Enough is enough
That’s when I uninstalled MyFitnessPal, in horror. Because it was not my pal.
Pals don’t egg you on to eat less and less. Pals don’t chastise you for eating an ice cream. Pals understand that mental and emotional wellbeing are crucial to living a healthy lifestyle.
Just to be clear, I think keeping a food diary is totally different. I’m all for food diaries. Food diaries can help you notice bad habits, feel in control of what you put in your body, and identify allergies.
There’s something about the app form, with its graphs and figures, that is addictive. It eliminates the context of you as a person, as if who you are can be expressed in numbers. Logging calories on my phone makes me lose perspective. It skews my sense of self-worth into the numerical.
There are far better ways of establishing good life habits. The more sociable, the better. Get a workout buddy for motivation, see a nutritionist for a tailored, scientific approach. Join us in eXtreme for a bootcamp fitness getaway with your besties. Getting fit can be way more fun than logging your egg white omelette for breakfast.
So, just remember: your incredible body is no Doodle Jump.
Take food tracker apps with a pinch of salt. And resist the urge to log that in your sodium intake.