So where to go from here?
It may be time for a meal, but if not don’t forget to pick up your phone before you take your first bite once it is time to eat! Here’s a quick run through on how to get started on a successful journey with YouAte…
In settings you can receive reminders about when to eat and to give feedback on how your food was. To make it personal, you can customize the text, the time and the number of reminders. You also have the ability to turn them off at any point!
Take a picture
Whether it’s time to eat a meal or you just want a snack, open the app and snap a picture… then, mark it as On or Off path.
Import a picture
Did you use your camera app to take the picture or did somebody else take it and send it to you? You can import the picture from your camera roll for up to 72 hours. Click on the little double image icon in the viewfinder. Once you have selected the image, we take the original timestamp and add it to your timeline.
Add manually, if no picture
You don’t have a picture of your meal at all? You can add a meal manually by adding a short description and setting the time manually up to 72 hours in the past. Just click on the “Aa” icon in the viewfinder. Why 72 hours? We want to encourage consistent journaling. It’s really important to get the benefits of paying more attention.
On or Off path
Make the decision depending on how it fits into your current goals. There is no wrong answer, just be honest with yourself.
###Discover your Timeline Your first food picture will begin your own timeline. All proceeding meals will be posted here, including the meal times, times between the meals and On/Off path clearly visible. Meals posted within 30 minutes of each other will be combined into one grouping because after all they are truly just one meal.
Receiving your First Reminders
Depending on the reminders you have selected, you will start receiving them at the set times. Most people set too many reminders in the beginning, and eventually get annoyed, but don’t worry you can go back and readjust to your preferences. It will take some time to understand your food timing for yourself and to get the messages lined up, but once you got it down, the reminders can be extremely useful!
Click on a picture on your timeline. It will open the detail view where you can fill out the few questions to understand your eating routines to develop a mindful habit. This is a good way to reflect and recognize some potentially bad habits that are keeping you from reaching your goals. It’s also a great way to proudly track the good ones. :)
Build your Timeline
For every meal, snack, beverage that is not water, take a picture! This will create a path with the On and Off meals. It also enables you to scroll back to see how you have been eating. Reflecting on your choices can help in making better decisions down the road.
By the next mornings’ breakfast you will have information about how you ate the previous day. You will also see your nightly fasting time, if you are into that sort of info.
Need More Motivation?
Review your week and lifetime stats by swiping left to have an incentive to eat better or to allow for an Off path meal every once in a while!
What else does the app offer?
Setup a profile to make YouAte your own. By swiping left, you can access your profile screen where – once you are logged in – you can see your weekly and lifetime stats. It’s also a place where you can create your web sharing link.
Creating a profile is not required, but highly recommended if you will be using the app. Without a profile, we can’t get you back into the app if you ever switch phones or delete the app accidentally. You don’t want to lose your timeline!
Once you have created an account, you can create a special web sharing link from your profile page. The link gives a read-only access to the last 2 weeks of your path to anyone you share it with. No login necessary from their end and they can open it in almost any browser.
If you ever want to revoke or reset your link, you can always do so from your profile. This will disable the old sharing link and create a new one.
This weeks stats
On your timeline you can view the day stats, and the weekly stats on Monday mornings. The week starts on a Monday morning at 3am because that’s how our work weeks start as well and ends the following Monday at 3am! But, if you are curious to where you are during the week compared to last week, check on ‘this week stats’. It is easy to make daily and weekly changes to up your percentage
From the first photo that you upload to your timeline, the app keeps track of where you are on your paths. Making daily and weekly progress is fairly easy to make, changing your lifetime percentage is difficult. This is where it goes to show that your journey is a process, and you cannot sprint to the finish line.
Setting a Goal
When you click in the header area, your Path view opens up. This is a place to set your motivational goal. There is a reason why we jumped on this path and it’s not to follow a certain diet. This is the place to set your goal and update it as you reach it. This should be something very specific for you. The more personal it is, the more it will motivate you to achieve it! Whenever you open the app and want to take a picture, the goal is there to remind you!.
By clicking on the edit button under your goal, you can select from a list of guidelines to help you in your journey. Guidelines help you with which foods are healthy and which ones you should avoid. They also recommend some best practices to help you stay on path. You can pick and choose from the guidelines that you want to follow and enjoy the journey.
Frequently Asked Questions
“Why not calorie counting?”
Calorie counting works for some people, but not for everyone. We live in a fast paced life, where we don’t always have the time to figure out how many calories the restaurants’ meal have, how many grams of protein the fish was, etc. Don’t cause yourself extra stress if you can’t calculate every calorie!
Additionally, companies have the chance of labeling 20% less calories on their products than they actually have in them! As much as you want to keep a strict calorie count for your day, you cannot always calculate the exact amout.
Thirdly, calorie counting has shown to cause many people a negative relationship with food. This can lead to a disordered eating (the “lite” version) or even an eating disorder. We want to avoid these problems and let you go off path while steering you back on path without causing yourself stress after a meal. Stress about the bigger things in life like your health, don’t let one meal or a number on the scale get you down!
Also, the quality of your food is more important than the quantity. Just think instead of eating a small bag of potato chips, have some fruit or veggies. The small bag of chips have a similar calorie content as eating some fruit and/or veggies. Because the fruit and veggies are healthier, you can indulge and have more without having to worry about it. It will keep you feeling fuller for a longer amount of time and its nutritional breakdown is far more better than if you choose the chips.
“How do I choose if my food is On or Off path?”
This is all up to you. You need to hold yourself accountable to the decisions that you make. Don’t cheat yourself. It will just take longer of a journey to reach your goals if you decide that an off path meal is on path. If it is off path, and does not fit your goals, then choose the off path button. No one will scold you, rather you’ll learn and make better choices the next time.
“How will this app help me achieve my goals?”
With YouAte we are not trying to restrict your eating habits rather just build stronger and better habits. By making small changes you’ll be able to maintain the new behaviors that will hopefully guide you in a direction of long-term success. It is never too late to begin a habit, it just needs time and dedication to get started.
“Can other people see how I’m eating?”
Yes and no. Your timeline is specifically designed so that you can view it. However, if you need the extra motivation, need someone else to keep you accountable or want to share your achievements then you have the option of letting a close friend, a coach or a nutritionist view your timeline so that they can provide you with constructive criticism. But this is only if you choose to allow them access to your timeline.
If you are on a roll, eating healthy and want others to know about your progress then feel free to share it on social media! What better way to encourage other people to eat healthier?
“Why should I fill out the questions after I eat?”
Filling out the questions about your snack or meal after you ate help give you guidance as to why you ate. This helps bring awareness to your habits and helps you change small things. Did you constantly eat because you were stressed? Try finding something to do during a time like this? Are you constantly having cravings and eat chocolate? Try substituting out the chocolate for something else by finding a healthier option.
Give it some time, and you’ll be able to build a healthier habit week by week. In the end you’ll be able to shift your eating patterns to be able to eat because you were hungry or it was time to eat, find meals that satisfy your level of hungriness while still tasting great! Small steps can lead to a successful journey.