After just a morning of logging, a new perspective.
A neurotic one. After just two hardboiled eggs for breakfast, I was at
194% of my cholesterol allowance. And Iím a big egg and cheese kind of
guy. Fortunately, my cholesterol has always been mightly low. So in this
case, I ignored DietLog's advice.
After grapefruit juice, raisins, orange juice and
eight M and Mís (I counted) my sugar intake is already at 126%. I donít
know how I could ever reach my target without downloading a dessert or
two. I certainly am going to be concerned about going into insulin shock.
The ability to be neurotic, I mean thorough, is complete.
You can enter the nutritional breakdown of any food in the universe. Just
read the information off the box panel. I assume that this type of attention
to detail can lead to huge body image problems that plague our culture.
Rather than concentrate on the overall health picture, it is easy to fall
into the trap of hyper-analyzing what goes into your body.
I guess Iím ranting -- not about DietLog (it is a
well designed program) but our culture in general. I am not a nutritionist
and the following rant should be taken with a large grain of salt.
Many people try to lose weight simply by counting
calories. They go on strange diets that have been proven time and time
again not to work. Simply limiting caloric intake can lead to a slowdown
in metabolism. And after one finishes with a fad diet, a person often balloons
right back up again.
The only way to effectively alter your weight and
nutritional intake is to work on a Ďlife changeí. To change the way you
cook and eat. Where you go to eat. To get on a program of exercise. Permanently.
And the change is slow. Gradual. I think that in a program like this, DietLog
could be an extremely useful tool. But the potential for misuse is great.
The manual is well written, but doesnít address these core issues.†
Dividing and subdividing and categorizing does not necessarily lead to
good eating habits. /Rant off
DietLog is a well researched, well written program.†
It works as it should and has a well designed interface. Itís a bit crowded
at first, though easy to learn. It can do a tremendous amount.† And
again, DietLog should be used constructively, allowing a person to get
a clear view of their eating habits. But it should not been seen as a way
to simply limit caloric intake nor a way to obsessively steer a person
away from an unrealistic diet (you should be able to eat a couple of eggs
and feel good about it.). It can be used as part of an educational program
to change someoneís entire approach to their health.
Back to the wedding, I downed a bunch o appetizers,
heaps of potato salad, come salmon, green beans, tomatoes and I could still
only get my calorie meter at 83%. Frustrating. On the way back to the B
and B where my family was staying, I persuaded my father to stop at a mini-mart
to pick up a pint of Ben and Jerryís.
After half was gone, the calorie meter at 92%. I had to polish the whole
thing off to get to a satisfying 102%. And I feel good. Itís nice to have
a little program like this to encourage you to go the distance. To down
the second half of Ben and Jerryís caramel fudge swirl. Yum. (Though Phish
food is still my number one favorite.)
Do I have regrets? My cholesterol for the day: a whopping
433%. But Iím not going to have a pint of Ben and Jerryís every day. Iím
kind of fond of my homemade ice-cream and grandmothers hot fudge sauce.
Sodium at 188%. Pretty bad at 4530mg. If I were to keep using DietLog (I
wonít because as much as I like the program, I donít have the patience
to keep plugging information in) Iíd certainly adjust my sodium targets
lower than the recommended targets. Fortunately, whenever I have my
blood pressure checked, itís pretty darn low. Again, the key, the absolute
key to good health is exercise. As important as diet is, exercise far outstrips
it in terms of importance to our health. The makers of DietLog, conveniently
Would I recommend the program? Yes, but proceed with
caution. It is an excellent tool that can easily be misused.
Bonus: Grammy Albertsí Hot Fudge Sauce
2 Squares unsweetened Chocolate
1/3 cup milk
1 cup sugar
2 tablespoons butter
Melt chocolate and milk over double boiler. Add sugar and butter and boil 2 minutes. Add vanilla. Do not over boil.
Serve immediately over ice cream.
- Well designed
- Very customizable
|- Potential for misuse
- Lack of Desktop conduit/counterpart