This is the era of an app for everything and everything in its app, and health is no exception. It makes sense: When you can try to monitor or improve anything with technology, why not use your devices to better yourself? 'Tis the season of resolutions after all. And while a lot of new health technology is silly, frivolous, or just plain doesn't work, there's some fun and useful stuff out there too. Here The Atlantic staffers share a few of the health apps, gadgets, and ideas to look forward to in 2015.
There’s an episode of Portlandia where the two main characterstry vegan food at a restaurant for the first time and afterward have to be escorted out onto a special patio to relieve themselves of the, ahem, pressures of vegetable-rich food. Indeed, the vegan diet has many downsides—expense, restrictiveness, a propensity toward flatulence—but living in gastrointestinal and ethical purity outweigh those for some people.
Skye Michael Conroy, a chef and author of three vegan cookbooks, has created a variety of “Instant Vegan Cheeses” so that at least the herbivores don’t have to sacrifice pizza. They’re made with plant-based starches, and allegedly, they can be shredded or melted just like the cow-based stuff.