Everything you need to know about pre & probiotics

This is a guest post from Susan Macfarlane, a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist utilizing Cronometer to help run a busy private practice in Ontario, Canada. In the ongoing pursuit of health, wellness, and longevity, scientists and health professionals have turned their attention inward, specifically towards our guts. It’s estimated that our gastrointestinal (GI) tract contains approximately […]

Marathon Training with Cronometer

We are so proud to have a very active staff! This summer staffers Robbie, Marie-Eve and Eliisa plan on running the Banff Marathon. Here’s how Robbie uses Cronometer as a tool in his training regime. Committing to run 42 kilometres (or 26.2 miles) isn’t for the faint of heart. Endless days of pounding the pavement […]

What is the Best Diet for Weight Loss?

When it comes to weight loss, everyone has an opinion. From low-carb to low-fat, and everything in between, there is no shortage of diets that cater to every preference and taste. But which (if any) of these diets are truly effective at achieving and maintaining long-term, sustainable weight loss?  In today’s post, we’re taking a […]

Nutrient Needs for Athletes

The role of nutrition in the maintenance of good health and prevention of disease is well-established. Yet for the competitive or recreational athlete, proper nutrition is more than daily sustenance; it is the cornerstone of athletic performance. However, finding credible, evidence-based recommendations in the era of information overload can be tedious. The following is a […]

Does What We Eat Change our Metabolism?

We’ve all seen those flashy headlines that promise effortless weight loss by simply adding a few key foods that are *guaranteed* to increase your metabolism. But is this true? Can what you eat actually alter your metabolic rate? To answer this question, we need to first broaden our understanding of what metabolism is and isn’t.  […]

How I Lost Weight Just by Tracking What I Ate With Cronometer

Hi there! My name is Eliisa and I run Cronometer’s social media pages, photograph our images and write some of our blogs. My job is to give you, our awesome users, insight into who we are and what we stand for. All the while providing useful nutrition information, tips and tricks for using Cronometer, motivation […]

How to Track Beta-Hydroxybutyrate with Cronometer

Hey Keto Users! Cronometer just got even better! We are proud to announce that we are the only app to provide support for tracking exogenous ketone supplements. Most keto dieters are familiar with BHB, or Beta-hydroxybutyrate, but if you aren’t then it’s one of the three “physiological” ketone bodies produced and burned in our cells. […]

What is the Ideal Rate of Weight Loss?

We’ve all heard that a safe rate of weight loss is between 1-2 lbs (or 0.5 to 1 kg) per week. Yet the reality is that few people are content with losing only 4 lbs per month and are likely to engage in more extreme diet control strategies in an attempt to expedite the rate […]

How to Stick to Your New Years Resolutions Beyond January 31st

Remember a month ago when you woke up to greet a brand new year? You vowed to make big changes, made yourself all kinds of promises for the next 365 days? After one final night of celebrating you decided the time is now. You were so motivated to take action. Change your life. Live better. […]

What Do Our Trends in Cronometer Tell Us?

Trends Have you ever wondered what all the data in your Cronometer could be useful for? Some people have been logging foods into Cronometer for years and have hundreds of days of entries! If you’re thinking the past is in the past then think again. Then head to the Trends tab. When you go to […]

Five Health Habits to Start the New Year Off Right

New Year New You

The time for reflection and resolution is upon us! And if you’re like most, the allure of a fresh start is too tempting to not set (or at least think about setting) a few New Year’s resolutions. But before diving in and resolving to lose weight, find love, or pay off your debt, take a […]

Coming Back to Cronometer

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Why Did We Leave Cronometer? It wasn’t really a breakup.  It’s not like we got mad at Cronometer.  We didn’t stomp off in a fury.  It was more of a gradual drifting away.  We started to Cron (that’s the verb form of Cronometer!) because we had a goal.  Perhaps it was weight loss.  Maybe it […]

Food Allergies vs Intolerances

Food allergy

Recent estimates suggest that 3.6% of Americans, or approximately 1 in 25 adults, live with a food allergy or intolerance (1). However, intolerance and allergy are not interchangeable terms for the same condition; rather, they represent two distinct conditions that involve separate systems of the body. Read on to find out more about what distinguishes […]

3 Steps to Mindful Eating

When clients work with me, they expect to talk about their food choices and answer questions like: How many fruits and vegetables do you eat per day? How often do you eat at restaurants in a week? Are your food choices processed or unprocessed? And so on. However, what many people don’t expect is to […]

