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10 Apps That Will Make Your Life So Much Easier

10 Apps That Will Make Your Life So Much Easier

In the fast paced and digitally connected world we live in today, time has fast become the most valued currency. As a result, almost everyone is looking for new ways to maximize productivity, so that they can work (and live) smarter to make the most of their time.

Thanks to digital innovation, there’s now an influx of smartphone apps available on the market designed to simplify our lives, both professionally and personally. If technology is there to make our lives easier, why not utilize it to its max potential?

On top of trusty classics like WhatsApp and Uber, here’s my pick of the top 10 apps you should download today (if you haven’t already).

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1. Wanderlust

Struggling to keep track of all your to-do lists? With miscellaneous tasks scattered on different post-it notes, and varying lists saved on your phone and computer, it’s no wonder why you’re losing track. Wanderlust is the solution to the above chaos. This handy app allows you to organize all your personal and professional to-dos in the one place, making it super easy to get stuff done. You can also set due dates and reminders so you’ll never miss a deadline again. Streamline your life further by syncing your Wunderlist account across all your digital devices, so you can access and keep track of your to-dos on the go.

2. Pocket

Don’t you hate it when you come across an interesting article on your phone but don’t have a chance to read the piece because it’s your stop to get off the bus? No longer a problem if you have Pocket.  Simply save any interesting articles or videos from the web for later enjoyment. Once saved to Pocket, the list of content is visible and accessible on any device, whether it’s your phone, tablet or computer. The best part? You can view the saved content in offline mode – an absolute godsend for those boring plane trips without in flight entertainment or even for your daily commute when you don’t want to max out your data usage.

3. Calm

If you haven’t heard already, meditation is all the craze right now. Boasting benefits like enhancing clarity of thought and peace of mind, it’s no wonder why meditation classes are booking out pronto. Calm is a simple mindfulness meditation app that’s easy to use and great for those who want a little guidance on the meditation game without the full commitment of attending a class. With a variety of background sounds to choose from – think soothing mountain lakes, silent clouds and sunset beaches – instill a little calmness into your everyday life in the comfort of your home.

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4. Airtasker

Let’s face it. No one actually wants to do household chores like cleaning, vacuuming and gardening on a weekend. The good news is, now you don’t have to. Outsourcing is a growing trend and with online marketplaces and apps like Airtasker, you can now outsource with the click of a button. Hungry at night but can’t be bothered to get food? Outsource the job and have someone deliver your favorite meal to you. Similarly, if life admin starts to pile up, instead of exhausting your weekend tackling the menial tasks, you can easily delegate them to a ‘personal assistant’ for the day instead.

5. Google Translate

Avoid those awkward situations when you’re overseas in a restaurant and struggle to order anything because there’s no English menu available. The Google Translate app allows you to use your camera for instant text translation in 26 languages. There’s also two-way automatic speech translation in 40 languages. Want to know what that street sign says? Simple – take a snap and you’ve got your answer. With a personal translator at your fingertips, travelling has never been easier.

6. Camera +

Keen to post the best Instagram snap but just not quite savvy with your photography/lighting/flat lay skills? Camera + can help you fake your way to being a seasoned photographer. Packed with several handy features including image editing and ‘miracle’ filters, magically transform the quality of your photos with a single tap and watch those ‘likes’ and compliments flow in. Rest assured that the interface is super easy to use and navigate – in fact, you may just get addicted to this app and be tempted to filter every snap you take.

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7. RunKeeper

Want to get fit but can’t afford a personal trainer? RunKeeper is the running buddy and coach you’ve always wanted but never knew about. With this clever app, you can reach your fitness goals with running plans that show you exactly what to do. Whether you’re looking to lose weight, challenge yourself, learn to run or practise for a race, there’s something tailored to everyone at all levels. There’s also a social element too – partner up with friends and celebrate your progress together. See how your runs stack up to each other with the workout comparison. A little competition never hurts!

8. Spendbook

Most of us like spending money more than managing it – but the latter is so imperative. Spendbook is designed to make tracking your finances simple and fuss-free. With a sleek and user-friendly interface, you can easily record your daily expenses and customize your spending into different categories. For a deep dive into your finances, access intuitive and interactive charts or have your everyday expenses and income summarized in a calendar.

9. Google Drive

Gone are the days where we need to lug around folders of paperwork to a meeting or overseas for a work trip. Have all your files within easy reach from any digital advice with Google Drive – a free online storage app for all your documents, photos and videos. It’s super easy to use and you can also invite others to view, edit or leave comments on any of your files or folders.

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10. MyFitnessPal

Commonly known as the best calorie counter, MyFitnessPal is your go-to app for monitoring weight loss or fitness goals. After all, who’s got time to manually calorie count? Simply download the app and log your food and exercise from anywhere, at any time. With the largest food database (over 5,000,000 foods) by far, learning more about what you are eating has never been easier. The best part? At the end of each day, the app will inform you of your overall food intake and predict how much you will weigh a few weeks later if you maintain your eating habits. Motivation at its best.

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Last Updated on May 21, 2020

The Top Fad Diets That Are Actually Worth the Hype

The Top Fad Diets That Are Actually Worth the Hype

You have probably seen enough fad diets to last a lifetime. Many have become popular overnight and left just as quickly.

