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How To Use the Photo Function in mySugr

12/7/2015 by Scott Johnson

How To Use the Photo Function in mySugr

Using photos in mySugr not only makes it easier to learn from your data but also helps train your eye to count carbs more accurately.

We're sure you’ve already noticed that pizza is not just pizza and that not all bread is created equal! A text description of “pizza” or “bread” can’t give you that info – but a quick picture can! So we think it makes sense to photograph your meal. Here are a few tips on how to make the most of the photo function.

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1. Photograph your entire meal

We know it’s hard, but try not to focus too much on the artistry of the picture - this isn’t a foodstagram!

Here, it is especially important to truthfully document everything that you ate. Cropping your picture to show only a half of the portion of fries may look good, but lying in your picture will not help you later on. Capturing the entire serving will help you judge whether your carb estimation was correct.

Two images of mySugr Logbook photo screens

2. Add the location of the meal and other information

Found a new favorite pasta restaurant but you’re unsure about the carbs and serving size? Save as much information as possible about your regular dining haunts in your log entry - things such as location, estimated exchange quantity, and a precise description of the meal.

The next time you visit that restaurant, you can find it in your past entries, see exactly what you ate, how much you dosed, and whether your estimations were on target. Check your blood sugar trends in the graph to see if you hit the bullseye!

Two mySugr Logbook entry detail screens

3. Add the picture after eating

You’re starving and aren’t so excited about entering all of this data before digging in - especially as your friends are already halfway through their plates! Just snap a quick picture of your meal and dig in. Log entries can be backdated, meaning you can add the photo from your photo library and describe your meal afterward.

4. Use the same photos

If you frequently eat the same foods, you don’t need to take a new photo every time (as long as the portions remain about the same).  Just make sure you turn on the "Save photos to library" setting in then you can quickly select pictures from your library without having to take new ones each time.

Image of mySugr Logbook screen

Pro tip (bonus):

Ilka doesn’t use the photo feature just at mealtimes, but also to log her physical activity. She tracks her runs using the Runtastic App. After her run, she takes a quick screenshot of her running data and adds it to a mySugr entry. That way, she not only records her blood sugar values and the duration of her activity, but she also has a complete overview of the entire training session. Don’t forget, mySugr can save multiple pictures for each log entry!

A Runtastic history screenshot
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Scott Johnson

Almost famous for being a Diet Coke fanatic, Scott is the Patient Success Manager, North America for mySugr and has lived well with diabetes for over forty years. He's an active pioneer in the diabetes social media space and along with his work at mySugr, he manages his award-winning blog, when time allows.

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