Tech Tips for Fertility Foodies

For a lot of our patients, the road to fertility is paved with obstacles, including dietary changes and meal management. It’s no secret that changing the way you eat can be one of the toughest things you’ll do for yourself.

Journaling your food and exercise helps to maintain accountability and understand when and how certain dietary decisions had various outcomes. We know you’re always on the go, so we’ve got you covered with a few apps available for your phone and home computer to help.

Calorie Counter by FatSecret
Free: iPhone and Android
Calorie Counter lets you pick food from a list of common restaurant items or scan barcodes of items you eat while you’re on the run. If eating a home cooked meal, enter the meal on their website with your computer. (Then, it’s saved when you have the leftovers for lunch the next day!). This app keeps track of weight management, exercise routines, and other daily activities that affect your overall health. It also has recipe suggestions, just check with your acupuncturist to make sure they fit in with your treatment plan.

Lose It!
Free: iPhone and Android
With LoseIt!, you’ll add meals and snacks during the day from a library of restaurants or by using your phone to scan barcodes of items. You can enter in meals, snacks, dinner, and drinks on your phone or save your own recipe information on your home computer to your account. You can also keep track of exercise each day. This app is fun and easy to use with a great interface. Use Lose It! for chronicling your diet and exercise, to view your own trends, and to have a record of your own awesome progress.

A Low GI Diet Tracker
$3.99: iPhone
Keeping track of your meal’s glycemic index is challenging, but Low GI Tracker will manage your GI count, carbohydrates, protein, and caloric intake each meal for everything you eat. If a practitioner has talked about following a low glycemic diet, then this may be the thing to help keep you on target. The only downside is that it is only available for the iPhone.

Our Groceries
Free: iPhone, Android, Blackberry
This isn’t an app for tracking what you eat, but it can help with meal planning. Ever forget what your acupuncturist told you to add to congee? Have you ever left a grocery list at home and realized it on the way from the office to the store? Have you ever wanted your spouse to do the shopping, but they didn’t know what to get? This is your solution. Add items to your list on any of the phones in your home or on any computer. The list automatically syncs with the other devices. Each time an item is purchased, cross it off the list. Voila!