Free Online Software for Managing a Type-1 Diabetic (and Renal Failure) Low-Carb Diet is a fun (and free) site to  help you feel motivated about your low-carb type-1 diabetic diet. Especially for someone like me — a type-1 diabetic with kidney failure — where every gram of carbohydrate, potassium and phosphate can make the difference between a good day and a miserable one.

As a dialysis patient, I need to watch the potassium and phosphorus levels of all my food. FitDay will take care of this without me having to add up every ingredient. I simply enter all the foods that I eat each day into FitDay’s daily food log. This isn’t as tedious as it sounds (though it’s still a little tedious) since FitDay automatically suggests foods you tend to eat on a regular basis.

FitDay has a wide variety of foods in their data bank. But even if it doesn’t have a unique food you consume regularly,  you can create a customized entry. We  did this for paneer (a homemade Indian cheese). You can also customize the micro-nutrient goals, as we did for potassium and phosphorus. The main food log automatically adds up total carbs, fats, proteins and overall calories.

There are only two drawbacks: 1) It does not subtract the fibre from the carbohydrate. 2) The free version bombards you with animated weight loss ads on all sides. (I suspect the ads also slow down the load time of each screen.) Of course, you can go premium, become a paying a member, and use the site free of advertisements.

FitDay does even more. It can track your exercise, weight and body dimensions. Its primary purpose is a weight loss tool.

I am happy to be a FitDayer as I go down this path to a better life with type-1 diabetes and kidney disease. You can visit the site and try out membership for free by clicking here.

About the Author: John C. A. Manley researches and writes about alternative treatments for type-1 diabetes and its many complications. His wife, Nicole, of 15 years has had type-1 diabetes for four decades. Together they have lowered her HgbA1c below 5.5%, regained thyroid function, increased kidney function and reversed gastroparesis. Read more about their journey out of the T1D matrix or subscribe to their Diabetic Dharma blog..