Mixed Bag: Update, GMOs, apps…


Tell me again, how beautiful I am :)

Tell me again, how beautiful I am 🙂

Sorry I’ve been so silent in posting. My husband lost his job and we are living with my son–Thank you, Ted & Dana!
I’ve been trying to organize recipes and GF baking substitutions which include milk, butter, eggs, sugar and GF flour mixes. There is soooo much information out there and I’ve decided to pull it all together in one wonderful place for you to use as a reference.
What’s funny, as I’ve used this blog as my own reference. Especially looking back at the apps I reviewed earlier. I have an opinion on those apps: pay as little as possible for a GMO/GF app. You won’t use it much after you have chosen your favorite products and know where to find them.

There is a new app tho. It’s SHOPNOGMO iTunes. And, here’s a shopping guide ShopNoGMO. Its a big help choosing non-GMO products. Fooducate also finds GMOs in products and that app will alert you when you walk into stores you’ve chosen. NOTE: the app has to be open to work. I wondered why it didn’t alert me the other day. That’s why!

I learned another thing the other day. ORGANIC products can be grown from GMO seeds 😦 and pesticides can be used on non-GMO products. So it seems to me, you need to find products that are organic and non-GMO to cover all your bases.

Boars Head produces turkey lunchmeat that is ALL NATURAL. I haven’t found it yet in my area. I’m thinking it’ll be at Whole Foods, but there isn’t one near me and the local FRESH MARKET doesn’t have Boars Head. I’m also afraid it will be $15-20 per pound 😦 Some day, organic/non-GMO products will be the norm instead of the exception.

Have an outrageously awesome day 🙂

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Health Apps giving away your personal data


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In perusing the headlines from Fast Company, I came across this article.

Here’s the opening paragraph to get you started:

Ah, the wonderful world of apps. One might help you track your daily exercise routine by logging the calories you burn, the protein-conscious meals you consume, and perhaps your running route. You might share that data with Facebook to brag about all that weight you’re losing, or you might keep it between yourself and your iPhone. But regardless of how private you think you are, your running route could be transmitted over unprotected cyber-space while you’re unaware. And once those details are on the wire, who knows who’s looking at them? Read More

I keep hearing about free email like Google, sharing your information or tracking where you go on the web. Personally, I don’t have a problem with it. If I get more ads targeted toward what I’m interested in, bring it on.

New kind of APPs could revolutionize how we choose doctors and make appointments!


I looked around the Fast Company web site today after publishing the post on superweeds causing GMO crops needing more pesticides. This article stood out for me:

poster-1280-pills2An App To Let You Take Control Of Your Health Care Data
Instead of waiting for doctor visits, Aetna’s new CarePass app will correlate all your health data to try to give you a picture of your health and what you can do to make it better.

Here’s the first two paragraphs to get you interested 🙂

Much technological disruption to the health care industry has come from startups with an outside perspective: for example, ZocDoc, which has transformed the way people find new doctors; InQuicker, which lets people reserve a spot in line at an emergency room; Mango, which gamifies the routine chore of taking daily meds, and countless other new startups and apps that we’ve profiled (and tens of thousands more that we haven’t).

However, a new tech initiative at Aetna is an example of innovation and disruption from within. The company recently announced its plans to offer a health care app called CarePass which would help its customers monitor their own health care data. Read more…

More links for the above apps (which take you to the iTunes Store).

For you computer and Android users, here you go:

web: ZocDoc.com   Android:  😦     This web site seems great. The iTunes app has no reviews because it’s too new.

web: InQuicker       Android:  😦     This web site has a lot and so does the iTunes app. Much more established.

web: Mango             Android:  😦     I only found review articles on Mango. Reviewers, only a few, do NOT like this app YET.

On the Road: GF & Healthy Eating Apps


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I just updated my earlier post on the smart phone app 1) Find Me Gluten Free. I don’t want to repeat myself, so follow the link if you want to see my opinion/review on the Find Me Gluten Free App.

