Why I've Decided To Start Tracking My Food Again

Thursday, 29 March 2018

I've always had a decent knowledge of nutrition and always thought I could trust myself with food choices. And that's largely still true. 


Lately I've been feeling lost with knowing the nutritional value of what's going into my body. I've found myself more hungry than usual (clearly not enough focus on protein.) So I feel like if I have the info on my phone ready to input and read, I'll be aware and smart like Sally. 

I've tracked my food in the past and found it super-helpful. It made me realize how many calories were in a cup of rice! Plus I never wanted to put in when I ate a naughty biscuit or candy bar, so I lost weight out of the guilt for not eating it. I definitely need that accountability in my life right now, especially seeing as I want to be able to train harder. Weight isn't an issue for me. I wouldn't even care if I go over my calorie limit for the day. Because, you know, gains for lifting. But being responsible with my eating is a lesson I need to teach myself again.

Nutrition is the key to everything in health and it deserves more focus.

So, what killer app am I using? And no, it's not MyFitnessPal.

I was gonna use the old favorite, but I wanted something new. Something that had the same features, but was a new system and looks cooler. Literally the first item upon searching "food trackers" in the app store was Lifesum.

It's just like MFP, but it's so freaking pretty and nice to look at. So easy to use and easy to read how many macros you are getting in a day. They've even added smiley faces depending on how good your food choices were with each meal. I pretend it doesn't bother me when it has the sad face, but dammit I want it to be happy!

The barcode scanner works 100 times faster than the MFP one, so adding food is so easy. Plus, it saves everything you've put in the day before so it takes you no time at all to collect a diary of food. I haven't been that person to get out the electronic scales in a long time, but it feels damn good now.

It also has a water feature to track your hydration throughout the day. You can set it to how many liters you want/are likely to drink in a day and click on each cup as you drink. It's oddly satisfying and I'm so motivated to fill each one everyday.

So far with getting back into a healthy-eating focus I'm loving how I'm feeling. I think this app is going to really help me be more knowledgeable and smart about what I choose to fuel myself with.  I'm excited for my journey in the coming months!

What are your thoughts on food tracking?
Steph x.


  1. That's awesome that you're feeling better and that this works for you! For me I don't think I'll ever track my food again. I've had very bad things happen while tracking my food in the past, so now I just focus on eating a variety of unprocessed foods, mainly focusing on proteins, fruit and veggies :)

    Julia // The Sunday Mode

  2. I could really do with tracking my food but I just get so lazy with it. I know my diet is all over the place though with either eating too much or eating too little each day so I may have a look at this app and try it out!