Ate – The Mindful Food Journaling App

Ate - The Mindful Food Journaling App

Ate - The Mindful Food Journaling AppDo you know what you eat each day? Most of us would say we do, but mindful food journaling can help you see what you really eat — including all those snacks…

Every Friday I share one of my favourite finds of the week — a website, tool or an app that has impressed me.

My Friday Favourite this week is Ate – The Mindful Food Journaling App.

What is it?

Ate is the mindful food journaling app for iOS and Android.

The Ate app allows you to take photographs of each of your meals (and snacks) so you can become more aware of what you are eating each day.

How much does it cost?

Ate is free to use.

An App for Mindful Food Journaling

Most of us think we know what we eat on a day-to-day basis. But for anyone who is trying to lose weight or eat healthier, the idea of keeping a food journal is a powerful one.

In the same way that I use the Moodbeam wristband to monitor my emotional wellbeing, you can use Ate to track your emotional eating habits.

You use the Ate app to take a photograph of every meal, snack and treat you eat.

The Ate app doesn’t make any judgements on what you are eating and doesn’t require you to measure, weigh or count portions.

However, by taking these photographs of your meals, you become more mindful of what you are actually eating.

Within the app, you can designate a photographed meal as “on track” or “off-track”. You can then check statistics within the Ate app to tell you how well you are doing at staying on track.

You can also share your Ate meals with friends or a coach to add an accountability element.

Ate also allows you to import photos you took of earlier meals. Ate will then extract the time/date of those meal photographs and add them to your journal. Handy if you don’t have an Internet connection when you’re about to eat.

Using Ate - The Mindful Food Journaling AppYou can also manually input text entries for meals when you may have forgotten to take a photograph.

If you do intermittent fasting (as I do) then Ate also tells you how long it has been since you last ate a meal.

I’ve been using the Ate app for a few months now, and it has made me much more mindful of my diet.

I’ve built the habit of using the Ate app to photograph all my meals, not just the healthy ones. This has encouraged me to be more mindful about what I eat — as the evidence will be there forever!

The @YouAteApp will encourage you to be more mindful about what you eat. Click to Tweet

How can I get it?

You can download Ate for iOS or Android from the Ate homepage.

You can also visit the Ate Facebook page, or follow @YouAteApp on Twitter.

Thanks to The Health Heroine, Aileen Smith for recommending the Ate app to me!

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