Buddy makes a lifestyle change; health and fitness

Posted by on August 3, 2010 at 10:58 am.

Witch stirrin pot; Calorie Counter

 

Recently, a friend asked whether I knew of any free online calorie counters. She’s decided to make a radical change to her life. Her reasoning was simple although she looked healthy she knew she wasn’t where she could be health wise.

I’ve got to admit; I was surprised when she told me the news. I’m not one to preach health and nutrition. You can turn people off if you’re constantly in their face about their eating habits and why they need to make a change, you know? I figure the best approach is to live by example.

I am excited that she’s finally making changes into her lifestyle. One of the biggest things holding my buddy back was time. Just like myself, she stays extremely busy and she didn’t feel she had the time to add exercise into her schedule.

However, when she sat down she realized that she could add it into her life she just needed to make changes to her personal time. Once she got that under control she was ready to make the move and shake up her lifestyle. I’m happy for that she’s making the change, and it will be nice to work out with her now and again too.

But back to calorie counters, I really don’t use calorie counters, I pretty much know the calories that are in the whole foods I consume. When I became interested in nutrition, I made a habit to look up everything just so I could take a peek at the foods nutritional value.

Over the years,  I’ve tested out a few of the online calorie counters available so I was able to point my buddy to some of the numerous that are available. I’ve listed a few below.

Free Online Calorie Counters

  • Whole Foods
  • This is definitely my favortie website, and a place I frequent when I’m unsure of a food or just want to clarify nutritional information. It tells you the calories associated with the food item and more imporantly it gives you detailed nutritional information, health benefits, and case studies about the food item. It’s a keeper. You’ll see me link to this site a lot on Celebrate Life.

  • New Calorie Counter
  • With this calore counter you enter a single food item. It will give you the nutritional information available.

  • Calories Count
  • I like the fact that you can add a number of food items you’ve eaten or are planning to eat throughout the day. It gives you a quick overview of the amount of calories you’re consuming.

  • Fit Day
  • If you want to keep tabs on your calories and fitness, FitDay offers both in one place. It’s free to join, you have access to a variety of tools such as the calorie counter, online diary, and forums. A few years ago, I used FitDay since a few people I trained wanted to take a peek at my fitness routine and the types of foods I consumed. If you don’t have a lot of support this might be a good place for you, since you can interact with others that are sharing your fitness or weight loss goals.

If your goal is to lose weight, it takes time. Please don’t get discouraged. It took time to put the weight on, and if you use the natural approach  (focused on changing your eating habits and adding exercise into your routine) shedding those unwanted pounds might take a while. Please try to remember this when you experience some challenging times. I will tell you that having support can make those tough times so much easier. Try to surround yourself with  your own cheerleaders  who’ll congratulate you during your triumphs and encourage you and be help you through your minor setbacks.

There are numerous online calorie/fitness websites available. I’ve only selected a handful. Check them out or search for one that works best for you.

Question: Are there any online calorie counters or fitness journals you use? If so let us know in the comment section.

 

 

22 Comments

  • Amber says:

    I use http://www.mapmyrun.com to keep track of my workouts. It’s pretty awesome because it tells you how many calories you burned, and if it’s a run you’re tracking, how much gas you saved by walking or running instead of driving somewhere. If you’re someone who can actually walk to places because you live in a city it feels pretty good to see what it’s doing for you not only as far as fitness but monetarily too.

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    Moondancer Reply:

    Thanks for sharing @Amber, 🙂 In my twenties, I lived in the city. Having access to something like this would have been amazing since I walked and ran practically everywhere. It was so convenient to live downtown.

    I’ll definitely check it out since I’m adding more running into my routine. I’m mainly doing it for my daughter. Although she’s just seven years old she’s shown a real interest in running. We’re not doing anything major yet, just small jogs. When she gets older, It would be cool if we ran some marathons together!

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    Amber Reply:

    I definitely want to try to run a marathon someday! It’s an awesome fitness goal and really shapes you up. Glad to see your daughter is taking an interest!

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  • Maira Grove says:

    I like using http://www.fruitsandveggiesmorematters.org. They have nutrition facts and suggestions on how to use the food item you are looking for as well as other nutritional information. They also have a nuts database which I find useful once in a while.

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    Moondancer Reply:

    I love that one @Maira Grove, It looks as though it would be kid friendly too! I’ve bookmarked it and will peruse when I have some down-time. Suggestions can be helpful too, those are always a keeper. 🙂

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  • ashok says:

    Stumbled! Your links to past posts and to resources hopefully will benefit a number of other people.

    Everytime I get on this site, I feel like exercising. In fact, I think it’s about time I took a long walk…

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    Moondancer Reply:

    Thanks @ashok, I’m really enjoying your site, I’ve added it to my RSS feed. Walking is great exercise, it’s something I still enjoy doing. 🙂

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  • Kissie says:

    Ooh, Fit Day looks like a winner! I’m not turned off at all about someone trying to help me with my poor habits… I know but I like to be reminded from time to time.

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    Moondancer Reply:

    Heya @Kissie,
    FitDay is a great site, I remember there was a lot of support there for those who were getting into exercises. There wasn’t too much trolling going on which is great.