Managing IBS with FODMAPs

FODMAP

Understanding IBS Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is a functional gastrointestinal disorder afflicting between 10-15% of the U.S. adult population (1). There are no specific tests for IBS, so a diagnosis is made using the Rome IV Diagnostic Criteria (2): Recurrent abdominal pain (on average, at least 1 day/week in past 3 months) associated with two […]

Unsafe in Any Size Glass? A New Study on Worldwide Alcohol Consumption

Alcohol Consumption

A study published in August in The Lancet, one of the world’s most prestigious medical journals, surveyed data from 195 countries on alcohol consumption and health risks, and concluded that “The level of alcohol consumption that minimized harm across health outcomes was zero standard drinks per week.” For those of us who are concerned enough […]

Is Breakfast Really the Most Important Meal of the Day?

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Most of us have grown up hearing the old adage that breakfast is the most important meal of the day and health experts have been warning for years that skipping breakfast can lead to weight gain. Yet, with the popularity of intermittent fasting on the rise, the authenticity of this piece of nutrition advice has […]

Why Do We Lie to Our Cronometer?

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It’s happened again.  I lied to my Cronometer. Well, I didn’t entirely lie.  I just didn’t tell it the whole truth. I started out the day with good intentions (don’t we all?).  I entered my morning weight in my Cronometer.   I had a plan to eat my usual breakfast, which requires just a few minutes of […]

How much fruit is too much?

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Regardless of the type of diet followed, pretty much everyone can agree that eating vegetables is a good idea. However, when it comes to fruit, there is a much louder, contentious debate going on. On one hand, you have the keto folks arguing that the sugar in fruit will cause spikes in blood glucose and […]

2018 – The Year of Low Carb

Low Carb Revolution

Interview with Dr. Richard Feinman, Professor of Cell Biology, Richard Feinman, PhD, is a cell biologist who is widely credited with doing some of the first serious scientific research on the Atkins Diet.  His career has spanned decades as low fat diets waxed and waned in public health recommendations. While he emphasizes not being an […]

Fighting Inflammation with Food

Inflammation

‘Inflammation’ is a commonly cited, yet poorly understood, condition that is often used as a “catch-all” diagnosis by both the wellness and medical community to explain non-specific symptoms like aches, pain, fatigue, and stress. In addition, inflammation seems to be linked to an increasing number of diseases, ranging from metabolic syndrome to type 2 diabetes. […]

Interview with Tom Horvath on Food, Addiction, Cravings and Being Human

Cravings Journey

Tom Horvath, PhD, is a clinical psychologist who has led the way in creating and implementing science-based approaches to helping people overcome addictions of all kinds.  He was one of the founders and President for 20 years of SMART (Self-Management and Recovery Training) Recovery, an international recovery group that uses Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Rational […]

What is the Glycemic Index?

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Although it may seem like diet trends are constantly changing, the reality is that most popular diets are simply iterations of the low-carb, low-fat, or low-calorie diets that came before them. And while all these diets can work (at least in the short-term), the restriction and deprivation typically required often makes them unsustainable in the […]

How to Stop Nighttime Snacking

Nighttime Snacking

If you struggle with ‘nighttime snacking’, ‘nighttime noshing’ or the ‘midnight munchies’, you’re not alone. In fact, this annoying little habit is by far the most common dietary complaint I hear in my nutrition practice. When I ask clients the 5 W’s of their snacking situation, the answers I usually receive are: chips; after supper; […]

“The Conversation”: How to Talk to Friends and Family About Tracking Your Nutrition

The Conversation

           When I first started using Cronometer, back when it was brand new, my friends thought I was anorexic, obsessive-compulsive, or just plain nuts (and not the high in Vitamin E kind!)  I had been vegetarian for ten years, hardcore vegan for five (no honey, no leather), and a low-fat zealot back in the nineties, […]

How to Find Credible Nutrition Information

Edit   In this further guest posting from Susan MacFarlane, RD, we discuss finding credible nutrition information. Nowadays, everyone seems to be an expert when it comes to nutrition advice: “Eat breakfast! Don’t eat until 12 pm!”; “Avoid carbs, they will make you fat! Fat makes you fat!”; “Only buy organic! Organic is a myth!” On […]

The Golden Years: Healthy Eating for Older Adults

Nutrition in Old Age

Today, Susan MacFarlene tackles nutrition into the Golden Years. As science and medicine continue to advance, so too does our life expectancy. According to the World Health Organization, the global life expectancy was 72.0 years in 2016; an increase of 5.5 years since the year 2000 (1). And growth in life expectancy is not expected […]

