Healthy living is a part of who I am. I started running late in high school and my enjoyment from it hasn’t tapered off thankfully. I also tend to think of my dietary choices as smart a majority of the time. But in this game of life there are always small tweaks we can benefit from.
With the help of my smartphone, I have begun to undertake what hopefully I will in the long run chalk up as small wins.
One thing that has become glaringly obvious to me in recent months is the pace at which I eat food.
- Am I competing in some kind of race?
- Am I worried someone is going to steal my food?
While I may not be known as the world’s biggest eater, I am of the opinion that I definitely eat more than my body wants because I don’t give it a chance to tell me its full. It takes your body about 20 minutes to do so. I have recently begun using the mind Bloom app to provide myself casual reminders about eating more slowly.
Wherever I go, occasionally my phone will buzz gives me occasional reminders. For all purposes, this is a crude measure but I feel it will be effective. I hope to give myself a greater awareness of this eating habit to better guide me during meal time. Let’s hope I end up savoring a bit more and eating a bit less.
Another little thing I’ve is made use of in recent weeks is the Fooducate app. Its advertised as a great resource for the grocery store -and it is. But even of more immediate use than that is my refrigerator and pantry. I am making great use of this at the store, but more importantly, what about the products I already have and regularly consume?
One thing to know about me is that Chips and salsa are a near-religious experience. Yet a lay-person sees salsa varying on taste profile, not health profile. A gross inaccuracy it would seem. Just the other day I scanned the product in my refrigerator and was quite shocked when the app reported, “one of the worst products in its category”. That is the kind of statement that will wake me up. Hopefully it will do the same for others.