September 2013

Nutrition & Fitness Apps to Keep You Healthy! 

With kids back in school, afternoon activities, business travel, and the start of football season, September is one busy month! With a jammed packed schedule it can be challenging to "get it all in" and stay focused on your health. However, with the use of the right apps, you can keep track of your progress and simplify your path to healthier living! In this month's newsletter, I have shared a few of my favorite nutrition, fitness, recipe, and speciality apps that make living a healthy life easier. I have suggested these apps on a variety of factors, and encourage you to explore what is right for you and your goals. 

I hope you enjoy!

- Elizabeth

Food & Nutrition Log Apps: 


My Fitness Pal -


  • Over 2 million foods in database
  • Allows you to set goals and desired calorie goal 
  • Tracks your calorie intake and calorie / activity burn
  • Keeps track of what has been eaten on a regular basis, saving time because you do not have to "search" for the food every time you need to add it 
  • You can add "friends" who can then view your progress (without seeing your actual weight), and you can leave encouraging words and comments for each other
  • Only tracks calories and does not track macro and micronutrient intake (i.e. grams of carbohydrates, protein, and fat)
  • Easy to track notes and make additional comments 
  • This is my favorite app!




Fooducate - Basic version is free, but there are additional features with a $4.99 upgrade

  • Fooducate helps you lose weight, eat real food, and track your progress
  • Unique feature that grades your food and explains what is in each product, and even offers healthier alternatives 
  • Provides GMO information 
  • Scan a bar code of your food and you will instantly learn about the pros and cons of the food item 
  • Analyzes information found in the nutrition panel and ingredient list 
  • This app is unique because it not only helps track your calories, but really helps you understand the quality of the calories you are consuming 


My Net Diary HD - $9.99 

  • Over 510,000 foods in database 
  • Easy and fast to use
  • Built in barcode scanner 
  • Tracks calories as well as micro and macronutrient intake (i.e. grams of carbohydrates, protein, and fat) 
  • Send a picture of a food not in the database and the application will update itself for you
  • Works offline without internet and syncs to the "cloud" when internet is available 
  • Access diary online 
  • Not easy to email report to dietitian, however during session meeting you can log into website and view journal 


FitDay - Free

  • Food and fitness tracker with an app and web based system 
  • Easy to create custom foods 
  • Tracks calories, carbohydrate, protein, and fat intake
  • Allows you to log in online you can view reports and see "pie charts" showing percentage ratio of carbohydrate, protein, and fat intake 
  • Does not send reports to dietitian, but you can log into web based version during nutrition sessions to review


Lose It - Basic version is free, but there are many enhanced features with premium upgrade 

  • Food and fitness journal that connects with the people you need to reach your goals 
  • Sends weekly reports to dietitian of food and exercise log 
  • Extensive database of foods 
  • Recipe builder, so that you can add and customize personal recipes 
  • Connects social media accounts such as Facebook and Twitter 
  • Premium upgrade will connect with other health and fitness apps and will link to enhance your experience with apps such as Nike+Fuelband, Fitbit Tracker, Nike+Running App, MapMyFitness, and more


Evernote - Free

  • This is an non- traditional use of the business friendly app "Evernote" but is a very effective and easy way to track food intake
  • Notes can include text or images (take pictures of amount eaten or nutrition label of new food)
  • Tags can be used to organize journal in an easy, sharable notebook for anyone to review 
  • Does not calculate calorie intake or exercise calories burned 

Apps Galore: More Apps to Keep You Healthy!