Now to other apps. I realized yesterday that I needed to get off my bottom and review gluten free restaurant apps. I still like Find Me GF, but it has it’s limitations, as the developers haven’t finished it, you cannot use it while driving on the highway unless you want heartburn before you even get to a restaurant. Maybe the developers are trying to do too much with one single app, but on the other hand, if they can pull it off; then all we’ll need is ONE app to go to the grocery store, find safe restaurants in our hometown and also on the road. Will just wait and see. Like I said before, get it while it’s free because I believe the developers are creating something great with this app and if they succeed, you’ll be paying through the nose for this app 🙂

Okay, moving on to other apps I found and played with. Out of maybe 8 apps I downloaded, I have whittled my list down to FOUR. Find me Gluten Free, Gluten Free Restaurant Items, Healthy Out and Gluten Free Registry.

I also have two other apps that I believe are a great addition to these Gluten apps. They are apps to find restaurants, hotels, ATMs, gas, ect while on the road. So I figure, I can see the restaurants I CAN eat at and then locate them on my highway app. I know some of these apps allow you to find addresses and give you driving directions, but they take you away from your app and it’s frustrating. Especially if you’re the driver! Talk about an accident waiting to happen! I was near a Chick-fil-A in a mall yesterday. None of my gluten free restaurant apps found it except for Gluten Free Registry. I was stunned. We had to use my husband’s highway app to actually find it (even hidden in a mall).

2) Gluten Free Restaurant Items. iTunes and Android. Both are $2.49GF Rest Items
Developers Note: Want to eat gluten & allergy free fast food? Find safe items from one of top 10 iPad apps in Food category featured in Incredible iPad Apps for Dummies! Enter your allergen concerns into the iCANEat fast Food menu database for 34 U.S. chains. Hide items that contain gluten, wheat, egg, milk, nuts, peanuts, soy, fish and shellfiish based on your preferences.
The developers update this app frequently. It seems to list a lot of Restaurants–125 of the most popular. You can choose a restaurant through “Find Near Me”. You can also ear-mark your favorite restaurants. It also lists GF menu items.
Once again, though, this app is not driver friendly. Use it to find restaurants around you at home, visiting friends or traveling and THEN go there.

GF registry3) Gluten Free Registry ($1.99) iTunes and Android  and web site.
The website states that their mission is to put people and gluten-free friendly restaurants, bakeries, caterers, grocers and more together. Utilize their free, searchable, moderated database of over 32,700+ gluten-free friendly business locations to find one near you or your travel destination. So far over 1.3 million people have used their website and apps.
Their apps don’t have a lot of reviews–iTunes 77 and Android 10. Their app seems pretty good. In search you can choose “Show All”, “Restaurants”, “I Want Pizza”, etc, so its proximity locator is pretty good. While in Chattanooga, it was the ONLY app that found a local Chick-fil-A in Hamilton Place Mall. Now that’s pretty good!
In my opinion, I wouldn’t pay the $1.99 for this app if I hadn’t already. Their web site seems pretty low-speed. Useful but not to pretty. I’ll keep it on my iPhone for future reference though.

4) *** Healthy Out*** (free)iTunes and AndroidHealthy Out
App description: Healthy Out helps you, find healthy restaurant and prepared grocery store meals that fit your personal preferences. It covers the widest range of diet and nutrition filters in any app. Use our unique calarie and points filters to find a meal in your goal. See detailed nutrition information for dishes including calories and points and eat out confident that you made a healthy choice!
I am the most happy with this app even though it isn’t perfect. While looking for restaurants the other night at home, it didn’t find Mellow Mushroom or Chick-fil-A. BUT, you have lots of food choices like Atkins, gluten-free, Paleo, South Beach, Low Carb…. You can even choose to watch calories, what kind of cuisine you want, even down to what ingredients you are looking for in a restaurant.
This app lists a lot of restaurants, tells you how far away they are and what dishes are available using your filter. It shows a map of restaurant choice, telephone number, website. The only negative is that you cannot get driving directions within the app. When you choose directions, it takes you away from the app, so when you want to go back to the app, you have to click the home button on your phone and choose the app again. BUT, there is a map of the restaurants and you can make it big enough to virtually see where the restaurant is.
Again, this is not an app a driver can use. You’ll have to pull over to use it, or rely on passengers to find information for you.

