Calorie counting can be tedious, especially if math wasn’t your favorite subject at school. However, there is another way to keep track of your food, based on emotional responses. Aspiring holistic health coach Christy Venter created the HealthyME Living food diary app for a simpler approach to eating.
Instead of laboriously documenting ingredients and calories, you simply upload photos of every meal and write down what feeling you associate with it. At the end of each day, you have a gallery of the food you consumed and some insight into why you chose those foods.
“The act of stopping and taking a picture gives you a chance to actually make a decision about what you’re eating,” said Venter. “Sometimes, eating is unconscious. [The app] is a good tool to help change your eating behaviors.”
The user can tag each meal or snack with a “before” and “after” feeling. Venter’s theory is that bad eating habits can be changed by associating feelings with food. The visuals should also give users a good idea of the amount of processed foods and whole foods they consume.
Taking a Holistic Approach to Food
“There are so many apps out there,” said Venter, ”It (the program) doesn’t just focus on nutrition. … It talks about other aspects of life and how that works into nutrition.”
“I did do experimenting with my friends, I had them take pictures and send them to me. … I do have friends that use it, and have them stop and think about portion control.”
After getting her B.A. in psychology and having two kids, Venter decided to expand her field of knowledge by studying at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. Her goal is to help busy moms who don’t feel they can manage to include healthy habits in their busy lives.
“I don’t have an extreme diet of any type. I don’t have any strict rules, just to eat as much wholesome food as possible,” said Venter. “Making it yourself, knowing what you put in your food and being smart about it … the simpler the better.”