iOS: Thryve is a new food-tracking app that puts the emphasis on tracking what you eat, how much of it you're eating, and how those meals make you feel afterward. This approach differs from the familiar method of counting calories and being beholden to whatever ratio of this-to-that the latest fad diet says you should have.
Tracking calories can be a real pain, but apps that claim to track them for you without making you enter them are often highly inaccurate. Thryve takes a completely different approach. You take photos of your serving each day to build your personal "food log" — the kind that is proven to help you eat more healthily. Enter the ingredients, and then adjust a simple slider to indicate how much of each item you ate and your portion size. An hour or two later, the app pops up again and asks you how the meal made you feel.
The goal here is to demystify meal tracking from a game of numbers and boxes to fill out, and to reconnect you with what you're eating and how that food makes you feel both physically and emotionally. For example, I know that in the mid-afternoon, if I have a carb-heavy snack, I feel terrible until dinner, so I try to avoid them and stick to vegetables instead, which make me feel more energised. That's the kind of feedback the app will offer. If you're interested — and tired of laboriously entering calories for every ingredient in your home-cooked meals — give Thryve a shot.