Myfitnesspal is a free app that takes the guess work out of a diet. This app allows the user to scan foods, create exercise goals, and detail nutrient summaries. The RD can suggest this to their clients who want to lose weight. A great feature is that the app only allows the user to select to lose a maximum of 2 pounds per week. The client can easily send their food record to their RD through this app. The client can even add their own recipes to the app. The client can have support through friends. The app has a large database of exercises for the client to track. This app is available on the iTunes store, Google play store, Blackberry world, and the Windows store.
Submitted by Kelsey McGuire:
MyFitnessPal is a free app that helps you keep track of your daily caloric intake. There is a food database where you can search for foods or specific brands. It counts your calories, and categorizes them into breakfast, lunch, dinner, or snacks. The app also allows you to track your physical activity. It factors your workout into your daily calorie allowance. Those looking to incorporate social media or want a competitive edge might like the option to add friends on the app. You can track your progress, and set goals as well. for those that do not have a smartphone, can join online at myfitnesspal.com.
Seafood Watch - submitted by Kaitlan Beretich
Seafood Watch is an app created by the Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch program that helps consumers and businesses make choices for healthy oceans. This app features up-to-date recommendations with detailed seafood information. This app uses your GPS location to load the regional guide for your location. It allows you to search for seafood and can sort it by “Best Choice,” “Good Alternative,” or “Avoid” rankings. This app also provides a sushi guide and can sort it by rankings. The New Project FishMap feature allows people to add the names of restaurants and stores that have ocean-friendly seafood and sustainable seafood, and allows others to search for these businesses.
Gojee Food - submitted by Kaitlan Beretich
Gojee Food is a food and drink recipe app. The homepage of this app features pictures of different food and drink recipes and allows the user to swipe through all of them. The recipes are accessible by just tapping once on the photo. All of the ingredients are listed for each recipe and the new grocery list feature allows the ingredients in each recipe to be added to the grocery list just by tapping on it once. This app also features collections and lets the user search for recipes by category. Favorite recipes can be saved by tapping the heart icon on the top right of each recipe.
CookingPlanit - submitted by Kaitlan Beretich
CookingPlanIt is a personal kitchen assistant that helps home cooks prepare meals in a timely manner so all dishes are ready at the same time. This app includes a search bar so cooks can search for recipes. It also includes a tab for featured recipes, top meals, and top recipes. Tapping once on the recipe allows users to view the total time it takes to prepare the recipe or meal, and the ingredients and tools needed to prepare the meal. The app also lets users modify the meal depending on how many people are going to be served. The menus come with a synchronized shopping list for added convenience. CookingPlanIt also features voice and visual commands to help cooks prepare meals.
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Diabetes- In Check App- Elizabeth Prendergast
What is it and how does it work?
- This is an application that can help patients better manage their diabetes through self monitoring. This application helps a diabetic keep track of essential information including:
-when blood glucose levels are taken.
-what meter is used to measure blood glucose.
-the glucosometer readings.
-most recent Hemoglobin A1C values.
-if and when you take medication.
-what type of medication is used. (Oral/ insulin).
- When the application first starts up, it will lead you through questions to answer the above questions to personalize the application for the individual using it. The application also has a daily log where blood glucose levels can be recorded.
- Since Diabetes is a disease that is extremely sensitive to overall personal well-being, the application also provides the opportunity to set a weight loss goal and exercise goal. The weight loss portion of the application includes:
-an opportunity to set a goal weight; this provides a range of weight that is considered “healthy” for the individual using the application. For example the weight range of a 5’ 7” female is 121 lbs to 153 lbs.
-a calorie budget for each day; this calorie range is different from most applications because it not only says how much weight the goal will help you lose per day but also helps to give a goal of how many carbohydrates to eat per meal and per snack to keep a balanced carbohydrate meal throughout the day.
-a daily food log; food can be tracked on a day to day basis which keeps track of both the calories and carbohydrates consumed.
-a stay active log; this allows you to record what your daily exercise goal is and a daily log to track when the exercise occurs.
- The application also offers diabetic friendly recipes and grades food using a scale of red, yellow and green. As a stoplight system works, green indicates foods that are good choices for a diabetic diet, yellow choices that indicate a food should be eaten in moderation and red indicates food choices that are not the best choices for an individual on a diabetic diet.
- This application offers you the opportunity to set a daily reminder to make sure that you have actually taken the steps to monitor you’re the diabetes.
- The application offers a progress section so that the individual can review their recorded history and see how their diabetes is reacting to their current lifestyle choices.
Where to find it?
- The iTunes apple store.
How much does it cost?
- The app is free!
Who would I recommend this app for?
- I would recommend this application for a patient who is new to Diabetes or who is interested in getting their diabetes better under control. This application would be used under the advisement of an RD so that the proper calorie needs and carbohydrates per meal could be set based on the individual being worked with. This application would be extremely beneficial for Endocrinologist’s to see how a patient is progressing and if certain patterns reoccur in a specific patient.