4 paws down) Dine Gluten Free (free)iTunes and Android
My opinion. This app is too new. DO NOT WASTE YOUR TIME WITH THIS APP.

2 paws down) Locate Special Diet (free) – iTunes and Android          They list three categories: Restaurants, Drinks and Grocery. The Grocery segment is not available yet. When I tested it for restaurants in my proximity, it found LongHorn Steaks, Mellow Mushroom, Outback Steakhouse but NOT Applebee’s. This app does have a filter for different types of food like German, Thai, Chinese, Tex-Mex…. You can even choose dietary preferences such as gluten free, organic/local, paleo, vegan and vegetarian. Under RESTAURANTS you can get directions, link to restaurant’s website, add to favorites. This app doesn’t spport many restaurants. When this app is fully developed, maybe it will get a better rating from me; but for right now, 2 paws down.

Two apps that can be used in conjunction with the GF Restaurant Apps!
These apps are just your normal, everyday highway travel companions. They list every exit off the highway you’re on and what is available at each exit. What in the world did we do before smart phones?!

iExitiExit ($0.99) ignore the free app. It hasn’t been updated since 2011. iTunes and Android.
Road AheadThis is a great app. It tells you what’s coming up at each exit so you can use your Healthy Out app to find restaurants and see what exit your restaurant is on! It also shows gas stations and hotels, besides camp sites, truck-friendly stops, rest areas and auto services!

Road Ahead (free) iTunes  Sorry, no Android version 😦
This app cannot be used by a driver. But, it can use your GPS to locate you or you can choose a highway you will be on and also your destination so it can tell you where ATMs are, dining, fast food, grocery stores, gas stations, police stations, movie theatres!

I hope my reviews are helpful to you and make your gluten-free life just a bit easier.

Store Apps Update – Yeah!


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okay, it only took me several weeks to finally update my opinions on GF, allergy, GMO…
apps available through iTunes and Android 🙂

Here’s the link to my original post: GF Apps – Who Knew!

 

Healthy Diet and Grocery Food Scanner App!


shopwellThis is it! This is the Silver Tuna (Home Alone)

I wish I could check it out on Android and other apps, cut for iPhone, I couldn’t be happier at the grocery store.

At first today, I started with Is that Gluten Free? Bombed. No scanner and I didn’t have the patience to key in products.

Then I went to Foodducate: allergies. It has a scanner and had great information and kept me away from gluten, but I also wanted to stay away from high fructose corn syrup. It wasn’t in the profile to choose so I went to the next app in my arsenal–Healthy Diet and Grocery Food Scanner by ShopWell. It scans quickly, finds gluten and high fructose corn syrup. I asked for health goals and preferences.

My only problem is that you have to sign in every time you want to use your profile to scan food. If you just want to scan, you can without signing in, but it isn’t specific to you.

Apps / Reviews


Gluten Free Apps: Restaurant Finder, Product Information…


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Updated: June 27, 2013

I reviewed this app again yesterday. It is FREE at iTunes and Android Marketplace.
The iTunes app is Find Me Gluten Free. As is the Android app Find me Gluten Free.

I still stand by what I wrote here originally, but with some adendum.

This is an information packed little app that I suspect we’ll have to pay for in the not-too-distant future.
This app finds restaurants NEAR YOU that serve gluten free items.
It also gives you a list of restaurants and if their kitchens are truly gluten free of if there’s a possibility of cross-contamination.
You will find recipes, current news, a barcode scanner, products and companies that make gluten-free products and even a thumbs up or down to give you an indication before you buy how other consumers feel about the product!

