500 calories of fruit & veggies is different than 500 calories of soda... by focusing on pictures instead of calories you get a more holistic view of your eating.
MealCam is where you save pictures of everything that you eat, without focusing on calories.
Instead of obsessing over numbers, you can look more holistically at what you eat and measure things like:
-How many colors did I eat?
-How many ingredients did I eat that had water in them? (i.e. fruit/veg vs processed food)
-How much time did I give my body to digest before I ate again?
While it may seem simple. When you use it consistently it becomes immensely powerful.
It may be the catalyst to a skinnier, healthier you because of the insights you gain...
...or simply because of the improved accountability you gain by simply taking a picture of every meal! (You might ask yourself, "should I really be eating this?" as you reach for MealCam)
...it could also uncover a food allergy you never knew you had but was responsible for your bloating and discomfort.
Focusing on calorie counting can often be misleading because to meet a goal you may eat processed food that has an artificially-engineered low/no calorie number...
...when what your body really wanted was a hydrating piece of fresh fruit!
(Colorful fresh produce isn't usually sold with nutrition labels... and yet isn't it the healthiest food for us?)
So by focusing instead on things like colors and water content you'll get a more holistic view of what you eat.
...and it's easier! (It only takes seconds to take a picture of a meal)
With photos of your meals you'll have a broader perspective of what you eat where you can observe patterns you would otherwise be unaware of.
You can ask questions that get to the root of problems:
- What made my digestion like this?
- Why am I bloated?
- Did I eat something yesterday that caused me to break out?
- Why did I gain weight this month?
- What was I eating to lose weight?
MealCam allows you to recall what you were eating days, weeks, or months ago. (Unlike our memory which often can only recall the past few meals)
...and the very act of taking a picture of every meal makes you more conscious of what you eat.
You can also create a 1 day or 7 day summary of your meals to share with your doctor, personal trainer, or nutrition coach.
MealCam uses of all the greatest new features in iOS:
-It uses iCloud to privately sync your meals between devices.
-It supports dark mode.
-It has a useful Widget.
-It supports multitasking on iPad and works in all orientations.
~Private iCloud Syncing~
Meals can be stored in your private iCloud database where they sync with all your devices. Since MealCam uses iCloud's private database, I as the developer do not have access to them. They're for your eyes only.
You also have the choice to store them locally on your device without syncing.
Review your meals without straining your eyes at night!
When you turn on the system's Dark Mode MealCam will conform.
A common thing you may ask yourself is: what time was my last meal? (Especially if you eat on scheduled intervals)
The widget is the perfect place to quickly answer this question. It shows a picture of each meal you've eaten today with the time overlaid on top.
You can quickly reference what time your last meal was without opening the app and decide if you're ready to eat again.
MealCam works in all sizes and orientations so you can use it for multitasking on the iPad.
You can use MealCam side by side with other apps. For example, when you are looking for recipes online you can use MealCam to see what you've eaten the past couple nights.
It also works in landscape on your iPhone so the app feels like it belongs with the stock apps which are some of the few apps that support landscape mode.
I hope you enjoy MealCam as much as I do!
- Kevin (the developer)
Added support for Dark Mode and made other optimizations for iOS13.
Ratings and Reviews
How great is this!?
I just started using this app yesterday and already love it! I’ve tried so many times to keep track of what I eat everyday, only to get bogged down by the tediousness of figuring out and entering every bit of food. I think this app is the solution. It provides an easy, fun and sustainable way to keep track of what I consume each day. I really like how how the photos “drop” into the screen and bounce around as I move my phone, such a simple thing, but makes it a delight to use. And this app will provide an easy way to give me a daily snapshot view of what I have been eating/drinks that I can scroll back through. I really like the ability to view a day summary with timestamps as well.
Only suggestion I have is that it would be nice to see my notes in the daily snapshot. Or is that already possible?
Was a little surprised that I had to purchase the app to see past meals, but did not hesitate... SO worth it.
Developer Response ,
Thank you for the review. The ability to have notes on the day view is something I have been thinking about how to integrate in an elegant way. I’m sure you’ll see it in a future release.
...or you may be talking about notes in the 1 day and 7 day summary image? In that case your notes should appear in the email/note/etc in plain text along side the image... once you select how you want to share the image.
I have gotten feedback that notes should be part of that summary image... I just have to find a way to do that in a symmetrical way... and account for cases where someone may create a really long note (because then it would make the image way too large)... hmmm.
The good news about payment is that it allows us to have a straightforward relationship: I build tools and customers give money...
If it was free, data would be harvested to make money and who knows what sorta spooky stuff it would be used for...
With MealCam, I built it so that *I don’t* have the ability to view your meals, as they are stored on your private iCloud account.
In other words, nothing is ever really free... you’re just paying with data in those cases.
In MealCam’s case, you pay with money and keep your data.
All the best,
Better than similar apps.
I was using a different “photo food diary” app and switched to this app instead . To me this one was way better because it was 10x more fun, interesting and kind of feels “subliminally motivating” while still being just as simple, plain and easy as the other. This app’s circle-shaped photos feel fun and they kind of creatively inspire you to want to take a picture of nice healthy foods which I didn’t get so much with the other square photos app. It’s fun to take pics of round fruits like apples and oranges. The way the picture “bubbles” of the the things you ate react and float around the page of the day when you move your phone makes it like you’re looking at the contents of your stomach and motivates you to pick healthy choices.
New Years health movement
I bought this to help me keep track of my food intake. I looks like it’s going to work great. ( as long as you use it. )
Who doesn’t have their phone on them anyway.
Plus I love taking pics of the food I make. This will help me locate those pics and not bog down my stored photos.
I purchased the paid version. My only question is was that a one time payment or is it per month or per year?
Developer Response ,
Hello Justin. It is one time payment. (I built this before subscription models became popular.)
If I ever change the business model, all of the features you have bought will remain, but I might add new features you can optionally upgrade to.
Good luck with your New Years resolutions.
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- Kevin Healy
- 19.5 MB
- Health & Fitness
- Requires iOS 13.0 or later.
- Requires iPadOS 13.0 or later.
- iPod touch
- Requires iOS 13.0 or later.
- Requires macOS 11.0 or later and a Mac with Apple M1 chip or later.
- Age Rating
- © 2019 Kevin Healy
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