At the TCOYD conference in Washington, DC this past weekend, I was tasked with co-leading a session about digital tools for diabetes management (saucily named “There’s An App for That”) alongside Glu’s Anna Floreen. Building up to the session, she and I talked about apps we use (and don’t use) and how some apps are just filler apps (see also: appholes).
There are apps I use pretty regularly, but only one of them is specific to diabetes (the One Touch Reveal app that works with the Verio Sync). The others are health-related apps that I tweak for diabetes use. But at dinner the night before the app session, I found out about an app that might truly help me corral some diabetes stuff (hat tip to Jeremy Pettus): Figwee.
Figwee is an app with a silly name, but a truly useful purpose because it MAKES PORTIONS MAKE SENSE. I’m notorious for SWAG’ing a bolus here and there, and that’s mostly because I have trouble measuring and precisely counting the nutritional content of my food. I’ll eyeball things here and there, but if I don’t regularly refresh my eyes as to what portion sizes should, and actually do, look like, I make a mess of things.
Figwee gives visual representations of portion sizes. With nutritional information. And a funky sliding-bar that lets you shrink and grow the portion sizes, which is a trippy thing to play with:
Little bit of pasta? Got it. But are you having more? (Gives a bird’s-eye view and a side-view.)
Add some sauce (where so many extra carbs, etc. sometimes hide):
I love this. I’ve already used it to help me eyeball portion sizes more accurately for chicken and steak:
And the full nutritional breakdown helps remind me that I am not only keeping an eye on carbs, but also fat and protein and all the other “stuff” in food.
The app even has alcohol:
I have no affiliation with this app and I’m not being compensated to review it (and I paid the $1.99 required to download it), but I wanted to share because it’s worth it. The photos I’ve posted are a little cropped so they don’t show the slide tool to increase the portion sizes and some of the nutritional information was a little mushed, but on the actual app, it’s all there.
I don’t carry measuring cups and a food scale, so an application like this really helps me make sense of the food on my plate. You can download and play with Figwee, too, dagnabit.