These days it seems whatever question or issue you have, there's an app for it which makes it easier than ever to make things happen. I love it--why not harness the power of technology to increase the odds of making healthy choices? I’m not alone in feeling the tech-love--Localytics is a research company that monitors more than 20,000 apps and they reported a 19 percent increase in new health and fitness apps in 2013 (compared to 2012). Researchers have come to the obvious conclusion that technology is one of the main drivers of people making good living choices. I've out a list together of 5 current faves that help me live a life that's good with style.
My trainer (shout out to @doothemovement) in NYC got me using this app and I can really say it helped me get on the road to better fitness. I haven’t been using it as much as I used to, but I think I’ll pick it up again.
This app is brought to you by Monterey Bay Aquarium and made an appearance in at least one of my books. It uses GPS to tell you exactly what seafood is best for your specific location based on season and sustainable factors. It also lets you know about the best options with lowest contamination—like mercury and PCBs.
I know we can’t all buy Organic and local food all of the time—hey, sometimes getting that bottle of milk to the baby is more important than if it happens to be grass fed. Both of these apps make it infinitely easier to make the best choice—even if it isn’t organic. Both will tell you exactly which brands and products are certified GMO free. True Food takes it to the next level and lets you get into action by sending your congressman letters, and gives you access to all of the most current research and knowledgeable to take with you everywhere you go.
This helps you find healthy food stores, markets, cafes and more. This is another crowd-sharing app which gives you real information from real people in real time. Food Tripping, the GPS-based app, is a collaboration of SHFT.com and Ford Motor Company in a partnership dedicated to helping conscious consumers find better options. Here's a rundown of it's offerings:
Discover healthy, sustainable food options near you or in the place you’re traveling to.
• Search by location, name, popularity, and category.
• Track the places you’ve been to and mark your favorite spots to come back later.
• View contact details for each location.
• Suggest new businesses offering healthy, local, sustainable fare.
• Share the places you discover with your friends via Facebook, Twitter, and email.
• You can also connect with the developers at SHFT to learn more about living a conscious lifestyle.
I hope you like these apps—I know there are millions of options out there, but these are five I think have good information, are easy to use, and give you exactly what you need to fine tune your healthy living goals for 2015.
*The images above were found on the site Pot Pan Knife and are the work of Made By Girl's Jen Ramos. Jen and her husband are trying to fund their adoption and I wanted to feature her here during this time of thankfulness. Please take a look at their campaign and consider contributing something to help them make their dream of a family a reality. Happy Thanksgiving to you my lovely readers and friends.