Another thing I do that I highly recommend is using an app or two. Because of COURSE there’s an app for that! There are several out there that you can use to keep track of your containers and it’s SUCH a great idea. Just search in your app store for "21 day fix" and at least a few should pop up. You may be wondering, “But why, after I’ve gone to all of this trouble to plan out each meal, would I need such an item?” Well, maybe you don’t. But if you’re like me, maybe you didn’t end up having time for a particular snack, leaving you extra containers that you might want to use later or, maybe you ran out of something that you planned on eating and had to move some things around or, maybe you managed to look at the wrong day of meals and freaking messed everything up. Not that I’d know anything about that… Anyway, using an app basically means you don’t have to rely on your brain to remember every single thing you ate that day if something gets switched up. Sometimes brains can be unreliable. Stupid unreliable brains.
Next up: the USDA's brand spankin' new FoodKeeper App. It's pretty fantastic. You can search specific food items and it will tell you how to properly cook them and store them, not to mention how to pick the best ones in the first place! Love!!
And last but certainly not least is a water-reminder app called “water your body.” I don’t know why, but every time I get a reminder on my phone that tells me to “water my body,” I laugh. Every time. If you happen to be near me when this occurs, you may hear me repeat it out loud, “water your body!” I can’t help myself, what can I say?
The giggles are a bonus but it’s super-important to drink plenty of water throughout your day. It can increase your metabolism and help you to feel fuller longer… not to mention other benefits like healthier-looking skin and improving, um… regularity. I’m just not a thirsty person. My husband drinks like a camel all on his own, but I really have to think about it every. single. day. There’s nothing worse than getting to the end of the evening, realizing you’ve hardly had anything to drink that day and trying to make up for it. I mean, unless you don’t mind waking up several times in the night to pee. I’m not particularly into it myself. Anyway, that’s one more thing my brain no longer needs to think about – it’s too busy thinking about other stuff anyway. Like buffalo chicken dip… and chocolate… and poached eggs… and-- well, you get the idea.