I’ve previously written quite a few blog posts about mindful ph apps. (read HERE to start). However, more and more apps have come on the market, so it’s time for an update!
Are you new to Mindful Eating?
If you aren’t aware of the concept of Mindful Eating, you can read up all about it by clicking here and also here. In a nutshell, Mindful Eating is eating with AWARENESS.
Why would you want to use a Mindful Eating App?
Using outside influencers like a phone can help us to hone in on some of the core components of Mindful Eating. We know eating slowly, being focused on the meal and the experience of eating and becoming more in-tune with our hunger, fullness & satiety signals can be super beneficial in creating healthier relationships with food.
What makes a great Mindful Eating App?
When I first wrote about Mindful Eating Apps in 2012, there were hardly any on the market. Therefore not a great deal to be picky about. Now with more available you will see quite a difference in the ethos behind each app. You will notice some Apps involve documenting or tracking what you eat. Be aware for some people this may be problematic. It can start to feel like a food diary, “calorie counting” and more about body weight. So if that sounds like you steer clear of those ones. The best apps are those focused on bringing awareness to the eating experience by looking at the speed we eat and our emotions or decision making around food.
1. Is weight loss mentioned in the app info? – if it is, the app is not truly mindfulness based. Mindfulness and Mindful Eating are centred around bringing presence to the moment and not focusing on the future. As weight loss goals are something of the future (and for many folk are not helpful anyway), they don’t actually fit with the Mindfulness concept. The same goes for calorie counting.
2. Is there information on the developer and any “further support/help” info included? Accessing further credible help for your personal situation is super important (and helpful), so check for this one.
Ok, so here they are (in no particular order)….
The Top 10 Mindful Eating Apps
- Am I Hungry? ® - This App is based on Dr Michelle May’s Am I Hungry ® Mindful Eating cycle. Every time you would like to eat the app takes you through a series of decisions to make mindful choices.
- Mindful Bite - Mindful Bite is centred around the time we take to eat. It flashes at either 30 or 60 seconds and you take a bite then. It also gives you periodic prompts to think about your hunger and fullness levels.
- Before I Eat (A Moment in the Zone) -This App is useful for people who have been experiencing binging or urges to eat that don’t feel helpful. It is centred around acknowledging how you feel before eating (e.g. hungry, anxious, sad, bored etc) and guiding you through strategies for each feeling. It also has some health coaching and goal setting components.
- In the Moment - Similar to Before I Eat, this App takes you through strategies to address what you are feeling rather than using food to manage certain feelings.
- Mindful Eating Tracker - Based on mindfulness, this App allows you to notice a food idea or thought (and decide what to do with the thought), rate and track levels of gratitude, hunger, thirst and satisfaction and food enjoyment.
- Eat Drink and Be Mindful - This App from Dr Susan Albers allows you to record your hunger level and kind of hunger. It also shows how you respond to food (mind, body, thoughts & feelings) and includes reminders to eat mindfully.
- Rise Up and Recover - Although specifically designed for people with eating disorders (and by the way there are some brilliant apps for Eating Disorders such as Recovery Record) this App still has some really useful tools for everyone. Meals can logged, emotions and behaviours can be tracked and it has a large inbuilt extra support and resources section.
- Mindful Meal Timer – Currently only available in Google Play, this useful app guides you to eat slowly and has a timer for main meals and snacks (with an alert halfway).
- Mindful Eating – Encourages taking photos of food eaten along with rating hunger, any sensory perceptions, level of pleasure etc from the particular meal.
- Eat, Chew Rest - Based on the concept of slowing down, the apps takes you through 3 eating steps as it moves to each colour you can move to the next step of eating 1) Put the food in your mouth (green), 2) Chew (yellow) and 3) put eating utensils down, reflect and express gratitude (red)
I hope you find the list useful. If you know of any other apps, please let me know. You are welcome to send us an email to us (just click here). Thanks x