Set up custom reminders with your own motivational wording to allow yourself to remember to journal. There are two different kind of reminders that you can set up within Ate.
X-Time After Meal Reminder
These reminders can be set up at certain times after a meal, including questions like, "How was it?" or "Is it time to eat again?".
Specific Time Reminder
In addition to this, reminders can be set up at a specific time of the day. For example, "It's time for breakfast!" or "My eating window is closing for today" if you are experimenting with intermittent fasting.
These can be enabled by tapping on the reminder button in the top Navigation bar or in Settings.
These reminders will work in the same way as notifications do, by asking you to enable notifications for the app. No need t worry about push notifications from Ate, the notifications received are the ones that you set up for yourself.
Be more mindful by…
Adding Ate to your phone’s home screen.
Moving the Ate app icon to the home screen can be helpful for the first week or so as it will be a constant reminder to use it.
Adding Ate to your phone's navigation bar.
This will make journaling a breeze.
Adding Ate’s widget to the home screen.
This will not only make journaling a breeze but also help you be more aware of the last time you ate and your last meal.
But if you still forget to snap a picture of your food, there are still options!
Setting Custom Reminders
Setting reminders can be a great first start as you will start receiving them based on what you have set.
If you accidentally set too many reminders in the beginning, it’s ok. If it starts to become annoying, you can always go back in and adjust them to what you prefer.
It's important to be patient in understanding the food timing and getting the messages lined up, but when you have this down, these reminders will be extremely useful.
Be more mindful by…
Changing the text around in your reminders often and have fun with it.
Try using the interactive “After-meal” reminders. This will allow you to remember to fill out the mindful self-reflection questions after a meal. This can be set up to notify you a certain amount of minutes after a meal. This reminder will be displayed on the lock screen like all other notifications.
With this type of interactive reminder, you can directly access the mindful questions from the lock screen, answer them, and save them without ever opening up the app. This can be helpful because logging this information will not take too much time away from enjoying everything else that is going on.