Some fad diets, though, have actually passed the test of time and are making some headway in the nutritional world.

Outlined below are four fad diets that are actually beneficial for your health and wellness. Read on to find out why you should consider adopting one (or more) of these healthy eating styles today.

An important concept you should keep in mind is to disregard the term “diet” as it is typically used. The word diet implies the idea of restriction and removal. Instead, think of the word diet in this context as a healthy eating lifestyle.

Let’s take a look at some of these healthy eating lifestyles that have been categorized, by no fault of their own, as fad diets.

1. The Paleo Diet

The paleo diet, or ancestral eating, is simply eating the way your paleolithic ancestors would have up to 10,000 years ago, or when the agriculture age began.

The advantage now is you don’t have to do this in a loin cloth, unless you want to… The focus of this diet is proteins, vegetables, some fruits, nuts and seeds and some healthy fats.

In the paleo diet, there aren’t any grains, starchy carbohydrates, sugars, or dairy.

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How Your Health Can Change With Paleo

The paleo diet is a good way to keep your blood sugar under control. It can also have a positive effect on type 2 diabetes, and can lower your risk of cardiovascular disease.

With this healthy eating lifestyle, people have also achieved good weight loss results and boast improved energy levels. [1]

It’s not just what’s in the paleo diet that’s important, it’s what’s NOT in it. There aren’t any processed and manufactured foods, junk foods, artificial ingredients or chemical additives.

Paleo is a way of eating that gets you more in tune with your body and, therefore, can provide a lot of benefits.

2. Whole30

The Whole30 diet is relatively new and owes its popularity to social media and the #Whole30 Instagram hashtag that allowed people to share and broadcast their success with the diet.

With Whole30 you are taking 30 days and focusing on nutritious whole foods such as meats, nuts and seeds, seafood, eggs, vegetables, and fruits.

During the month you are eliminating:

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  • sugar
  • alcohol
  • legumes
  • grains
  • dairy
  • soy

Whole30 is similar to paleo, but it goes a bit further eliminating sweeteners such as honey or maple syrup.

At the end of the 30 days, you strategically reintroduce those eliminated foods back into your diet to discover any possibility of health consequences from them or even potential food allergies.

Finding Out How Food Impacts You

Most people eat the same things so often and may not realize that certain foods are causing health consequences, as they’ve become accustomed to feeling lethargic and run down.

With Whole30 you get the chance to see how these foods may have a negative impact on your body. You’ll also reset your taste buds, which may have become desensitized from processed and artificial “foods” and excess salt.

This diet will help you regain your love of food… in a healthy way!

3. The Mediterranean Diet

The Mediterranean diet has been at the top of the list as a very effective diet for some time now.

For people in countries like Italy or Greece, this has simply been a normal way of life–along with higher activity levels, sunlight exposure, proximity to water, and lower stress.

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With the Mediterranean diet, the focus is on heart-healthy foods. It looks like this:

  • Fruits & vegetables
  • Whole grains
  • Legumes & nuts
  • Replacing butter with olive oil
  • Using herbs and spices instead of salt
  • Eating fish and poultry at least twice a week
  • Moderate amounts of red wine

Help Your Heart & Overall Health With A Mediterranean Diet

Information from the Mayo Clinic shows that this diet reduces heart disease and lowers your “bad” LDL cholesterol. Studies involving 1.5 million people demonstrated that the Mediterranean diet was associated with a reduced risk of cardiovascular mortality, along with overall mortality. [2]

With all these benefits, this is definitely a “fad diet” that’s worth the hype.

4. The Alkaline Diet

The alkaline diet is about changing the foods you eat so that you put your body into an alkaline state and out of an acidic state. When your body is too far on the acidic side it can result in a condition called acidosis. This can lead to issues in your body such as upset stomach, breathing difficulties, headaches, weakness and, fatigue. In extreme cases, it can result in shock, coma, or death.

The goal is to get your body in a more alkaline state, which results in overall better health. The focus is on including alkaline boosting foods such as fruits, nuts, vegetables, and legumes. You’re also wanting to reduce acidic foods such as low quality beef and poultry, dairy, eggs, grains, and alcohol.

Pros & Cons With The Alkaline Diet

The benefits that come from this way of eating is that reduction in inferior quality foods, processed items and alcohol. You may feel improved energy levels, mental clarity and even better joint health.

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People also report weight loss but again this may come from the reduction in calories from junk and processed foods but this is not a bad thing at all.

One con with this diet is that the pH value of the food you eat might not have an impact on blood pH, as your body is able to balance this pretty well on a day-to-day basis.

Follow These Fads for Better Health and Wellness

There can be a danger in categorizing things as a fad diet because fads come and go. People are always looking for the next big thing or a quick fix.

The four examples above buck that status quo. These diets, though mainstream, actually can give you benefits and aren’t going to go away anytime soon because they work.

What makes these diets special is that they boast real whole foods and the eliminate processed and manufactured junk.

The Big Takeaway:

Whatever way you choose to eat, the focus needs to be on whole unprocessed foods. Look for the cleanest, local and most natural things you can find for the benefit of your overall health and wellness. Your body and mind will thank you.

Featured photo credit: Dan Gold via unsplash.com

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