for good reason.  It's free, user friendly, and has a variety of helpful tools to keep you motivated.  If you decide to upgrade to premium for $50/year, there are many additional, customizable features. FAVORITE FEATURE: You can enter custom recipes (available on free version, too!)

Macrostax

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Working Against Gravity "WAG"

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