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  1. Dean Pomerleau

    Cool Tools for Practicing CR

    I'm starting this thread as a permanent place to post about tools, gadgets or equipment you've purchased and found useful for your practice of CR. I hope it will become a resource of veterans and for people new to CR. I'm posting a new tool myself, a stainless steel travel tumbler, see below. And I'm copying a couple posts by me and others from elsewhere to this thread to seed it with content and so the cool tools are all in one place for future reference. Please feel free to post tools you've found most helpful for your practice of CR! --Dean
  2. Dean Pomerleau


    [Note: I'm starting this thread as a recommendation for CRONometer.com as a tool to help CR practitioners track their nutrition. I hope it can also serve as a place to consolidate questions people may have about CRONometer and its usage.] No list of useful tools for people practicing CR would be complete without CRONometer, arguably the premier online tool for planning and tracking diet, nutrition and exercise: Here is a description and list of features for this great tool, taken from their website: Features Calorie reduced diets require a lot of information to perform optimally. In order to restrict caloric intake, but remain healthy, users of the diet must track their vitamin, mineral, and protein intakes with great care. We aim to provide a complete solution for the smart dieter. Easy to use, streamlined data entry Track 60+ Nutrients for 20000+ foods Log your Diet, Exercise, Biometrics, and Notes Make custom foods and recipes Mobile Apps for logging on-the-go Automatically connects with several fitness trackers and services, including FitBit A little known fact about CRONometer is that (as the name implies to those in-the-know), it started out as a tool for CR practitioners to track their nutrition - CRON stands for "Calorie Restriction with Optimal Nutrition", although that term has fallen out of favor. More history - CRONometer was developed by Aaron Davidson, a CR practitioner himself. Now CRONometer is used by thousands of dieters and health conscious individuals who have probably never heard of CR. In fact, I think it could be argued (perhaps sadly) that CRONometer has had the biggest positive impact on health of anything associated with human CR to date. Here is a review of CRONometer and 4 other diet tracking packages from LifeHacker, although it is a bit out of date (e.g. it says CRONometer doesn't have fitness tracker integration, which it does). CRONometer has both a web interface and mobile apps for both Android and iPhone. All three are free, but you are encouraged to upgrade to the Gold version (for $34/yr) to support development. The Gold version includes the following additional features: No Advertisement - Gold customers will not see advertisements when using the site or mobile apps. Share Foods & Recipes with Friends - Great for couples. Link your accounts and automatically share all your foods and recipes with each other. Priority Support - A priority support queue for prompt answers to all your technical questions. Ask The Oracle - Recommends best foods for each nutrient. Low in Zinc today? Ask the Oracle to recommend foods that will boost any nutrient. Advanced Trends & Analysis - View trends over your entire history. Access to several charting options not available in the free version. Sort diary into custom groups - Sort your diary items into custom groups like Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner, or use whatever custom labels you'd like. Overall, CRONometer is an incredibly useful tool for anyone practicing CR. It is especially critical for people just starting out to help you maximize nutrient density and avoid deficits. --Dean
  3. Hi all, Quite while back, on the old email-based CR list, Michael Rae asked about web-based tools for tracking one's health data, and particularly one's bloodwork. Given how unwieldy and ugly my current method is (just a big HTML table - see this post), I went looking for a better alternative, along the lines of what Michael was looking for. I came across the service called WellnessFX. It looks pretty cool, and I'm wondering if anyone else has used this service. Hear are some of its features: A free account allows you to put in your data from prior tests. The have all the standard (and many non-standard) tests to choose from. Unfortunately, the process appears to require entering one item at a time - very tedious, but doable. Once you've uploaded your data (or gotten a blood test via them - see below), you can see tables and graphs of your data over time, which is pretty cool. See image at the bottom of this post for an example. Paying members get blood testing services, ordered through LabCorp or Quest, without a doctor's referral. Like the service I use (Private MD Labs). Their "Performance Package" appears to include almost all of the tests that the "Male Ultimate Anti-Aging with Free Testosterone" test from Private MD Labs that I use, plus a few more. Its somewhat more expensive though - although there appears to be a $100 coupon code available on-line that brings the cost down to the same ballpark (~$400). You can also order a custom panel of tests that you choose a la carte, although the price isn't specified for the individual tests - you have to ask them explicitly for the cost of the custom tests you want. They also offer (for a fee) consultations with physicians, registered dietitians and nutritionists about your results. They got a very good review from the website "Cool Tools". Here is another positive review. They comply with the US HIPAA regulations. Here is their privacy policy. I can't say that I've read or understand it all. Has anyone looked into WellnessFX, and/or used their service? --Dean Here is an example of the WellnessFX data visualization tools: If the image doesn't show up, here is a link to it.