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Happy Tuesday!
Lets talk about skin for a moment. When you think of adopting a healthy lifestyle you probably think more about what you put into your body rather than on it. However, recent research suggests that a lot of nasty chemicals are present in products we use on our skin daily…things like phthalates (AKA fragrance) are being described as “obesogens”. They may cause hormone disruption which in turn causes some people to have an even harder time controlling their weight.
If you think about it, it makes sense. Our skin is the largest organ on our bodies and when we slather it with body washes, soaps, and lotions containing unpronounceable ingredients, that sh*t gets absorbed into the bloodstream and from there it can lead to T-R-O-U-B-L-E.
So! Before you freak out and throw away every single beauty product you own, download the ThinkDirty app. It lets you scan your bath and beauty products and tells you how risky they are based on the ingredient list. Easy peasy.
Some products haven’t been analyzed yet so if you come across something you own that they don’t have yet take 2 mins to submit it! Lets all help each other become educated consumers!

 

Hey guys! It’s been a while since I’ve done one of these but here’s this weeks Techy Tuesday!
Today I wanted to review a meal tracker app for ya because 1.) if I had to choose between watching what I eat and working out, diet wins. Hands down, every time. 2.) I’ve downloaded at least 10 of these things in the last year or so 3.) Tracking what you eat can seriously help you stick to your healthy eating goals.
So without further ado, I bring you the LiveStrong Meal Tracker (AKA MyPlate)
This tracker is actually my favorite of the ones I’ve tried (ie my fitnesspal, lose it, etc). It’s simple (unlike myfitness pal which i find to be way too busy as an app although i do like their desktop version) but the database is extensive (unlike lose it!) which is a nice simple design but lacks a lot of food items (that I eat, anyway) note: I haven’t opened up Lose It in a few months, it may have improved exponentially in that time…if it has and you love it please let me know!

It (MyPlate Meal Tracker) can also be set to give prompts reminding you to track. I have one set everyday for noon. If I haven’t used my tracker by 12 I get a friendly reminder from the app which improves my accountability (and sometimes annoys the hell out of me).

Try it out and let me know what you think!
Pics from the iPhone app:

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