Introducing the Figure Out Food app

Hello blog readers, it’s time to introduce to you my new crowdfunding campaign to raise funds to build the Figure Out Food app.

Here’s the link to my Indiegogo crowdfunding page (for those that want to get right to it):

Figure Out Food: Eat what works!

A clip from the campaign page will let you know what this is all about:

Figure Out Food is a mobile app to help you figure out what to eat to be healthy and how to tell if it’s working. No diets or medical tests required. It connects what you eat to specific signs of health so you learn what actually works for you, not what experts claim or one-size-fits-all diets say should work for you.

The app gives you an easy and effective way to measure your health after eating so you can tell whether what you are eating is working for you, and, over time, build your own personalized diet. It puts you back in control of your diet and health.

The ideas behind the app have been in the works for a long time. You could say it all started back in the late 1990s when I first started reading about low carb eating, but it really started coming into focus when I wrote this in 2002:

Doctors and other self-anointed health and nutrition experts keep telling us what to eat and why. They tell us eating the “right” foods will make us healthier and help us to live longer and avoid diseases. They tell us eating the “wrong” foods will kill us. They speak in broad terms and specific scientific terms like HDL/LDL cholesterol levels, triglycerides, and blood pressure measurements.

It has all always left me shaking my head in confusion. What should I really be eating to be healthier? And how would I really know if I am doing it right?

It used to be four basic food groups in balance, then it was low fat and super low fat, then the food pyramid, now high-protein and low carbohydrates—aaaggh! How is anyone supposed to know what is the right way to eat?

Because of the changing scientific and medical opinions about optimum nutrition, I decided to take a personal and empirical approach. I decided to figure out the connections between what I ate and how I felt, in a very specific, subjective, but important way. I wanted to connect the missing dots between recommended foods and bad foods and how I felt after eating them, and to correlate my feelings with better health. Much of my research was accidental and sometimes painful, but ultimately helped me learn the connections between eating and feeling. I call it Eating Awareness.

My Eating Awareness gives me the knowledge of knowing how my body will be affected by the specific types of foods I eat. For example, I know that eating a bowl of ice cream will soon after make me thirsty, warm my body temperature, urinate, and feel drowsy. While the ice cream feels good going down, the thirst soon afterwards is a clear sign that the ice cream threw my body’s hydration out of balance. This is not good. Thirst is an important sign to become aware of in reading your body’s reactions to the foods you eat.

These ideas evolved over the past decade into what I now call Figure Out Food.

So check it out and please support the project if you can.

It’s time we changed our view of nutrition and health and learned how to eat what really works for each of us.



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