When I decided to start eating a plant-based diet, I felt like I was starting over. Food was such a big part of my life, and I had to relearn how to eat. That meant learning new food preparation techniques, new food combinations, and a new set of staple foods to keep in the fridge and pantry. I had to find a whole new set of recipes for my daily rotation. Plant-based apps to the rescue.
Gone were the days of “meatloaf Mondays” and “taco Tuesdays”. (Not really sure “meatloaf Monday” was ever even a thing, but you get the idea…) I had a pool of recipes I’d draw from: timeless classics, quick and easy meals, comfort foods when I felt down… those all had to be replaced. All the while, working 60 to 80 hours a week. The learning curve was steep… so how did I do it? I leaned on apps pretty heavily. I used the web too (see my list of essential websites), but I found apps to be much more convenient.
Health and Fitness Apps
I changed my diet for a reason. My goal, when I decided to go plant-based, was to improve my health. Since I wasn’t completely sure that a plant-based diet could deliver, I wanted to be certain things were moving in the right direction. I needed to track the health stats I wanted to improve. Blood sugar levels, weight, activity levels, blood pressure, pulse rates, and sleep, to name a few, were the stats I was interested in tracking. I wanted to know whether my diet changes were having a positive impact. It was obvious pretty quickly that it did! And once I started seeing the positive effects, collecting this information really motivated me to continue.
Here are my favorite health and fitness apps:
My favorite feature of this app is that it can generate a ”Personal Health Report” for you. You pick the health stats you want to include, the time period you want to see, and the app generates a “Personal Health Report” PDF. When I had diabetes follow-up visits with my doctor, I would literally print this report out and bring it with to show him my blood sugar, blood pressure, and weight trends.
I’ve tried just about every workout tracking app out there, and Fitbod is by far my favorite. It automatically generates strength training workout routines for you based on equipment available (even bodyweight only routines), muscle fatigue levels (calculated from previously recorded workouts), and amount of time available. The routines come complete with instructional videos, too, which I found pretty handy. It’s also very customizable. You can go full auto-pilot and have it generate workouts for you. You can choose the muscle groups you want to target and let it generate a workout based on that. Or you can create completely custom routines. All this, and I’m just scratching the surface. It also tracks aerobic exercise. Also, and possibly most importantly, it’s extremely easy to use at the gym to record your workouts. I really like this app!
I’ve been using Sleep Cycle Alarm Clock for quite a while now to track my sleep. Not only does it allow me to track how much sleep I’m getting, and the quality of that sleep, but it’s helped me figure out what I can do to get better sleep.
If you would have told me a few years back that I’d be interested in mediation, and actively trying to build it into a habit, I would have laughed at you. Well, here I am… meditating. I came across HeadSpace at some point and decided to give it a whirl. I fell in love. Since then, I’m convinced meditation has had a positive impact on my life. It’s still early in my journey, but I’m committed to continuing my practice.