Faves: MyFitnessPal App

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Over the past couple years, I’ve been working hard on learning more about eating healthier. It’s a tough battle learning what to eat as products are labeled now to look healthy when they truly are not.

The best advice I can give to all of you is to stop and take the time to read the labels on the things that you buy. If there’s a long list of ingredients that you don’t understand than chances are it’s not healthy.

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Recently I decided that I wanted to keep a food journal of my meals to make sure my daily intake of everything is in check. I was searching Apps and found one that I really like called MyFitnessPal. I was amazed at how many meals they already had pre-loaded that you could plug into your breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks categories.

In just a few days, I started to see that even though I tend to eat a lot healthier than most, I still wasn’t quite getting a good balance of nutrients. And here’s something I bet most of you will find–your sugar intake is far above what you should be consuming. I was amazed at how much sugar was in things, especially yogurts.

I just wanted to share this App with all of you in case you were interested in seeing just how your meals and snacks add up throughout the day.

I know time is limited but I encourage all of you to try it for just one day and try not to have your mouth hang open when you read your end-of-day summary of your totals. Don’t view this as a diet or calorie counting thing but as a free education–something that will teach you which foods to find better alternatives for or to cut-back on.

Note: This is absolutely in no way a sponsored post but just one of my “faves” that I share from time to time in hopes that it might help my readers.

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Faves: Ezekiel 4:9 Bread

One of the things I want to do regularly on Glowing Gazelles is to highlight products I find that I have come to enjoy. There are so many products on the market that some great products can often go unnoticed.

The first one I want to highlight is Ezekiel 4:9 Bread. Last year, my husband and I were doing the Ripped in 30 challenge together. What I loved about this DVD is that once you buy it, you get access to a 30 day meal plan. It was through Jillian Michael’s mealplan that I discovered the Ezekiel 4:9 products.

These products can easily be missed because they are mostly kept in the freezer area of your grocery store. So if you only look for bread in the bread aisle, you probably won’t find them there. Chances are, your store may even carry these and you don’t know it. I was surprised when I found that a few of our Jewel locations offered them.

What I love about this bread is the ingredients are few and understandable. Some, such as the Ezekiel 4:9 Sprouted Whole Grain Bread, do not even have sugar listed. Check out the ingredients for that one:

Organic Sprouted Wheat, Organic Sprouted Barley, Organic Sprouted Millet, Organic Malted Barley, Organic Sprouted Lentils, Organic Sprouted Soybeans, Organic Sprouted Spelt, Filtered Water, Fresh Yeast, Sea Salt

And then check out what they have for info on this product on their site:

We discovered when these six grains and legumes are sprouted and combined, an amazing thing happens. A complete protein is created that closely parallels the protein found in milk and eggs. In fact, the protein quality is so high, that it is 84.3% as efficient as the highest recognized source of protein, containing all 9 essential amino acids. There are 18 amino acids present in this unique bread – from all vegetable sources – naturally balanced in nature.

My husband isn’t a fan of most breads that aren’t the classic white bread, but he did like this one. While it may seem like an inconvenience to keep it in the freezer, what I do is pull out what we may need and keep it in the fridge or just heat it up in the toaster. It has become a favorite in our household.

And here’s my challenge to you: Next time you buy a loaf of bread, take a minute to read through the ingredients. I bet you’ll be surprised at all the extras it has and all those unpronounceable ingredients that are more than likely not healthy. I’m hoping you might give this one a try.