Developing a positive relationship with food can be a complex process, especially for those living with or recovering from disordered eating. But technology can be helpful in understanding how to monitor your habits, improve your mental health, and take positive steps toward a stronger mind and body.

iPhone rating: 4.9 stars

Android rating: 4.7 stars

Price: Free

This app is designed to be a smart companion for managing your recovery from a variety of eating disorders. Keep a record of meals, thoughts, and feelings; customize meal plans, coping tactics, and recovery goals; and link to your treatment team when you need in-the-moment feedback and support.

iPhone rating: 4.7 stars

Android rating: 4.6 stars

Price: Free

If you struggle with food, dieting, exercise, and body image, Rise Up + Recover offers an empowering range of tools to help you find success. The app is based on self-monitoring homework, a key aspect of cognitive behavioral therapy. Log your meals, emotions, and behaviors, set custom reminders to keep you inspired and moving forward, and export PDF summaries of your meal log and check-ins to share with your treatment team.

iPhone rating: 4 stars

Android rating: 3.7 stars

Price: Free with in-app purchases

RealifeChange (or Coachin’Up Your Life) is a personal, portable life coach. Use the app to track feelings, emotions, and experiences by type, intensity, and location. Each experience tracked in RealifeChange gives you meaningful insights about yourself.

iPhone rating: 4.5 stars

Android rating: 3.7 stars

Price: Free

MindShift is a scientifically-based anxiety tool that teaches you how to relax and be mindful, develop more effective ways of thinking, and proactively take charge of your anxiety. The app shows you how to address and manage social anxiety and perfectionism with cognitive behavioral therapy-based tools for lasting positive change.

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iPhone rating: 4.6 stars

Android rating: 4.4 stars

Price: Free with in-app purchases

What’s Up? is a useful app offering different therapy methods to help you manage stress, anxiety, depression, and other conditions. Learn simple methods for overcoming negative thinking patterns, use the diary to track your thoughts and feelings, try the app’s breathing exercises for staying calm and relaxed, and much more.

Android rating: 4.3 stars

Price: Free with in-app purchases

Cognitive Diary teaches you how to recognize the kind of thinking that interferes with achieving goals in your life, and what you can do to change those negative thoughts. Designed for self-help and self-improvement, the Cognitive Diary app was developed by a licensed clinical psychologist with more than 20 years as a practicing psychotherapist.

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Jessica Timmons has been a freelance writer since 2007. She writes, edits, and consults for a great group of steady accounts and the occasional one-off project, all while juggling the busy lives of her four kids with her ever-accommodating husband. She loves weightlifting, really great lattes, and family time.