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Monday, December 16, 2013

Have You Seen This New “Points System” for Better Nutrition and Physical Activity?

There really is a good tool to help choose foods that are good for diabetes. And it is good for tracking the meals. What it does is calculate the food score and then you can easily find recipes, menu plans and meals in restaurants that will suit your particular needs and will be better for your blood sugar. You will find this tool at

They say Thrive 345 will make you fall in love with food again. How will this tool do it? By simplifying the process. The complicated way of tracking what we eat will soon be over because this tool will do the counting for us. We will be able to meet head on the challenge of eating right.
Don’t let diabetes take away your enjoyment when eating out. With the help of this tool, you will have control over what are your choices to eat before you even arrive at the restaurant. You can select the food you want to order in the menu. Then thrive 365 will score the items to check out if they fit your particular needs.

You will be able to choose what foods to eat on your way to the restaurant. You will be able to choose nutritious foods that are good for your blood sugar. Can you see how this will expand your selection of foods? You will be in the driver’s seat as you will have full control on what to eat.

This tool consists of two parts. The food scores will help you select the nutritious foods that are right for you. The beauty of this is that you can make the right selection whether you are at home, in the restaurants or at the grocery store. This is great because now I don’t have to bring a calculator as well.

Mind you, my ipod has a calculator so that helped me a lot because then I don’t have to dig it out of my purse while keeping an eye on people with evil intention of taking a photo under your skirt. What they can get out of that is beyond my understanding. But you still have to watch for that and other shenanigans as well. Hmm, may be those people should get diabetes so they can make better use of their time.

Thrive 365 I think also has Healthy Eating Guidelines that will help us balance the nutrients in our meals. They have patented this food scoring system. It is designed particularly for type 2 diabetics who are not dependent on insulin. I don’t know why the type 1s will not benefit from this either but they have it in mind. I can’t wait to get my hands on this but they are still on beta. But I am so excited over it that I just had to report it to you.

Being in beta is not a bad thing. That only means there are still features that are under development. I wish windows would be on beta longer whenever a new one comes around so I don’t have to squash some bugs. That happens to me a number of times whenever I buy a new computer and it always comes with a new window.

I always prefer the old window because we have already developed a rapport and so we kind of understand each other. Not with the new window. It does not like me and I don’t like it and many a time I have had to report why something does not work on my computer with the new window. Has that ever happened to you? Or is it just me being so technologically challenged?

Sorry to digress, but Thrive 365 consists of two key parts: food scores to help you make better food choices at restaurants, at home and at the grocery store and Healthy Eating Guidelines to help you balance the nutrients in your meals. It is a patented food scoring system designed specifically for Type 2 diabetic people who are not dependent on insulin.

Physical activity is a good partner to nutrition and you can keep track with this with the help of Thrive 365. Of course the first step is good nutrition. Then comes the next step which is physical activity. In this connection, Thrive 365 can keep track of the blood sugar, the exercise and the score. You will be well informed of your progress in both the eating and physical activity departments.

There are some quotations there that I like:

“An early morning walk is a blessing for the whole day.” Henry David Thoreau

“Food is for eating and good food is to be enjoyed.” Della Smith

“One cannot think well, love well, sleep well if one has not dined well.” Virginia Woolf

“There is no love sincerer than the love of food.” Bernard Shaw Now this one I don’t believe much because of an experiment that has nothing to do with this report but I just love to share it with you. If you put your wife and your dog inside the trunk of your car, and after awhile, you open the trunk, who do you think will jump up and down in joy at the sight of you? I rest my case.

Research to make Thrive365 available costs over $10 million dollars.
Developed by over 300 nutritionists who specialized in diabetes, they assessed what foods are most advantageous to the diabetics although this has not been studied with the type 1s but they have this in mind as well. Developed for your body type, this food scoring system is customized to make certain you have good nutrition for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

The thrive 365 is available at the website mentioned above and you, iPhone fanatics, will celebrate. Why? It is because your iPhone can scan the UPC code on selected food items at the supermarket and then the iPhone mobile application will automatically upload the scores. How cool is that!

Then just when you think everything in honky dory, it gives you an eye-popping revelation. It is integrated with the blood glucose meter called Telcare to track blood sugar automatically and of course, exercise cannot be left behind, heaven forbid. It is also integrated with Fitbit to track exercise automatically as well. Now I hate to think how much will all of these cost.

By Roger Guzman, M.D. and Evelyn Guzman

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