Roseman Medical Group: Better Nutrition is Just An App Away
Now that we’ve entered the second month of 2021, you might have already encountered a few roadblocks on the road to your health goals. The lack of time, energy, or motivation can make even the smallest goal feel insurmountable, and attempting to alter your diet in any way might prove to be a bit overwhelming. Whether your goal is to lose weight, quit smoking, or simply improve your health overall, I’m positive you would agree that any well-intentioned wellness plan is quickly derailed by poor nutrition.
On January 5, 2021, Roseman Medical Group published an informative blog post discussing the importance of good nutrition. When you eat a balanced diet from the five major food groups — vegetables, fruits, grains, protein, and dairy — you are giving your body the nutrients, vitamins, and minerals it needs to function optimally. This is the definition of good nutrition. Though the recommended amount of each food group will vary based on a person’s age, sex, and activity level, eating a balanced diet is a major key to good health.
Beyond preparing your body to take on the stressors of day-to-day life, a well-balanced diet can help:
- Reduce the risk of diseases, such as heart disease, diabetes, stroke, certain cancers, and osteoporosis
- Reduce high blood pressure
- Lower high cholesterol
- Maintain your immune system
- Boost your energy level
- Improve your ability to recover from illness or injury
If improving your diet is a goal, tracking your food intake can help you monitor your eating habits and make better decisions. There are so many devices and mobile applications on the market today to make this possible. RMG offered a comprehensive list of mobile apps that help you track and improve your nutrition and monitor your progress in achieving personal wellness goals. Within the blog post, Kristine Campo highlighted the benefits of each app and explained the key functions:
Start Simple with MyPlate
This easy-to-use, free app can help you make positive changes in the new year. Start Simple with MyPlate allows you to set goals within food groups, sync to your smartwatch, and see real-time progress.
MyFitnessPal is one of the most popular health and fitness apps. Track nutrition with the digital food journal by scanning product barcodes, importing meals and recipes or searching from over 11 million foods in the database. Add your exercise activity or connect with other apps or devices to get a full view of your daily progress.
This app is one of the top-rated health and fitness apps on both Apple and Android devices. This app makes tracking nutrition easy by providing a database of over 27 million items, a barcode scan feature, and the ability to upload photos of your food. You’ll also receive reports of your behaviors and progress straight to your inbox.
Cron-o-meter can be accessed from a computer or through a mobile app. It features streamlined data entry, tracking of up to 82 micronutrients from over 300,000 foods, creation of custom foods and recipes, and the ability to log your diet, exercise, biometrics, and notes. The charts and daily breakdown within the app give a quick snapshot of your daily progress.
Fooducate helps you identify what’s in the foods you eat and how to make better choices. The barcode scanning feature allows you to add foods to your digital journal, while also providing suggestions for healthier food options. This simple app tracks your macros and provides a personalized nutrition grade for each food you input into the app.
Better nutrition is only an app away! Pair these products with the people at Roseman Medical Group who are available to assist you. A balanced diet, physical activity, and annual wellness exams are all important components of a solid health improvement plan. Call 702-463-4040 to schedule an appointment with one of RMG’s qualified team of family medicine providers, and stay on top of your health and wellness goals.