I was in Chattanooga yesterday and there was one other time going home from Macon where I tried this app and others. I was frustrated. It listed a whole lot of restaurants nearby but I didn’t know if they were behind us on the highway or in front of us. 😦 Yesterday, I knew they were around us. You can get directions to a restaurant, but you leave the app and have to re-choose the app to get back to restaurants.

So, IMHO, this IS a good app and will be better in the future when they finally finish it. I don’t believe it’s good while you’re traveling the highways. I believe it’s best use is when you are at home, visiting friends or are traveling and want to know what is nearby the hotel.

iExitRoad AheadMy husband had an app that intrigued me. It is called. iTunes iEXIT ($0.99). Android iExit ($0.99).

It shows icons for food, gas, hotels, ect. at EVERY off ramp on your highway. So, if you want a specific restaurant that you’ve found on FIND ME GF, then you can locate it on iEXIT. iEXIT costs $0.99 on iTunes. NOTE: don’t waste your time with iExit Lite. It hasn’t been updated since 2011.

Another FREE app I found last night and haven’t had a chance to put it to use is Road Ahead.
iTunes version: Road Ahead  and sorry, no Android version 😦

Happy traveling 🙂

Gluten Free Apps! who knew?


gluten-freeUpdated: June 11, 2013

Once again, Gluten Free Jenna comes though. There are apps to help you. I have to check them out. Gotta get a job first since they cost–but not much! 🙂

Update Alert – these Apps Jenna described were active 2 years ago. I have done some digging and this is what I’ve come up with 🙂

I will investigated the following links and give you my honest opinion and I bet I’ll find other apps and downloads that you’ll think are wonderful!

Gluten Free Central podcasts:  FREE – iTunes

The following apps will help you in the grocery store
I have listed iTunes & Android Apps:

MY #1 absolutely favorite GF/Allergy app!
Healthy Diet & Grocery Food Scanner
by ShopWell – iTunes FREE!

THIS IS MY FAVORITE FOOD APP AT THE GROCERY STORE!
I tried Fooducate: allergies, but it doesn’t find high fructose corn syrup.
This app does!
It scans fast and it was my new right arm at the store.
This scanner helps you manage your weight, high blood pressure and gluten intolerance. Scan foods and find out if the product is a good match for your diet and it also suggests foods that are better for your health. In this app you can customize goals, food preferences, allergies, etc.

When browsing foods, the app gives you help in determining if a specific product is right for you by assigning it a numerical rating. And you can add any particular product to your own personal list. Besides informing you if a food is a match for you, it suggests alternatives and reasons why a product is good or bad for you and gives nutrition information and product ingredients.

PROs: Has a scanner, numerical rating determined by your preferences, good nutritional information and suggests possible healthier products. It recognized Kroger products! And what I like, is right there when you are holding a scanned product and it isn’t in their database, you can send them the product information. It only takes about a minute to take the pictures of what they want and email them the product info.
This app even has achievements for encouraging healthy food choices.

CONs: cannot customize beyond the preset preferences. It does not include corn in its list of allergens.

No Android version 😦

Gluten Free Living Secrets (Android – Free) this is a new app, but sounds great. Hope it delivers. No iTunes version, so I cannot review it for you 😦
Gluten Free Living Secrets is a complete resource that will tell you everything you need to know about the dangers of eating gluten and how to go about transitioning yourself and your family to a life free of this dangerous substance.
Here’s just a taste of what you will discover inside Gluten Free Living Secrets:
-What foods you should focus on when first switching to a gluten-free diet
-The 9 grains that are safe and gluten-free
-The truth about whether you can eat pasta on a gluten-free diet
-What you should know to determine if you have Celiac Disease
-Why you may want to consider eliminating gluten from your child’s diet
-The top 10 reasons to go gluten-free
-How to transform your pantry to be gluten-free
-A list of essential gluten-free shopping tips
-How to keep your kids happy around their gluten-eating friends
-Tips on staying gluten-free when eating out
Remember, once you install the app, you don’t need to be online to access this great info!