Flax, Chia, or Hemp? A Nutrition Showdown

Omega 3 sources

We all know that eating flax, chia, and hemp seed is good for our health (even if we aren’t entirely sure why). In a nutshell – or should I say, a “seed” shell – flax, chia, and hemp all contain alpha linolenic acid (ALA for short); the parent fat of the omega 3 family. Susan […]

The Link between Diet and Longevity

OldAndHealthy

Another great post by our resident RD, Susan Macfarlene, this time on the link between diet and longevity: As hard as we might try to fight it, aging is an inevitable part of life. And yet, scientists are still puzzling over what drives aging in humans. In this post, I’m taking a closer look at […]

Intermittent Fasting and Weight Loss

Nighttime Snacking

Another post by our resident RD, Susan Macfarlene, this time tackling the sometimes controversial topic of intermittent fasting and weight loss: Fasting has been an integral part of many different religions for centuries. Fasting has gained popularity more recently among scientists and weight-loss enthusiasts alike for its touted benefits of improving insulin sensitivity, delaying aging, […]

Cronometer: The Nutrition Super Tracker

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Cronometer: The Nutrition Super Tracker The USDA will no longer offer food and physical activity tracking through SuperTracker, leaving current users looking for an alternative. Cronometer has garnered a reputation with fitness and nutrition experts as the most detailed and flexible nutrition tracking software available. Find out how Cronometer compares with SuperTracker and how to […]

Introducing Solids to Babies: 6 – 12 months

Weaning

In this guest post, Susan Macfarlene discusses weaning baby along with how and when to introduce solid foods. Introducing solids to your little one can be a time of great excitement and even greater angst. Nutrition myths and misinformation abound online, and many parents feel pressure to feed their child a “perfect diet” (which, by […]

Everything you Need to Know about Eating Plant-based: Part 2

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Another post by our expert registered dietitian, Susan McFarlane. In this part 2 of the series, Susan continues discussion of plant-based food while getting all your required nutrients: Last month, I answered your burning questions related plant-based eating and nutrition. This month, I want to continue the discussion and provide clarity and guidance around some […]

How to Meal Plan Like a Dietitian in 5 Simple Steps

While many people aspire to create a healthy meal plan each week, few are successful at doing so, citing a lack of time, not knowing where to start, and confusion over what constitutes a healthy meal. Additionally, many people believe that meal planning requires hours of work, extensive nutrition knowledge, and elaborate cooking skills. In […]

Volumetrics: The Missing Key to Weight Loss

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When it comes to losing weight, most people understand that it is necessary to burn more calories than what you consume. However, they are reluctant to place restrictions on calorie intake out of fear that they will be left feeling hungry and deprived (which as stated in a previous post, can sabotage weight loss efforts). […]

Everything you Need to Know about Eating Plant-based: Part 1

plant-based diet

Edit   Another post by our expert registered dietitian, Susan McFarlane. In this 2 part series, Susan covers eating plant-based food while getting all your required nutrients. Interest in plant-based eating has never been greater, with an increased number of celebrities and professional athletes swapping their bacon and eggs for beans and tofu. As a dietitian […]

Understanding cronometer.com ratios – PRAL

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Another post by our expert registered dietitian, Susan McFarlane. This time, Susan tackles PRAL centered/alkaline diets and the science behind them. Potential Renal Acid Load (PRAL) Alkalinity Although it’s popularity has waned in favour of more recent dietary trends, the alkaline diet continues to be touted by many as the key to preventing disease and […]

The Key to Successful Weight Loss

Hunger while dieting

Another post by our expert registered dietitian, Susan McFarlane. This time, Susan tackles the tricky subjects of hunger, satiety and the factors that contribute to them. When it comes to successful weight loss, there is no magic pill, powder, or potion that will give you results you want without requiring you to make significant and […]

Why is my weight plateauing?

