If you’re anything like me your phone is used most often for listening to podcasts, scrolling Instagram, and sending dope Bitmojis. We pay an arm and a leg for that little piece of technology every month, so let’s put it to good use! Here are a few of my favorite apps for anyone looking to step up their nutrition game.
Daily Dozen (Free)
Dr. Michael Greger is the creator of NutritionFacts.org, which I was introduced to in my nutrition courses. He’s also the author of the 2015 book ‘How Not to Die’ – which in a nutshell explains why plants are baller AF and can help prevent and treat disease. In his book, Dr. Greger listen 12 essential food groups that should be consumed daily. That’s a lot to keep track of daily…so the Daily Dozen app is here to help! It seriously couldn’t be any easier – you check off which foods you’ve eaten and easily see which categories you’re lacking in. It’s also interesting to note which food groups are not included in the daily dozen, like meat and dairy.
I can’t remember how I discovered this app, but I’ve been using it for years! My favorite feature is the barcode scanner. Avoid the weird looks fellow grocery-shoppers will give you, bust out the app and scan packaged foods for a nutrition grade, complete explanation of the grading, and recommendations for similar, more nutrient-dense options. While the app doesn’t feature every packaged food on the market, they do feature around 250K products and submitting data to Fooducate is really simple! There’s a health tracker, recipe generator, and a community aspect to the app, but the scanner and daily tip are my go-tos.
Ladiiiiiiieeeeees if you haven’t heard of Alisa Vitti please get your shit together and listen to this podcast episode, and read this book! This holistic health coach and hormone expert has created an amazing app that is much more than a period tracker. Whether you have skin issues, gut health problems, mood swings and more, just enter your symptoms and you’ll get immediate recommendations. Alisa’s book taught me that our body requires different types of foods and fitness weekly. While memorization is overwhelming, MyFLO offers up great guidance in small, achievable bite-sized tips. It’s also fantastic for anyone trying to get pregnant, and those who definitely don’t want to get knocked up. I call that a win-win!
Healthy Living (Free)
I was talking to a coworker about chemicals in makeup and suggested she check out the Environmental Working Group’s Cosmetic Database. Oddly enough, another coworker told me they have an app a few days later! Like Fooducate, Healthy Living has a barcode scanning feature – hold it up to any makeup product, cleaning solution, or packaged food to get a 1 to 10 rating. The scoring is a little confusing, so don’t freak out if you scan your favorite chapstick and see a red 10 glaring back at you. The app was released in 2017 and since there are millions of makeup products on the market, it may not have data available for everything in your purse. It is really insightful and a great way to kill some time if you need a break. You don’t have to go crazy and throw everything away – we’re all learning here!
What other apps do you like? Feel free to visit the Contact page and send me a message – I’d love to check them out!