Just thought I’d share a site I’ve been using to track my daily food intake and exercise.  The Daily Plate.  I think I’m in love.   Truth be told, I signed up for TDP a year ago and quickly fell off the wagon, then forgot all about it.  I came across it again doing a nutrition label search for a food item and discovered that my account was still active. 

The Daily Plate has a huge database of food entries, including many brand names and restaurant menu items.  They use the wiki approach, so anyone can enter information into the database (it has to be approved by the moderators).  This does, however, present certain problems.  If the title to an entry is slightly different, it makes a new entry, so there are many duplicates.  Also, I’ve discovered that there can be differences in the nutrition labels of brand names depending on the region of the US the item is sold.  If you have your label in front of you, you can easily choose the correct one, or a different brand with identical information.  That one little drawback is still easier to deal with than entering many custom items into a food diary, which is what some online nutrition software requires. 

You can also save meals to your “plate.”  Remember That Cake?  For grins and giggles (and shear shock value) I added all of my ingredients for it to my meals folder and learned that it contains 6,280 calories, 432g of fat, 586g of total carbohydrates, and assorted other stats that would curl your hair.  That was for the whole cake.  But I was able to add a serving as 1/16 of the cake (which TDP rounded to .06333…), and TDP gave me the stats on just one slice: 373 calories, 27 g fat, 37 total carbs.  That’s a little easier to swallow.  Literally.  I’ve also just discovered tonight, that I can add recipes to the main database and TDP will determine the nutritional value of the recipe per serving. 

The Daily Plate also has an extensive database of exercises/activities, and can determine how many calories you burn in a period of time based on your weight.  There are also charts and graphs that make all of this fun for a chart/graph lovin’ chick like me. 😉

AND……..the vast majority of the features at TDP are free.   There are also discussion boards and groups you can join, if you’re looking for support from people following your way of eating, or in your particular circumstances.  I haven’t joined any because I’m already on the boards at Protein Power and the last thing I need in my life is another group/discussion board.  

Go….click the link above or the button to the right and go see what you’re eating.  Me?  I gotta go log a cheesestick. 😉

I joined the forums over at ProteinPower.com this week.  I had lost weight on this plan years ago, but I wasn’t diligent enough in keeping it off.  So, I’m giving it another go; this time with an online community.  Very simply put, PP is a low-carb diet, but with more carbs allowed than Atkins.  The developers, Drs. Michael R. and Mary Dan Eades, are the ones who came up with the “Effective Carbohydrate Content” (ECC) method of counting carbs that most low-carbers use today: total carbs – fiber = ECC. 

I am on day 7, feel great, and have lost 4 pounds.  I know it’s “water weight” but it still affects the way my clothes fit.  4 lbs is 4 lbs.  20 to go until my next goal.

A couple of things I loved about PP the first time I did it:

  • I was never hungry.
  • I stopped craving carbs.
  • I felt great.
  • My blood tests were perfect.  Even after months of eating bacon, eggs, cheese, meat, etc.  Our life insurance company even gave me a 10% discount off our policy because of it.  
  • I ate more veggies on PP than any other eating plan I’ve ever followed.  And wanted to eat them.  That’s good!
  • I lost weight, and kept it off, as long as I kept my carbs in check.

I just need to work on that last part. rolleyes  This isn’t just about weight loss, though.  I’m at high risk for type II diabetes.  I need to do something before it’s too late.  This is it. 

I’ll be keeping track of my progress over at PP, not here, but I’ll probably make mention of it here from time to time.  Anybody wanna join me? 😀

Today is the 12th anniversary of a most delightful occasion: my DD made her way into the world, and life has never been the same. icon_biggrin.gif   Today was fairly uneventful, as far as birthdays go.  We had a girls’ night out on Friday with her best friend and her mom (also a good friend of mine), at Olive Garden, followed by shopping at Barnes and Noble.  Give DD a book and she’s a happy girl; give her several, and she’s downright giddy.  So today we had our typical day.  Well, except that DD got the day off of school.  Happy Birthday, Magpie! icon_biggrin.gif

Her birthday dinner consisted of ham, angel hair pasta in herb sauce, green beans, and salad.  She chose apple pie instead of cake.  YUM! icon_biggrin.gif  So, this morning I baked pie.  (Are you there, Applie?Groucho )  Hubby and I were happy with this decision, but the boys were not.  They got leftover brownies that I made yesterday for DD to take to youth group.  Dark, dark chocolate brownies with 60% cocoa Ghirardelli chocolate chips.  Diet?  What diet? 

Ah yes.  Diet.  Given a strong family history of diabetes, and my own dx of pre-diabetes years ago, and having packed on the pounds in recent years, and feeling like crapola, I’ve put myself on an diabetic exchange diet.  Started last week.  Doing pretty well.  Feeling better.  Except that yesterday I made those brownies (hey, one brownie won’t kill me, and dark chocolate is good for you, right?), today I baked pie, and Wednesday I’ll be baking a sinfully delicious mocha double dark chocolate bundt cake, that my friends and family refer to as, “Ooooh, that cake.”  It was requested by a friend for his birthday.  Not a good week for a new way of eating!  But at least I’ll be good during the day.  Better than I was, so it’s still better overall.  Right?  Right.  (I’ll just keep telling myself that.)

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