May I assume you’ve been following Mac360’s app reviews for awhile? If so, you know I’m the resident Mac360 Foodie™. I love to cook. I love to eat. And my Mac and iPhone are loaded with cooking apps to prove it.
Further proof is my non-diminutive stature. As I age, I require more than just watching what I eat. I watch it, alright. Every bite. What I need is to track the diet and nutrition of what I eat. Mac to the rescue.
Consciously Eating vs. Plain Eating
Eating is one thing. Paying attention to what I eat is something else. I decided to enlist my Mac in the war against poundage. Fortunately, Mac users have many choices to help us with diet and nutrition (they’re not the same thing).
Foodurama is my Mac app of choice (this week) to help me make better food choices.
From my perspective, there are five basic elements to a good diet that will work for all of us.
First, we have to find out what our body likes, doesn’t like, and needs. Second, set a balanced diet and stick to it. Third, find out what else we can eat that also fits the diet and lifestyle. Pay attention to weight. And, where needed maintain the diet as a lifestyle.
Foodurama is a Mac app that starts with a premise—we should eat consciously, not blindly. Consciously means we have to pay attention to the details, and the details need to be recorded somewhere. That’s where your Mac comes in.
Log & Evaluate
The first step is to let Foodurama log what you eat and when so you can evaluate the process. Add food to the list or use the built-in database so you can record what you ate.
Calculations are made instantly so you’ll always know whether it’s OK to eat this or that, or whether you need to stick to a bushel of celery the rest of the week.
We may have Macs, but we’re all different. Our bodies may require or reject certain foods, and in differing amounts.
Our day to day activities differ, too, and may differ during different times of the day or week or month. Foodurama takes those differences into consideration and can adapt recommendations accordingly.
If you’re training or pregnant, or have certain allergies, you’ll need a different plan that’s tailored to you. Foodurama can handle nutrition preferences and meals.
When it comes to food I’m agreeable. Mention almost any food and I’ll give it a try. Foodurama makes suggestions. After a few weeks of use I found that Foodurama would make suggestions as to what I could and should eat to keep my diet balanced.
The suggestions are based upon what you’ve entered and what Foodurama tracks.
Therein lies the only real problem I’ve encountered to date. Recommending a salad for breakfast and scrambled eggs for dinner (not that there’s anything wrong with that) was a surprise.
Foodurama comes with a useful User Guide, hidden in the Help menu.
Each of the basic features are covered in enough detail to get started. Just remember to put some effort into actually using Foodurama for a period of time.
The only other gripe I have is that there’s not a corresponding iPhone version that syncs data between phone and Mac. That’s too bad. Increasingly, I travel with only my iPhone and not my MacBook Pro, so having a mobile companion app is a growing need.
Foodurama’s big secret is twofold—it makes you track what you eat, and because of that you eat more consciously, and both work together to give you a better diet.