    If I know someone doesn’t mind, I’ll definitely give them tips. I’ll do everything I can to help them achieve their goals. It definitely depends on the person, you know?

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  • Wayne Howard says:

    Interesting. I don’t use calories counters. My diet is one low in carbs. You’ll find that once you out most of your carbs, especially the really bad ones like sugar, that you really aren’t left with many things that are very calorie dense. I know you are vegan so I won’t go too deep into my eating regime 🙂

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    Moondancer Reply:

    Heya @Wayne Howard,
    Thanks for stopping by, yes my food choices are a low calorie so I don’t have a weight loss issue. I’ve always been physically active, which I know helped out tremendously.

    You’re right, a person can make poor choices carb wise. Not all carbs are bad though; for example, your plant based carbs are very healthy. I wrote an article about that for a print magazine a few years ago. I imagine I’ll eventually write one here. In 2009, there was an interesting article titled The effect of a plant-based low-carbohydrate diet on body weight and blood lipid concentrations in hyperlipidemic subjects.

    I’m a health/fitness geek so read a lot of information on the subject.

    You can be healthy even if you don’t follow a plant based diet. I’ve met a few unhealthy vegetarians/vegans in my life. Sure they were vegetarian/vegan, but they gorged themselves on processed foods and dairy products. That’s definitely not a healthy diet.

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    Wayne Howard Reply:

    @Moondancer, Yes definitely. That’s all I eat.. vegatables and protein. (A lot salads). I need to eat a little more fruit though. I hardly eat any bread unless I feel like cheating a lil bit.

    My only problem is my sweet tooth. I love love love sweets and that is what gets me every time 🙁

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    Moondancer Reply:

    @Wayne Howard,

    Re: Fruit
    How about smoothies, ever tried adding fruits that way. I make green smoothies almost daily. Lots of greens (they are a good source of iron, calcium, and yes protein) I add fruit if I want them to be sweet. If not, it’s simply vegetables. The savory smoothies are delicious, and low calorie too (for those who are counting.)

    Re: Sweet
    Fruit puddings or a raw food treat might be an option if you’re craving sweets. Higher in calories sure, but they’re good for you and taste good too. That combination is pure win! It’s also important to remember that at times, our cravings might mean our bodies are deficient in something else too.

  • Kathy says:

    We have been making a switch over to more healthy smaller portion meals over the course of the last year. It has definitely made a difference in my energy level. I am not ready to go vegan or even vegetarian just yet though. I enjoy the other stuff way too much. I think that would have to be a really slow transition.

    We have also started getting out of bed an hour earlier and going for long morning walks. I can’t tell you how much I have grown to love these morning walks now. It isn’t very vigorous exercise, but I can feel my body becoming more energetic throughout my days as a result of this extra little habit.

    You have lots of good information on your website.

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    Moondancer Reply:

    Heya @Kathy,
    Thanks for popping by. It always feels great when you make healthier chices and it becomes increasingly apparant in your lifestyle. You don’t have to be vegetarian, or even vegan, to be healthy but making smart choices is key.

    Walking is a great way to exercise; it doesn’t have to be vigorous activity to get a great workout. We all exercise at different speeds and that’s perfectly ok. Besides, the numerous obvious benefits to regular exercise, engaging in physical activity aids in getting your lymph system moving. Muscle movement helps the lymph system to contract, and gets our lymph system moving. Some people think of it as the bodies sewage system, one of the ways we can make sure it keeps moving is through exercise. A few other ways are changing our diet, reducing stress, and even deep breathing.

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  • Rose says:

    Moondancer, you can tell your friend to try The Daily Plate on LIVESTRONG.COM. They have an excellent calorie counter.

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    Moondancer Reply:

    Thanks @Rose,
    I’ll pass the information on to here. I’ve been by Livestrong a few times, but never checked out The Daily Plate.

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  • Ileane @ Basic Blog Tips says:

    Hey Moondancer, If I start counting calories, my health would suffer because I would end up being totally depressed. 🙁

    Thanks for the links. I promise that I’m going to use them one day.

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    Moondancer Reply:

    Hello @Ileane @ Basic Blog Tips,
    Oh you can still monitor your calories without actually counting them, it’s something I do. I just eat foods that are low calorie. I don’t count what I eat but know what I’m eating isn’t off the charts. 🙂

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  • I didnt know your Blog address changed ok so Im back! Now Im really changing my eating. And you are a really great influence. I dont know anyone with the fortitude that you have!

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    Moondancer Reply:

    Hiay @Janet McDonald,
    Thanks for popping by, Yep, I’ve been at this url since early July. Sometimes I forget and leave my old url or gaming blog adress on other sites, heh.

    Congrats to you, on changing your eating habits! That makes me happy. I do believe fortitude is available for anyone; however, we do have to work on it. It’s a mental workout. 😉

    Thanks for the kind words, I get the same feelings about you when I think about your creative jewelry. It inspires me to get back into beading. I’m slowly working my way back a few beads at a time, lol.

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  • I have never used a calorie counter but I can understand how useful they would be. I believe in excercise and watch your portions. It has worked for me for a long long time.

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