Keeping it Delicious and Nutritious: Guilds for Food and Cooking

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Last month, we looked at Health- and Fitness-related Guilds as we started off the New Year. Now we’re exploring another important aspect of your health: fueling your body and delighting your senses with delicious and wholesome food! Whether you’re totally new to eating healthy, or you’re a nutrition and food-prep pro, you can find fellow Habiticans who are excited to share tips, tricks, recipes, and more. Join us as we highlight a few of the Guilds in Habitica that focus on Food and Cooking!

The Chef’s Special https://habitica.com/groups/guild/0f2c28ff-35db-47eb-a459-5466dcd7d958

The Chef’s Special is a place for cooking fanatics to connect! Guild members share recipes, talk technique, and share their favorite tips for making delicious meals. They also have some fun Challenges that will inspire you to try new things!

Vegetarians and Vegans: https://habitica.com/groups/guild/1a7d0075-d590-4aaf-b671-52c5a514a8cf

Are you a lifelong vegetarian/vegan? Thinking about becoming one? Or maybe you are just looking into ways to reduce the amount of meat you consume for health or environmental reasons? If any of those apply to you, check out the Vegetarians and Vegans Guild for tips, recipes, and discussions of how to stay healthy on a diet that omits or reduces use of animal products!

Foodies: https://habitica.com/groups/guild/2ed36580-011f-4abb-94fc-e52022f38f6f

This Guild is for everyone who loves food. Join discussions about recipes, restaurants, nutrition, and food-related culture from around the world,. This Guild also hosts a number of Challenges that can help you explore fun new food horizons or even help you pursue healthier eating habits!

Veggie Cooking Club: https://habitica.com/groups/guild/30af590a-74d4-4e68-9e72-558a75c6c64d

If you love eating plants, this is the Guild for you! Open to those of all dietary persuasions, this group offers a great chat space for sharing veggie-forward recipes and exploring the best that the wide world of fruits and vegetables has to offer. Veggie Cooking Club is also home to a monthly Veggie Cooking Challenge!

These Guilds and many others are here to help you pursue nutritional goals as well as discover new and exciting foods and recipes. Check them out and get cooking! And if you’re looking for more advice on upping your Food and Cooking game, be sure to read this month’s Use Case Spotlight, featuring tips and tricks from fellow Habiticans!

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Contributor Spotlight: shanaqui

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Welcome to the Contributor Spotlight Series, where we interview amazing members of the Habitica community! Today we’re chatting with shanaqui, one of our Moderators and Challengers. They help manage the community and keep Habitica safe and happy, and run lots of  exciting Challenges including Super Socialite and New Years Countdown!

shanaqui, How did you get involved with Habitica?

I think I just wandered into the Tavern one day, learned about socialite tiers, and decided to use my all-too-abundant spare time for something positive. I have less free time now, but I’m self-employed, so it’s easy to drop in.

What’s your proudest contribution to Habitica?

I’m pretty proud of the New Year Countdown challenges. It was just a passing idea to spread some gems around at the end of 2015, and then suddenly loads of people were participating and even donating gems for prizes; I was getting tons of messages from people who loved it; and incidentally some of the tasks benefitted charities or encouraged people to do positive actions in their communities. I started saving up gems to run it again as soon as we got to September!

What are your secret superpowers?

I can type at 100wpm, allowing me to ninja Alys. That’s a superpower, right?

What are your secret weaknesses?

I tend to resort to passive-aggressiveness and have to work really hard to keep a lid on it. Oh, you said secret… well, I’m actually not a very organised person. I like making lists more than I like sticking to them.

What are your favorite Habitican pets/mounts?

Pet-wise, hedgehogs! Mounts, I have an enormous fondness for the dragons; the first thing I hatch after using Keys to the Kennels is a red dragon, so I can dress my avatar up like the Welsh flag ready for game days. I also have high hopes for the upcoming hippos. But for now, hedgehogs and dragons reign supreme.

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What some things you’re tracking in Habitica?

Books! I have habits not to buy books impulsively, a to-do for reading a set list of books per month, a daily for making time to read no matter how busy I am, a daily for writing reviews for my blog… These will probably surprise nobody. Also, from necessity, my class schedule: it’s an intense diet of cell biology, human biology, evolutionary biology and neuroscience, this year, which is exciting but takes a lot of planning and scheduling.

What do you like to do in your free time?

Read! I know, it’s a shock. Also crochet, gaming, sometimes writing, and when the weather is cool, walking. I like to do a lot of learning in addition to my actual BSc, so I practise my languages and play chess problems.

What are your top Habitica tips and tricks?

If you’re feeling a lot of resistance to doing a Daily, it’s a good idea to reconsider it — whether that means changing the difficulty, only doing it on alternate days, or dropping it entirely. It’s a sign that it’s not working for you, not aligning with your goals or just not that important to your life right now, even if it’s something you feel that you should like.

Where do you like to hang out in Habitica?

