How one woman’s stubborn decision to live a healthy lifestyle instead of taking pills led to the development of Careot – a free food, calorie and nutrition tracker app with some very cool features.

When my doctor told me my cholesterol was high I knew I could do better with my nutrition and wanted to work on my eating habits before taking costly medications. I had also heard from friends how improved nutrition had remarkably improved their health and helped them recover from serious illnesses.

I started eating healthier food items, such as fruits and vegetables, cereal, turkey and less red meats. In addition to changing my diet I also started paying more attention to living an active lifestyle, such as taking more walks with my dogs, going to the gym, and canoeing. I find going out and enjoying the outdoors is also a lot more fun than staying indoors and taking a pill just to lower my cholesterol.

But, like everyone else it is hard to change habits. Most people chose the easy way of popping in a pill instead of eating right and exercising. I realized that there are several benefits to changing my eating habits and lifestyle. To begin with it’s not just about lowering my cholesterol but also making sure I am eating food with the correct nutritional value. Choosing the right diet can be a lot trickier that I ever imagined. Some diets that were supposed to bring down the bad LDL cholesterol also lowered the good HDL and increased triglycerides, which can be quite dangerous. Also the diets that keep HDL from falling also did not lower the LDL level too much. You have to also watch the saturated and trans fatty acids. There are so many diet options that I had to not only keep track of the calories but also know the nutritional value of the food items for each meal.

I soon realized that tracking all my meals, food items and nutritional values every day was not going to be easy. Having a handy app with you on your phone makes it easier.  I wanted to have an app that could track many nutritional factors and give the user graphical feedback so they can quickly see their progress.  I tried to include as many features as is possible on a phone app to make journaling and trending your food easy and fun. Comparing to friends can also be a big motivator.  The goal is to make the user more aware of the nutritional value of the food they eat and give them feedback to help them achieve their goals.

The Careot App makes it easy and fun to record and analyze the calories and nutritional values consumed from all your meals, snacks and drinks, even when you have a busy schedule. Here are some cool features you should try out:

  • Take a picture of your meal so you can enter the food journal entries at a later time or share with your friends on Facebook.
  • Use the social media section of Careot to motivate your friends, stick with your diet plans, and learn new recipes or to celebrate your accomplishments.
  • Use the GPS Locator to save the location of a healthy meal you ate at your favorite restaurant so you can get a reminder to eat the same meal when you revisit that same location.
  • Use the graphs on the dashboard to easily track the nutrient values you have selected to review and analyze over a time period.

I hope you have fun using Careot – your free food journal and calorie tracker app that makes it easy to enter your meal journal entries, track your calories and graph nutritional values to help meet your diet goals.

Best wishes,

Ruth

Use Careot, an easy to use food tracker and nutrition app, to track essential nutrients for effective weight loss

Most dieters track their meals to watch their diet and lower their calories to lose weight. However, to lose weight it is not sufficient to simply cut down on the food you eat to lower the calorie count. The nutrients we consume play a critical role in our plan to lose weight. A low calorie diet which does not provide you with the right balance of nutrients can also cause a lot of harm. A well balanced diet should include minerals, fat, carbohydrates and protein, and the recommended amount of fluids from water and juice or other recommended healthy drinks that are low in sugar.

However, on a daily basis it is not easy to know if you are consuming the right balance of nutrients or track them efficiently. We suggest trying out Careot, a free food tracker and nutrition app that serves as a food, meal, calorie and nutrient value journal that makes it easy to not only track calories but also the nutrients essential for a balanced and healthy diet.

Here are a list of essential nutrients that you can track with Careot. You get to choose which essential nutrient values you need to track and trend over a period of time to help you lose weight in a healthy manner.

1. Calcium

It is recommended that adults get 1,000 milligrams of calcium per day. Calcium are essential for bones to maintain their strength and density. Calcium helps prevent osteoporosis, to regulate blood pressure, and the recommended daily amount of calcium is proven to also help you lose weight. With Careot you get to make sure you are able to track the exact amount of nutrient values from low fat dairy products that provide you with calcium and protein to help increase muscle mass while helping you lose weight.

2. Iron

Anemia is a very common mineral deficiency caused by lack of iron in your diet. Anemia is prevalent worldwide, especially in developing countries. If your weight loss diet is causing you to be chronically fatigued, chances are you do not consuming sufficient amounts of iron, causing you to suffer from iron deficiency anemia.

Since Careot serves as a journal and tracker, it serves as an easy to food, calorie and nutrition app that helps you to easily track the nutrient value of iron you are getting from the following iron rich foods:

Red meat, such as beef
Turkey or chicken
Beans, lentils, and soybeans
Eggs, especially the yolks
Dark, leafy greens, such as spinach and collards
Dried fruit, such as raisins
Iron-enriched cereals and grains
Mollusks, such as oysters and scallops
Liver
Artichokes

By applying Careot to serve as your nutrition journal and tracker, you get to ensure your Iron intake remains at the recommended levels so that your red blood cells are rich in oxygen, proving your body with the much needed energy to exercise, a key component of weight loss regiments. So, to lose weight make sure you get enough Iron. Lastly, it is also recommended to track your nutrient value of Vitamin C as it helps with iron absorption.

3. Fiber

The Careot food journal along with the nutrient tracker feature will help you track the recommended fiber intake of 25g per day, and all the foods that are rich in fiber, such as fresh fruits, vegetables, legumes and whole grains. Fiber is important as it will help you stay away snacking or feeling hungry all the time. Eat a breakfast cereal rich in fiber, track the nutrition value with Careot and reduce your food craving or your tendency to overeat during the day as fiber helps you to feel full longer. Also, make sure you get plenty for water to avoid feeling bloated and getting gas.

4. Omega-3 Fatty Acids

Omega-3 fatty acids are good fat, found in eggs and fish. Omega-3 fatty acids are different from bad fats, such as trans fats and saturated fats. They are important for a healthy heart and for brain function. Use Careot food tracker to bring up your favorite meals rich in Omega-3 fatty acids so that you also get to feel energized and fuller for longer periods of time. The Careot food journal can bring up previous meals with salmon and sardines, fish oil, nuts or flaxseed, all providing omega-3 fatty acids.

5. Vitamin D

Another essential nutrient for a healthy diet is Vitamin D. Choose Vitamin D as one of the Nutrient Values to track as it essential for absorption of calcium absorption. Make sure your food journal in Careot is tracking Cod liver, fish oils, milk and other dairy products as they are all rich in Vitamin D.

Don’t forget to use the community section in the Careot app to remind your friends about the importance of a balanced nutrition in their diets. You can also recommend meals with the food items providing the essential nutrients for a healthy weight loss regiment.

You will get an idea on how the app works by visiting www.careot.net