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Food is Fuel for the Body

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Our bodies need a certain amount of calories to sustain life – as well as protein, carbohydrates and other nutrients to stay healthy. How do we know if we are meeting the needs of our bodies? Luckily, we don’t have to look far to find answers!

My Fitness Pal (myfitnesspal) is an app that tracks both exercise and nutrition. It’s as easy as scanning the food’s barcode with your smartphone or iPad. At the end of the day, you can see not only calories consumed, but a pie chart with the breakdown of your day’s nutrition. When you input your exercise for the day, more calories are added to your daily amount. My Net Diary (MyNetDiary) is a very similar app, with the added benefit of calories burned for weight training.

Apart from counting calories, these kinds of apps help us to see if we have nutritional ‘holes’ in our diet. With such specific breakdowns, you’ll begin to notice trends in eating too much of something and not enough of something else. For example, if you find that you’re low in calcium, you’ll be able to ramp up your calcium consumption or resort to supplements if it seems like mission impossible.

With neverending fad diets, each telling us that they are the pathway to optimal health, we need to keep one thing in mind: Food is fuel for our body. It should taste great, it can be our best preventative medicine, and we should be in tune with what kinds of fuel we are providing for ourselves. Take care of your body, it’s the only place you have to live.

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