Using Cronometer on the Galveston Diet
Here at Cronometer, we don’t subscribe or push any specific diet. We are here to support you in your health and wellness goals whether you’re on a vegan, ketogenic, mediterranean or you-name-it diet. As of lately though, we have been noticing that a lot of our users are coming to us from the Galveston Diet, a lifestyle nutrition program designed for those in perimenopause, menopause and beyond.
So, if you’re following or planning to follow Dr. Mary Claire Haver’s Galveston Diet, you’ve come to the right place. Dr. Haver recommends using Cronometer and here are some tips for using the app from the OBGYN herself.
Customize Your Settings
If you came to us from the Galveston Diet landing page, you don’t have to worry about this step because this will already be set for you! If you signed up from our home page, go through and customize your Cronometer settings with the following:
UPDATE: March 22 2022
Our latest app release now includes a very simple and easy way to set your settings to Dr. Mary Claire Haver’s recommendations. In the web or mobile app, head to your settings, display settings and click on the slider that says “Show The Galveston Diet Settings”. That’s it! You’re all set.
In the program, Dr. Mary Claire recommends a specific set of macro ratios and it’s super easy to set this up so that Cronometer does all the work for you!
On mobile, click on the settings button and scroll down to ‘macronutrient settings’ then click ‘set macros using’ and set this to ‘macro ratios’. Then plug in your values for each macronutrient.
On the desktop version, click on the ‘settings’ tab then the ‘profile + targets’ tab and scroll down to ‘macronutrient targets’. Click the drop down menu for ‘set macro targets using’ and select ‘macro ratios’.
While you’re on this screen, make sure you’re tracking carbs as ‘net carbs’ and that ‘fiber’ and ‘sugar alcohols’ are ticked so that they are excluded from the carbs calculation.
Dr. Mary Claire Haver highlights a few key micronutrients in her program and wants to make sure you’re hitting the daily recommended intake for Vitamin D, Fiber, Magnesium, Omega-3, Calcium, Potassium, Iron & Folate. The dietary reference intakes (DRI) are automatically set as the default values for each micronutrient, but you can change these targets if needed.
On mobile, you can edit your target values and which micronutrients display at the top of the dairy screen. From the settings screen and under the targets section, click ‘nutrient targets’ and make sure your Highlighted Nutrient Targets are selected to show: Vitamin D, Fiber, Magnesium, Omega-3, Calcium, Potassium, Iron & Folate. You can see a more extensive list of your vitamin and mineral intake by clicking on those highlighted nutrients, and clicking ‘daily report’ on the screen that pops up.
On the desktop version, just scroll down on the diary screen to see an extensive list of your micronutrient intake for the day.
Break Up With Calories
On the Galveston Diet, there’s an emphasis on the fact that not all calories are created equal. Dr. Mary Claire Haver wants her patients to focus on quality rather than quantity. We get this request a lot and we totally get it! If you still want to track your nutrient intake but don’t want the calories consumed and burned numbers in your face? In this blog, we’ll explain how you can change a few Cronometer settings to reduce the focus of your caloric deficit.
Omega 6:Omega 3 Fatty Acid Ratio
Something to keep an eye on if you are a part of this program is the ratio of Omega 6 vs. Omega 3 fatty acid. Dr. Haver recommends lowering this ratio as much as possible, bringing down the average in a western diet from 20:1 down to as close as you can get to 1:1. Easier said than done, right? You can keep track of this in your Cronometer account under the Fats section.
On the mobile app, click on any of the highlighted sections at the top of your diary page and click ‘Daily Report’. Scroll down through the complete nutrient summary to the lipids section to see what your intake of Omega 6 vs. Omega 3 is.
On the desktop version, just scroll down on the diary screen to the lipids section to see the breakdown.
The Galveston Diet includes adding intermittent fasting to your routine! It has been picking up momentum in the health and nutrition space since about 2015 and is growing in popularity across the globe, for good reason. There’s tons of scientific research to support its health benefits and it’s undeniably improving the lives of many individuals.
If you upgrade to a Cronometer Gold account, you can easily track and schedule your fasts within the app.
About Dr. Mary Claire Haver
Dr. Mary Claire Haver is a wife, mom, physician, and entrepreneur who has devoted her adult life to women’s health. As a Board Certified OBGYN in the Houston area, Dr. Haver has delivered thousands of babies, completed thousands of well-woman exams, counselled patients, taught residents, and did everything an academic professor and OBGYN could do.