Food Allergy and Sensitivity Apps: 

mySymptoms Food Diary - $2.99 

Allergy Mate - $1.99 

Food Allergy Detective - $3.99 


Eating Disorder and Recovery Apps: 

Recovery Record - Eating Disorder Management - Free 

Rise Up: Overcome Your Eating Disorder- Free

Mindful Delight - A No-Diet Eating and Awareness Tracker - Free 


Apps for Diabetes and Heart Disease

iCookbook Diabetic - Free

mySugr, Diabetes Manager - Free for basic version

Cholesterol Down by Dr. Janet Brill - $2.99 

Eating for a Healthy Heart: The Video Guide - $4.99

Figure facts Heart Health - $2.99


Recipe of the Month:  Lemon Dill Fish Fillets

cup crushed melba snack crackers (about 20 crackers) 1 tsp paprika
1 tsp grated lemon rind 1 tsp dried dill
tsp dry mustard 4 lean white fish fillets (6 oz)
cooking spray

tsp salt 


Preheat oven to 400F. Combine the first five ingredients in a zippered bag, seal, and shake. Coat both sides of fish with cooking spray and sprinkle with salt. Place cracker mixture in shallow bowl and dredge fish in cracker mixture. Arrange fish in an 11x7" baking dish coated with cooking spray. Bake for 15 minutes or until fish flakes easily with fork. Serve with brown rice and steamed broccoli.


In This Issue

Apps for Cooking:


All Recipes - Your Kitchen Inspiration - Free 

With over 45,000 member tested recipes, this app is a must have! You can search recipes based off of the ingredients you have on hand, specific dietary restrictions such as gluten-free, low carb, or low sodium. All recipes come with estimated prep time as well as reviews from other members. There is a "Pro" version with enhanced features for only $2.99. 


FoodGawker - Free 

Allows you to search for your favorite recipe...with your "eyes". This app is a companion to the website www.foodgawker.com and will showcase new recipes everyday through food photos. The food photos and recipes are submitted by individual blogs, therefore not all recipes will be suited for all nutrition and diet needs. However this is a fun app to explore new ideas! I guess you could say Food Gawker is like the "Pintrest" of all things food! 


Spinning Meals - $1.99 

If you struggle with "what's for dinner" every week, this may be a fun app to use! With one simple spin the app will generate your dinner "menu" and will even supply you with the corresponding recipes and shopping list! 


Apps for Fitness: 


See Me Get Fit - Free 

This app is great for the "visually motivated" who likes to track progress with more than just the number on the scale. You hear the term often: "Muscle weighs more than fat", but when changing your body is a goal, you want to see results, and all too often people fall into the rut of using the "scale" to measure success. See Me Get Fit allows you to track your progress with photos, so that you can really see the changes going on with your body! 


Nike + Running - Free

Easy to use app that uses your iPhone's GPS to record distance, pace, and time. This app will "talk to you" every mile giving you an update on how things are going. You can track your progress, view for past pace and distance history, track calories burned...all while listening to your music while you run! You can add friends to motivate and inspire each other with a little healthy competition. 


iWOD- Free

Created by CrossFit enthusiast to help keep fitness fun! This app delivers a Workout of the Day, Lift Logs, Fitness Timers and more.



Quote of the Month:

"If you want to sail your ship in a different direction, you must turn one degree at a time." - Brian Tracy 

Scripture of the Month:

Proverbs 18:15


An understanding mind gains knowledge; the ear of the wise seeks knowledge (CEB)


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About Elizabeth

Registered Dietitian

Certified Nutrition & Wellness Coach


Elizabeth has a passion for helping people achieve permanent weight loss  and optimal health. Having struggled for over twenty years with her weight, Elizabeth used a faith-based approach to lose 115lbs. which she has kept off for over 10 years. She uses the same strategies, along with her twenty-year background in counseling, to provide a faith-based approach to her nutrition and wellness services that include:

  • Transformation! A Faith-based Weight Management Program
  • Emotional Eating Support Groups
  • Nutrition & Wellness Seminars
  • Shopping Smart Supermarket Tours

Elizabeth maintains a full-time private practice and consults for supermarkets. She has a Master's Degree in Rehabilitation Counseling from New York University.


For more information about Elizabeth's services, visit www.weightlosstransformation.com

Weight Loss Transformation, LLC| 718-276-6037 | elizabeth@weightlosstransformation.com | http://www.weightlosstransformation.com
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