FIND ME GLUTEN FREE  (Android FREE)
FIND ME GLUTEN FREE (iTunes FREE)

This is a great Gluten-Free app product INFORMATION and it’s FREE!
Yes, it’s a new app. The developers are not finished with it and would love suggestions. When you contact the developers, they respond pretty quickly.

This app covers a lot of ground. On its main homepage you can find news articles and recipes and even upcoming wellness expos.
Then you’ll find that it locates restaurants near you and also lists national chains and whether they have GF menus or food items and warns if the restaurant could have possible cross-contamination! small list right now. They also have recipes and products in Beta right now.
      Want manufacturers coupons, there are links to them!

This app also has a scanner. There are product lists where you can choose a category then brand and mark whether you like it with a thumbs up/down feature. My only want is if I could add products to their list that I know are good gluten free products like Kinnikinnick Pizza crusts. I guess I could ask them to add it.

     There is also a DINING CARD which explains Celiac disease, what you cannot eat, caution items and what you can eat.

     These developers are trying hard with this app. Once they really get going and have a lot of info, I’m sure you’ll have to pay for this app.

Is That Gluten Free?

This iTunes App ($7.99) also has a Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/IsThatGlutenFree).
No Android version 😦

This app is expensive and totally not worth the money because it doesn’t have a scanner. When I was in the grocery store today, I was not in the mood to enter products to find information  😦    I switched over to Healthy Diet & Grocery Food Scanner 🙂
This app seems VERY comprehensive, listing over 20,000 manufacturer verified GF products, you can add your own products, make notes, manufacturer website and phone links and much more.
What it doesn’t have and reviewers want is a scan feature. Also, this app is JUST FOR GF information, nothing else like GMOs and it doesn’t have a profile option.
As of the latest version update, over 14,000 products were updated or added since December 2012.
Almost 6,000 updates since last release!
I will make the ultimate sacrifice and buy this app and let you know how I feel about it 🙂

UPDATED: 5/13/13 – Is That Gluten Free? v4.0 is now available on the Apple App store! New and updated brands and products! Over 24,000 products listed – over 15,500 products updated or added since last December. More than 3000 validated or new products in this release!
New UPDATE: 6/11/13 – I totally agree that a scanner would make this app worth the $7.99.
It has an Alphabetical Index with tabs to make finding products more efficient.
You can add your own products, categories, brands.
You can rate products and add notes.
Manufacturer comments warn of cross-contamination potential.
Ingredient checklist is color-coded and filtered by safe, unsafe and possibly unsafe. The color coding tells you of comparable products/brands.
This app has a LOT of products. I trust their research and appreciate the validation date.
Is it worth the $7.99 price tag? maybe for some people, but for me, not until it has a product scanner.

ScanAvert (Android – $1.99, 1 month subscription) iTunes version has bad reviews. Android app has better reviews.

Register a dietary profile, scan groceries, get incompatibility information, etc. Looks like a pretty good app for Android phones!

True Food Network (Android – Free / no iTunes version :().  Apparently this app should have a higher star review than 3 stars because of user-ignorance using the app. I guess you need to use your phone’s home button to access the app’s menu.
CFS True Food Shoppers Guide to Avoiding GMOs
The Guide gives you valuable information on common GM ingredients, brands to look for—and look out for—and simple tips to help you find   and avoid GM ingredients!

Foodditive ($3.99 iTunes) -Perfect for those with many food sensitivities. (Caution: allows unfiltered internet access)

Food additives are not always easy to recognize, but gluten freebies need to be aware of certain additives especially if you’re on the diet as a treatment for ADD, Autism, or other food sensitivities.  This app lets you find out exactly what certain additives are used for and how they can harm your body.  Much like the ScanAvert app, you can add detailed information about your diet and personalize your use for the best results.

Foodditive was developed as a personalized reference for individuals with food sensitivities or restricted diets, such as: celiac disease or gluten intolerance; kosher or halal eating; and vegan or vegetarian preferences.

