encouragement you need to stick to your healthy-eating goals is in the
palm of your hand.
A newly released
smartphone app, "In The Moment," helps users with their
right-now food challenges and decisions. Itís designed to explore
the emotions behind cravings by asking the user a series of questions,
then offering positive suggestions.
"I tried to
make it as close to the human interaction as I could," says app
creator Kim Flannery, a registered dietitian-nutritionist at the
Wisconsin Athletic Club. "It helps people ask, Ďare those
calories important to me right now?í Itís
about two years writing the content for the app; the technical side
was handled by Centare, a Brookfield-based software developer.
The app offers
stress-management videos and breathing exercises that can help users
look beyond the food-weight relationship. Flannery says the
"dieting mentality" can be self-defeating.
not follow through with your healthy intentions all the time,"
she explains. "The more itís black-and-white, the more terrible
you feel when you have those little slips."
WAC members and
people enrolled in certain Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare weight-loss
programs can download customized versions of the app for free. A basic
version is sold for iPhone and Android users.