In this day and age, we literally do everything but poo and say “there’s an app for that”, but I’m sure now I’ve said it, someone will stop me and tell me there is an app for that, right? Since starting my new health journey, I have learnt so much it can be hard to maintain everything, naturally there are apps available to keep me on the right track for all aspects of my health journey.
Here are my top 5 favourite apps to support my new healthful lifestyle.
Ok, having a physical diary to take a note of the things that make you happy in a day is cute and all, but full honesty here I am not grateful for a heavy handbag. Loving this app for gratitude on the go! So easy to use, and you get to see what other (anonymous) users are thankful for, and interact with their notes of gratitude, as they can with yours (if you want). You can create a private circle for your gratitude notes to be shared with whoever you choose, set daily reminders and find inspiration if you’re lacking in ideas of what to be thankful for. The app is free but you can pay to unlock some extras, the free features are great regardless, plus it is really neat, tidy and easy to navigate. You can stay in touch with them on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram
“Where do you get ya protein though!?” Non vegans cry when they find out you’re eating the same diet as their main course. All jokes aside, plant based eating it is a bit difficult to know if you’re getting enough of everything your body needs to stay healthy. Dr Michael Greger has made an app, that makes it really really simple to keep track of whether or not you’re meeting nutritional needs on a plant based diet. You just tick a box next to the food group of what you have eaten and drank, it is so straight forward and great for “visual” people. The app compliments Gregers books about plant based living (How Not To Die and the follow on cookbook), and his website nutritionfacts.org. I am still working my way through How Not To Die, it is thicker than an encyclopaedia, but I trust the basis of the Daily Dozen theory, and I am eating plant based anyway.
I am intermittent fasting (when I don’t wake up wanting to devour a loaf of bread and a tonne of roast potatoes). I do this for the health benefits, many people do choose to do this for weight loss but that’s not all it’s good for. Intermittent fasting can benefit blood glucose levels, gut healing, waste removal and more. This app is really a glorified stop watch where you can spy on other peoples stopwatches ticking over too. Just set a length of time you want to fast for, let it know when you start, then check back in when you are ready to stop or have stopped, to see how long is left or turn your timer off. Before you get this app, definitely do some research on fasting and you’ll be able to work out how long you can or should be fasting for if at all. There is a lot of research and evidence that explains about the different processes your body goes through during fasting, I particularly like the videos and blogs by Dr Axe.
No, this blog hasn’t just took a very peculiar turn into the dark undercurrents of the interweb, we’re talking chemicals. Clean living is the latest hype, and I am here for it. The more research I do, the more I am horrified about how unregulated chemicals and toxins we come in to contact with daily actually are. Think Dirty takes the stress out of scrutinising label after label, of anything from cleaning products to cosmetics. Features include a handy barcode scanner, or you can manually search for an item to see how toxic it has been rated (0-5 green is low in chemicals/toxins, 6-10 red is high). You can assess your whole bathroom shelf, store information on the products you own or intend to buy, make lists and view previous searches. There are over a million products in the catalogue but it is very “Americanised” so some products may not be found there, I do like how you can search generally by item and find a suitable non toxic alternative to buy in the future, as well as checking existing products that I have.
Too Good To Go
Plant based living is quite expensive and very time consuming, I talk about that a bit more here, so check that out for big lols. Too Good To Go is a great little app for when you just can’t face chopping another broccoli but also are not prepared to fall off the wagon and spend £163 on Dominoes. Local food places, sign up to advertise their left overs on here, they just say what’s available, when it can be collected and for what price (usually very low). Toby Carvery near me are on here and they always have a lot of veg to get rid of, and also meat – it is an app great for anyone on a budget and helpful if you’re from a family of mixed eaters because you can pick up budget bits for everyone from the different locations.