A Winning New Year's Resolution - Better Physical and Mental Health

December 29, 2014 in Lifestyle (E)

[prMac.com] Revere, Massachusetts - Indie developer James Hollender has an App Bundle that'll help you achieve your New Year's goal of both better physical and mental health. Imagine yourself if the best shape both mentally and physically. With an iPad and the "Life Inventory for iPad plus iNutrients" app bundle, this goal is entirely possible.

With the "Life Inventory for iPad plus iNutrients" App Bundle, the user get both the main Life Inventory app (specifically for iPad) along with the Lite version, a supplement that provides a sample Life Inventory you can experiment with that can be restored to its original content, so there's no fear of making a mistake that can't be undone.

You also get the iNutrients app, which allows the user to quickly get information for the nutrient content of food servings for ten nutrients: Calories, Carbohydrates, Cholesterol, Fiber, Potassium, Proteins, Saturated Fat, Sodium, Sugars, and Vitamin K; plus you can create your own custom food definitions.

Life Inventory for iPad:
This app guides users in creating their own Life Inventory, which can provide greater self-understanding of their personality, strengths, and weaknesses. While requiring a significant investment of time, the Inventory allows users to analyze reactions to:

* People
* Institutions and Organizations
* Principles, Ideals and Beliefs
* Sources of Anxiety and Excitement
* Fears
* Sex Relations

The process of completing a Life Inventory doesn't directly address anyone's specific addiction(s), but rather helps the user examine in detail events that have transpired in their life. The Life Inventory app gently assists the user in probing into not only what happened, but also why it happened. The questions asked help the user delve into areas often never considered before like:

* What did I want?
* Why did I want it?
* What am I not admitting?
* What lie did I tell myself? (always present)
* What did I leave out or not say?
* What lie did I tell others?
* Have I ever done the same thing?
* Was it any of my business?
* Were my expectations reasonable?
* What was the real truth?
* What was I not seeing?
* Did I fail to see the facts of the situation?
* What actions did I take to get what I wanted?
* What actions did I omit to get what I wanted?

Sometimes the questions are difficult to answer, but once done, they help provide significant insight into why certain choices were made and, more importantly, determining there are often alternative choices available which will make life so much better.

Life Inventory guides the user through six different steps, each with its own activity grouping, for making a Life Inventory in writing:

* Build Lists
* Causes and Effects
* My Part
* Fears Analysis
* Fear Questions
* Sex Relations

The Inventory begins by using one simple list, which defines four fixed Categories in which to file away what are broadly categorized as Incidents:

* People
* Institutions and Organizations
* Principles, Ideals and Beliefs
* Sources of Anxiety and Excitement

Each of the four Categories will contain hierarchical sub-categories that the user created (Miscellaneous is included by default). From there, users outline Entities and then individual Incidents.

Step-by-step, users complete the Causes and Effects of each Incident. Next, users determine the part they played in each Incident listed. It is not unusual to create hundreds of individual Incident forms. The app includes the ability to create and save all written lists and forms with password protection. Having completed all their Incident forms, users can refer to these forms to help list all their Fears. The app includes the following eight pre-defined fears, to which the user is free to add:

* Other people's opinions
* Not getting what I want
* Not having control of the situation
* Financial insecurity
* Abandonment
* Physical harm
* Failure
* Success

The fifth step is examining each Fear category and answering the following key questions:
* Why did I have this fear?
* When did I first notice this fear in my life?
* How did I hold on to this fear?
* What did this fear make me do?
* What chain of circumstances did this fear set in motion in my life?
* How did I react to this fear?
* What decision did this fear cause me to make?
* How did self-reliance fail me?
* What should I have done instead?

A sixth and final step is examining Sex Relations, where users answer 12 probing questions regarding each individual sexual relationship.

A final Sex Relations exercise asks users to write their sexual ideal towards which they are willing to grow.

For those involved in 12-step programs a Life Inventory is considered the equivalent of a Moral Inventory.

Privately keep track of the foods you eat including data for 10 important nutrients ... iNutrients provides lightning fast access to Nutrient data for 8,463 different foods and 15,135 different food servings based on the USDA National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference for the following nutrients:

* Calories
* Carbohydrates
* Cholesterol - Dietary Cholesterol
* Fiber
* Potassium
* Proteins
* Saturated Fat
* Sodium
* Sugars
* Vitamin K - Vitamins K1, K1D & K2

These nutrients are listed in alphabetical order and will be presented throughout the app in this same order. The icons are from individual apps by the developer, each covering a single nutrient corresponding to the nutrients in this app.

iNutrients utilizes information taken from the entire USDA National Nutrient Database for each of these ten nutrients, unlike the individual apps, which cover less than 10% of what's available.

You will find the Search functionality extremely fast as all needed infromation from the USDA database is local to the app - no internet connectivity is required.

From the Search functionality you can save information for the foods you eat each day. You are able to pick a serving size and then either record a multiple of 0.1 - 9.9 servings; or optionally create a custom serving size from 1 to 500 grams. As you change the serving size you can graphically see the the effect on the various nutrients via color coding ranging from white to black (think burnt), and gray indicates data is not available:

* Black - Extremely High
* Dark Red - Very High
* Red - High
* Orange - Moderately High
* Yellow - Moderate
* Light Green - Moderately Low
* Green - Low
* Light Blue - Very Low
* White - Extremely Low
* Gray - Unknown

The My Data section allows you to access up to a full year's worth of Food Serving Intake Items stored in your Personal iNutrients Database. For each day there is an Action button which allows you to copy all Food Servings to today's list.

From the My Data section, select any Intake Item to get the complete information available. From this display you can tap the Action button in the upper right corner to:

* Delete - Delete the current Food Serving.
* Change Number of Servings - Change the number of Servings for the current Food Intake Item
* Change the Intake Date - Move the current Food Serving to another day
* This is extremely useful if you haven't been able to enter what you've eaten on the day it occurred; just simply enter it and then use this function to change to the date needed
* Copy Intake Item to Today - Copy the current Food Serving to today

The Customize section provides a means for you to create your own Custom Color Scale for each nutrient if desired.

The rotating images occasionally seen on the right, on the iPad only, are representative of the 25 different Food Groups designated by the USDA. You will typically see versions of these images whenever a food group is identified.

The user's personal data can be backed up and restored using iTunes on either a Mac or PC.

Note: If you already own any of these individual apps, your previous cost will get applied towards the App Bundle.

Based in Revere, Massachusetts, Indie developer James Hollender is a well seasoned Information Technology professional who has been familiar with Apple products since the days of the first Macintosh computer and has been involved with object oriented programming since the introduction of Java, culminating most recently in writing apps in Objective C for the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. His innovative ideas have resulted in numerous suggestions and other awards including a commendation from The President of the United States. James Hollender has been involved writing iPhone and iPad apps with Foliage, Kronos, Olympus, Cross Country Automotive Services (now Agero), and Valmarc Corporation. Copyright (C) 2010-2014 James Hollender. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, iPhone, and iPod are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries. Other trademarks and registered trademarks may be the property of their respective owners.


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