You may have seen my photos on Instagram of various healthy and nutritious food items such as green smoothies, or veggie omelets, or even fruits and veggies from my local farmer’s market. I would definitely consider myself a “health-conscious” person, and probably eat “healthier” than the majority of Americans. However, lately, my body has just felt “off”…..
I wake up in the morning and feel like I haven’t slept well, even though I go to bed at a reasonable hour. Breakfast is pretty much my favorite meal of the day, so I always make sure that I don’t skip it…. Especially post-run, even if it’s just a glass of organic chocolate milk within 15-20 mins. of when I walk in the door/finish my run, I know how important it is to refuel within the “window” of when your body can utilize the carbs/protein best.
However, as the morning goes on/afternoon rolls around, the reality hits me that I find myself wanting to make a cup of coffee/go to Starbucks for a latte.. I know I should make myself a healthy and nutritious lunch, but, isn’t easier to pick up a quick bite while running errands/trekking the kiddos to/from sports practices, etc? Oh yeah, I had a protein (or some sort of ) bar, does that count as “lunch”?!? Next thing you know.. It’s time to start thinking about what to make for dinner.. So, in order to hold myself more accountable, I’m going to go back to doing a food log/diary like I did last year during my Richmond Marathon training.
One of my favorite sites is called DailyBurn Tracker. It’s free to sign up and do a basic plan, however, I currently am on the Pro Plan (includes: nutrition tracking, body tracking, meal planner, grocery list, and more). Here’s a look at what my “Locker Room” looks like:
What I really like about this site (there’s also an app for mobile devices as well), is that you can track not just your nutrition, but your sleep, workouts, and body composition/weight.
When you click on Nutrition Log you get to this screen:
Once you set up your nutrition goals (these can be altered as needed), all you have to do is type in the food, choose the best match from the list, then choose the serving size, date, and which meal the food item is for. There is even a choice of “plan it” (or “ate it”) on the nutrition log.
There is a colorful graph to display your total fat/carbs/protein percentages for the day. On the far right shows how many servings of each food group (meat/dairy/fruits/vegetables you have eaten for the day. Below that is a daily water tracker- each click on the arrow represents one 8 oz. glass of water.
With the DailyBurn Tracker Pro Plan, I can download/print a 7-day report (x3 months). This feature is not included with the free plan.
Whether you are training for a marathon, half-marathon, 5K, or even just trying to live a healthier lifestyle/lose weight, keeping a food journal/ nutrition log is a way to hold yourself accountable. By holding yourself accountable, you are more likely to be successful for the long-term, not just a short period of time.
DailyBurn Tracker has a “Motivation” tab where you can join groups, invite friends to be motivators, and search for motivators. There is also a “Challenge” tab if you want to challenge your friends/motivators to a specific goal. However, if you want your goals/stats/log to remain private, there are privacy settings in the My Profile screen. It’s completely up to you, and what you think will be best to keep you on track of your goals.
Are you on DailyBurn Tracker? Do you keep a nutrition log? Do you already use a nutrition tracking app?
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**Disclaimer~All opinions expressed are my own. I am not affiliated with DailyBurn or its affiliates.