Plant-Based Apps

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

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.

Food Apps

1. FOK – Forks Over Knives

This has been my go-to app for recipes. I love it! It’s very easy to use, the recipes are all plant-based, and pretty much every one I’ve tried so far has been really good. Also, If you’re like me and you find yourself short on time to cook, the search feature in this app includes a “quick meals” filter. Having a recipe app that only includes whole food, plant-based recipes is indispensable. This is that app.

 

2. HappyCow Find Vegan Food

I don’t eat out very often anymore, but when I do find myself looking for plant-based options while I’m out and about, this is the app I use. It has been extremely useful when traveling. As a matter of fact, one of my favorite features of this app, is the “trips” section. It allows you to save upcoming travel locations as trips, and then you can save local restaurants or markets you’d like to visit to that trip. I travel occasionally for business, and this app has been a life-saver.

 

3. Pinterest

While this is technically a social media app, it’s also one of my biggest sources of recipes. There’s a lot of great plant-based recipes on Pinterest. If you don’t already have one, I would definitely recommend signing up for an account. I’ve got a great whole food, plant-based board with lots of excellent recipes I’ve come across.

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:

1. Tactio Health

At first, I had a hard time finding a single app that I could use to collect all the health data I was interested in. There were diabetes apps for tracking blood sugar levels, weight loss apps for tracking body weight… I wanted one app that could do them all in one place. I finally found Tactio Health. It’s simple, easy to use, can handle all of the health stats I was looking to track, and syncs with Apple Health.

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.

 

2. Fitbod

Getting enough exercise continues to be one of my biggest hurdles. I’ve got a million excuses why I don’t… and none of them are good. One excuse I don’t have is a great exercise app!

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!

 

3. Sleep Cycle Alarm Clock

One of my goals has been to get more sleep. Most of us just don’t get enough, and it affects everything from our moods to our cognitive ability and productivity. I’ve really started to realize the importance of getting enough sleep. It’s a “force multiplier”, and I think it’s one of the most important things I can do for my health.

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.

 

4. Headspace: Meditation

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.

Kevin
 

Welcome to my blog! After being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes I switched to a whole food, plant-based diet. The results have been amazing! By changing my eating habits I’ve been able to reverse type 2 diabetes, get off of my blood pressure medications, end chronic heartburn, eliminate gout, lose 70 pounds, and enjoy life!

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