Mobile apps for counting calories, cooking, exercise and mental health

So many apps, so little time. Some very useful health-related apps are among the millions available. Molly Baker did a good roundup of 14 apps for the Wall Street Journal. If these interest you, check out the article for more details about why they're useful, the cost, and which phones they work on. I'm using some of these, and have added a couple of others.

  • Calorie counting: Calorie Counter & Diet Tracker, Calorie Counter, Calorie Tracker, Eat This, Not That! Restaurants. The last on this list is pricey ($7.99), but is a pretty good guide to finding the low-sodium, relatively low-fat dishes in the chain stores. If nothing else, it can tell you when you need to eat half....or a quarter...of what's put in front of you and take the rest home or leave it for the crows. Eat This, Not That! has a free game that's always a challenge.
  • Cooking: Epicurious, Good Food Healthy Recipes, Fooducate. Any cooks out there who have some good apps you'd like to share? I don't cook, so can't offer any suggestions.
  • Exercise: RunKeeper Pro, iMapMyFitness, Nike & GPS, Hundred Pushups, All-in Yoga HD. I just started using Nike & GPS -- and love it. There's also Electric Miles, the app for, which a number of people at work swear by.
  • Mental Health: Scrabble, Relax with Andrew Johnson. I'll add Words With Friends (I have games going with four friends in California), and Awareness, which, among many of its functions, emits the gentle sound of the tabla every hour to remind me to take a deep breath. There's much more to it, but that alone was worth the $3.99.

I'll be adding these to the mobile apps page in our resources section. Do you have any others that you'd like to see on there? If so, add them to the comments section. Thanks!

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Ryan Neuhofel 7 years ago

There are also several good apps that can help with chronic disease management - e.g. diabetes, hypertension. I have had a few of my patients use them with great success. I really like the features to email/print the results (blood pressure, glucose, etc.) for review with your doctor - makes my job much easier!

jestevens 7 years ago

Interesting. If you list the apps, I'll include them in the resource list.

Ryan Neuhofel 7 years ago

For diabetes . . . there are quite a few, but I like

Glucose Buddy - FREE, very simple interface. or Diabetes Buddy - $5, loaded with features.

For blood pressure . . . bunches of apps FREE or $1. Just search the iTunes store.

jestevens 7 years ago

Thanks! I'll add them to the list.

7 years ago

MyFitnessPal is a great app! Calorie/Nutrition counter, exercise tracking - let's you set daily calorie goal, log your food and exercise and shows your daily net. The food log also has a built in bar code scanner that is a handy tool.

jestevens 7 years ago

Thanks, Amy! I'll add it to the list.

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