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Guest post by Susan Macfarlane, a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist utilizing cronometer.com to help run a busy private practice in Ontario, discussing the challenge of hitting a weight plateau: As a Registered Dietitian specializing in weight loss and bariatric nutrition, a week doesn’t go by where a client doesn’t ask me why his weight loss has plateaued. […]

How to Stay on Track during the Holidays

Staying Healthy During the Holidays

Another guest post from Susan Macfarlane, a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist utilizing cronometer.com to help run a busy private practice in Ontario, discussing the challenge of healthy eating during the holidays.   There’s a reason most people set health and fitness goals after the holidays; changing or maintaining your health habits is difficult to do in the […]

Understanding Cronometer’s Nutrient Ratios – Calcium & Magnesium

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Another guest post from Susan Macfarlane, a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist running a busy private practice in Canada’s capital of Ottawa, Ontario, explaining the benefits of the calcium and magnesium information you can get from  Cronometer.com (https://cronometer.com). Included at the end are links to Susan’s previous article’s. Calcium What is calcium and why do I need it? […]

6 tips for getting the most from your nutrition data

At Cronometer, we pride ourselves in having the best, most comprehensive nutrition database on the market. Cronometer is a powerful tool for tracking your nutrition in great detail. However, with great power comes great responsibility. Nutrition science and nutrition data is a messy business, and in order to get the most out of Cronometer, it […]

Building a Healthy Baby

Eat Smarter Live Better

Another guest post from Susan Macfarlane, a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist running a busy private practice in Canada’s capital of Ottawa, Ontario, detailing using Cronometer.com (https://cronometer.com) to help in building a healthy baby. Included at the end are links to Susan’s previous article’s. Pregnancy is a time of incredible excitement and joy in the lives of parents-to-be. […]

Understanding Cronometer’s Nutrient Ratios – Zinc/Copper

Basket of Groceries

Another guest post from Susan Macfarlane, a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist running a busy private practice in Canada’s capital of Ottawa, Ontario, detailing Cronometer.com’s  (https://cronometer.com) nutrient ratios. Click here to see Susan’s previous article on nutrient ratios: https://cronometer.com/blog/understanding-cronometers-nutrient-ratios/ Zinc/Copper There has been a lot of discussion in the Cronometer forums about the ideal ratio of dietary zinc […]

Understanding Cronometer’s Nutrient Ratios – Omega 6 and 3

Another guest post from Susan Macfarlane, a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist running a busy private practice in Canada’s capital of Ottawa, Ontario:   Omega 6/Omega 3  Omega 6 and 3 are two essential fats that are categorized as polyunsaturated fatty acids, or PUFAs for short. These fats are essential since we lack the ability to make them […]

Fitness Trucking Video

Siphiwe Baleka

We hope you enjoyed the guest post from Siphiwe at Fitness Trucking. If you’ve not had a chance to read it, click here https://cronometer.com/blog/truckers-lose-weight-with-cronometer-com/ We just watched a great video of Siphiwe from 2015 with Huffington Post that we’d like to share with you:

Six Tips for Successful Weight-Loss Tracking

I’m Susan Macfarlane and I’m a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist running a busy private practice in Canada’s capital of Ottawa, Ontario. I’m also a nutrition contributor at cronometer.com, where I answer all your nutrition and health-related questions in the forums. This is my second blog post on cronometer.com If you’ve ever tried to lose weight in […]

How Cronometer changed my nutrition practice (and can change yours too!)

I’m Susan Macfarlane and I’m a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist running a busy private nutrition practice in Canada’s capital of Ottawa, Ontario. I’m also a nutrition contributor at Cronometer, where I answer all your nutrition and health-related questions in the forums. In my practice, I am an expert consultant on vegan and vegetarian diets, and specialize […]

What’s Up With Vitamin A?

What’s up with vitamin A and cronometer.com? I have one lousy small carrot and I am at 278% of my daily requirement for vitamin A. Is that correct? And to add to it all, vitamin A is supposedly toxic at high doses. First, it is correct, and in this blog I will address what is […]

The Dietary Reference Intakes, not enough for you? Here are some options to consider.

In our last blog we talked about the USDA’s verbiage for nutritional information and showed you where in Cron-O-Meter that data is used. We will carry that theme through the next few blogs and show you how to make changes to Cron-O-Meter’s default settings. Cron-O-Meter uses a host of databases for our food diary. They […]

How to Read Nutrition Fact Labels: Step One in Healthy Eating

By Frank Alvarez – Health Coach The process of determining if a food is nutritious or not is arduous at best.   The Dietary Guidelines for Americans have all been developed into user-friendly recommendations for how Americans should choose their foods. The guidelines are a relationship between the USDA Food Guide, My Plate, and Healthy People 2010.   […]

How to lose weight with Cronometer

Losing weight is straight-forward with a tool like Cronometer. This article will explain the basic steps to successful weight loss, and why a tool like Cronometer is invaluable in the process. This approach isn’t based on any dieting fads or flaky ideas. It is all grounded in science. First of all, studies have shown that […]