I’ve been getting better at food tracking lately. Back when the App Store was new and shiny, there was an initial rush of quality food-tracking apps like Lose It! and MyFitnessPal. The problem is that all of those apps became “platforms”. Things like cross-promotions and upsells just seemed to take over. A few months ago, I went spelunking into the App Store for a better food-tracking app and came back with FoodNoms.
Its clean-looking interface is excellent for tracking food. It also has a few additional features (like intermittent fasting), but all the features are implemented unobtrusively and without feeling creepy. It comes with a decent library of foods, but you can also scan bar codes for additional foods or access the user-submitted library.
This is easily the best food-tracking app I’ve ever used. It has an excellent design, it gives me the tools and food library I need, and it doesn’t make me feel like a product. There is a yearly subscription (currently $30/year), which I gladly paid.
I’m excited to have found a customizable food-tracking app that has all the features I need and doesn’t make me feel like it’s trying too hard. If you’re looking for something new or want some additional help with your diet plan, check out FoodNoms (App Store)(Website).
Apple’s new Close Your Rings website is a good message and an excellent way to sell the Apple Watch. While I’m not particularly excited about any app using game theory to push my buttons, for the Health app I’m willing to make an exception. I’m more aware of my activity since I started wearing the Apple Watch than I’d ever been before. It’s because of those rings that I bike most places, often wake up an hour early to go on a hike, and even occasionally find myself marching up and down the stairs in my house in the evening just to make sure I get those extra 10 minutes of elevated heart rate. Don’t believe me? Look below.
Not only does this help my physical health, it also helps Apple’s fiscal health. Several times I’ve told friends about how I use the Apple Watch to track fitness, and it often ends with them nodding approvingly while saying something like, “Hmmm”. Then the next time I see them following a birthday or big holiday, they are wearing their very own Apple Watch.
For people who are active or have special needs, Road ID is a great product and service. Road ID is a wearable doodad that lets emergency responders know who you are and who they should call. There is even an option that allows you to keep an online profile with lists of your medications, allergies, and more.
Best of all, they now support the Apple Watch. They’ve got several products that will work with Apple Watch bands. If you’re active without identification or have a medical condition that you want to make sure first responders are aware of, check these out.