What the developers have not integrated into this app is finding GMOs or organic products. This is the biggest foodditive there is!
I do not understand this app at all. You can browse by Classification, E-Number (whatever that is) and Name.
There are color codings, but don’t understand what they mean either. (Must be my brain fog 🙂 )

This app is handy if you need to watch food additives for Gluten Free eating. I think I wasted my $3.99 on this app 😦

No Android version 😦

Fooducate – Healthy Food Diet (Android – $3.99) 4.5 stars from 3,314 users.
FooducateDiet tracker & healthy food nutrition ( iTunes versions Free & 3.99-add free)  4.5 stars from over 8,000 reviews

Fooducate (above) is NOT for Gluten Freebies
Scan product barcodes, see product highlights, select better alternatives. Created by dietitians. You get to see excessive sugar, tricky trans fats, additives and preservatives, high fructose corn syrup, etc. Apparently this app can find GMOs but I found no reviews talking about finding gluten free products and seems to be really good if you are looking for an excellent app to help clean up your diet and stay away from GMOs, additives, etc.


Fooducate – Allergy & Gluten Free Diet Tracker
(iTunes app $4.99)
The reviews from 2012 were kind of iffy. Fooducate seems to have updated the app as of March 28, 2013. The newest reviewers (6) seem to like the new revisions.

UPDATE: June 11, 2013 – This app lists only the most serious allergens like gluten, milk (not dairy) peanuts, shellfish, egg, soy….
There is a different app for diabetes.
This app has a scanner! Once again, like in other apps, if you scan a product that is not in its database, you can email them the product info!
You can “Like” foods (just like Facebook) and it allows for alternatives and has a food tracker!
This app allows you to calculate your BMI, you can choose to turn “lose Weight” on or off.
It calculates your recommended daily calories and carbs.
You can set goals to warn about GMOs, processed foods, eat vegetarian and vegan.
You can even set how often you want the app to motivate you.
It will even remind you to USE the app! Under “personalize” then Account, go down and choose grocery stores you frequent. It will REMIND you to use the app when you walk into your store!

This app seems very comprehensive if you REALLY want to lose weight, watch your carbs, etc.

Healthy Food, Allergens, GMOs & Nutrition Scanner – by Nxtnutrio (iTunes – $2.99)

This is a new app (only 10 reviews, but 9 give it 5 stars). This scanner helps you spot the numerous chemicals, additives, preservatives, etc. hidden in many brand name foods. You can set up a profile, marking allergies and health conditions, so you are allerted if you have scanned a GMO product or if it is bad for your condition.

The negative reviews make me nervous about paying for this app. Soy doesn’t seem to be an allergen that is included to avoid. This app seems to be more for eating healthier and avoiding some allergens and GMOs as well as gluten. I will not pay for this app to find out for myself. I believe there are other apps that can accomplish the same objectives as this app.

UPDATE: June 11, 2013 – I bought the App.
This app also has a scanner and like other apps, if the product you scan is not in the database, you can email the product information!”
In the profile: you can choose preservatives, MSG, gluten, wheat, eggs, dairy, corn, GMOs, artificial sweeteners & coloring and more!
Also in the profile, you can add health conditions like asthma, behavioral problems, celiac, headaches, obesity, high BP, type 2 diabetes and more.

This app seems great, but it didn’t find Rice Chex apple & cinnamon cereal; but it did find Kroger PNB. And if the product is bad for you, it suggests alternatives.
This app also has a food recall section. It also has 9 product categories, but it doesn’t seem very useful. I’m still a fan of Healthy Diet & Grocery Food Scanner Shopwell’s app at the top of the page.

No Android version 😦

All-in-all, I’m still feeling my way around the apps. Yes, Healthy Diet is my favorite, but others have their good points. I may have to go to the grocery store more and use the apps a lot more to determine which apps are best for me. I’m not sure ONE app will be enough for anyone. That would be wonderful if one app did. Maybe IS THAT GLUTEN FREE will be that one go-to app in the future. It just isn’t right now.

In future posts I will list apps for finding restaurants who serve allergy free foods.

 

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