I’ve always been a little behind on the cell phone front. When cell phones with color images came out, I was the last of my friends to update. This past winter, I finally made the switch to a smart phone. I love how it help’s me better manage my time – waiting in a long line at the grocery store? No problem! I’ll just read, write, and delete some emails. It is a bit distracting at times, and I now and then I put down the technology and enjoy my surroundings, in general I’m so glad I have it.
Smart phone applications are increasingly becoming useful in the world of health and nutrition. I’d like to tell you all about some apps that can help you manage your health in a fun and interactive way. Full disclosure: I was not paid to endorse these apps; I really use them, and I really just like them :)
Hal Higdon’s ½ Marathon – Novice 1 Training Program
I’ve recently started running again after taking some time off to nurse an injury. I really want to run another half-marathon again this fall – but some major training is in line first. To the web I went, searching for a great plan to follow.
Not ready for a half? Just want to walk it? Maybe a 5K is more your speed – that’s great! There’s an app for that too! Here are the top 5 things I like about this plan:
- I can customize the start and race date. There is a countdown to race day on the home page.
- Walking as a cross-training activity is encouraged.
- For every workout, Hal provides useful tips.
- It’s easy to record a work out as completed – just tap twice!
- Following a plan – definitely keeps me motivated
I find this app useful to record my routes. No more tediously planning a route before a run, just grab my phone and go. I can use the map as I go to plan my route all while monitoring my time, pace, and distance.
This app isn’t just for those trying to lose weight – it’s also nice for maintaining weight and keeping a food diary. I find when I keep a food diary (writing down what I eat), I’m more likely to make smart choices and keep treats as treats. It’s super easy to find foods in the database – or just scan the UPC label and there it is. Just be sure not to get too hung up on the numbers. If you miss a day or a week – who cares.
The new MyPlate logo emphasizes fruit as part of a healthy meal. I agree. Do you eat 2 servings of fruit daily?
Including it with breakfast is an easy way to get a serving in. No big surprise here, my favorite way to eat fruit in the a.m. is with my oats. This morning it was all about the blueberries. Today I added some almond butter for protein and some granola for a sweet crunch. I cooked the oatmeal with a little cinnamon and served Chai tea on the side. This is a breakfast that will hold me over until lunch.
I have to admit, although oatmeal is a long-time favorite, lately my bowl-of-oat inspiration comes from Kath Eats Real Food. I urge you to browse through Kath’s ‘Tribute to Oatmeal‘. It’s pretty amazing. And it kinda makes me want to eat oatmeal all day long.
It is March! March means I’m already 4 weeks into my clinical rotation.
Since I last updated about the internship I’ve been through my renal and cardiology basic clinical rotations. I’m in the middle of my general med/surgical/ortho basic clinical rotation. All this means is that each week I work with different RD’s who are responsible for different floors (units) of the hospital. Each RD is responsible for providing diabetes education to patients.
I can’t believe how fast the time is going by! I’ve already learned so much. I go back and forth daily trying to decide whether the clinical hospital setting is the right career choice for me. Although I think it is fascinating, I don’t get very excited about it. I’ve had the opportunity to see a few outpatient educations during my time at the hospital. This is definitely something I can see myself doing!
March also means it’s National Nutrition Month (NNM)! One of my projects for the internship involves creating educational materials – right up my alley! I put together a poster board and educational handout for the hospital cafeteria. I’ll be sharing some of this info with you as NNM continues.
This year the theme of NNM is “Get Your Plate in Shape” which promotes the concepts behind the new MyPlate icon that replaced the Food Guide Pyramid. The basic MyPlate messages are:
- Make half your plate fruits and vegetables
- Make half your grains, whole grains
- Switch to fat-free/low-fat milk
- Enjoy your food but eat less
- Avoid oversized portions
- Drink water instead of sugary drinks
Over the next month I’ll be blogging about these topics. Do you have any questions or topics you want me to address?
I am a breakfast person. It is without a doubt my favorite meal of the day and a very important one too! My go-to early morning meal is 1/2 a cup of rolled oats cooked up with all kinds of goodies: chia or flax seeds, nuts and nut butters, fresh and dried fruit, spices. However, this isn’t very convenient when I’m running out the door in a hurry.
Today’s on-the-go breakfast idea comes from my Aunt Chris. Her recommendation:
Individual containers of fresh fruit for the week….
Takes some time to put together on the weekend, but nice to grab and eat with a piece of fresh mozzarella or a hard-boiled egg on the commute to work.
Sounds wonderful! I’ll be giving this a try sometime soon.