I’m nearly always in the Tavern, but I also love the Legendary Book Club guild and the Short Term Goal Accountability guild. Rare is the day I don’t check into those guilds, and the support from other members of the STGA guild is probably one of the reasons I’ve had so much success with Habitica.

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Want to learn about some of the other contributors who make Habitica such a cool place? Check the Contributor Spotlight and Staff Spotlight tags on our blog!

BEHIND THE SCENES: Our Beloved Pets

The “Behind The Scenes” series is a chance for us to give you a glimpse into the inner workings of HabitRPG, Inc., the company that makes Habitica. Every so often, we’ll treat you to some silly staff shenanigans or show you the work that goes into your favorite features. Enjoy!
Many of you have seen our fancy pixel pets on display next to our avatars, but in honor of today’s love-filled holiday, we wanted to show you some of the real-life pets that we adore. Enjoy!

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Autumn frequently uses Stealth, so it can be tough for Sabe to capture a photo.
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On the other hand, Sabe’s dog Menchi is a more outgoing adventurer…
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…as is Watson the Basenji! (Elementary, my dear pup!)
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It’s fitting that Verily the cat is so fond of decorations, since her owner is Leslie, the Seasonal Sorceress!
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Verily is always on the alert for new ways to earn gold and experience…
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…and never misses the opportunity to battle a Boss!
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Meanwhile, Vicky’s dog, Ruby, is thrilled at the prospect of checking off her “Exercise” Daily with an awesome hike.
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Since brain is just as important as brawn, Ruby also makes sure to spend time organizing her tasks…. her tasty, tasty tasks.
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After a hard day improving your Strength, Intelligence, and Perception, don’t forget to get plenty of rest to boost your Constitution!
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Phillip’s cat Muffin is a constant coding companion…
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…even when he falls asleep on the job!
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Keith’s dog Izzy is eager to meet you 😛
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Plus, his cats Talulah and Pilgrim know that being in a Party with friends is a great way to stay accountable to your tasks… even when your only To-Do is “Sit on the Rug.”
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Beth’s cat Beauford has lots of Dailies, including “Test Pillow Softness”…
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…”Play Sports”….
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…and even “Model on the Catwalk!” (Believe it or not, Beth made that bandanna herself.)
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Alys’ cat Anya might need to add “Studied Reading Comprehension” to her Dailies, but at least Kissy the dog can click the (+) on her “Sharing Graciously” Habit!
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Meanwhile, Alys’ cat Ben is prepared to leap into battle, dragons or no.
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Cantras’ dog Alvin says, “Don’t let anyone make you feel silly about the stuff you love! Even if you love a ball wrapped in an old sock.”
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Alvin also wants you to know that when your tasks are hard, you should never be afraid to ask for help.
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Megan’s cat Taz doesn’t even WANT to look at all those dark red To-Dos!
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Meanwhile, Megan’s other cat, Casper, shows us that he knows quite a few tricks, including rolling over for kibbles!
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Hulk the bunny needs to consult with her owner, shanaqui, about which class to choose. Should she be a Rogue, since she’s so good at disguise?
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Or should she be a Mage, since she’s so good at studying?
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This is too exhausting for Hulk. Time to Rest in the Inn.

We hope that you enjoyed meeting our real-world companions 🙂 Even though none of them are Gold, Red, or Cotton Candy Blue, they make up a spectacular menagerie.

Until next time!

Establishing Your Tasks

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It’s Wiki Wednesday! Once a month we highlight a helpful post from the Wiki with tips about productivity, wellness, and optimizing your use of Habitica!

In last month’s edition of Wiki Wednesday, we highlighted some fantastic advice from the Wiki about Starting Over Options. Whether you’ve started fresh for 2017, or you’re just looking to re-evaluate your Tasks, you might be wondering where to start when you’re thinking about new Habits, Dailies, and To-Dos. Luckily, the Wiki Scribes have great detailed information to help you decide what Tasks to list, and what categories may work best for them!

Consider your current tasks, aspirations, and struggles.

If you’re looking for a planner, or something to balance work and play, you may want to add all different areas of your life: habits, scheduled tasks, chores, one-time tasks, recreation, etc.

If you want to establish stronger daily routines, you can focus on that area of your life. You can break tasks into very small steps using checklists or adding notes to your tasks (visible on mouse-over).

Want to know more? Head over to the wiki to check out the full article!

Use Case Spotlight: Food and Cooking

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As we continue into 2017, it’s a great idea to continue evaluating your health goals for this year as well as setting new ones. Here are some great tips, tricks, and ideas for using Habitica to set (and maintain!) new tasks and goals related to Food and Cooking. These come from your fellow players in the Use Case Spotlights Guild!

Mari offers some great ideas for setting up Food and Cooking-related Tasks!

I have a variety of general and specific Habits, Dailies, and To Do’s. Habits: Eat Junk Food (-) and Eat 1 Healthy Meal (+ or -). Dailies include Pack Healthy Lunch and Track 1 Thing each day, and then weekly Plan Meals and Prep Healthy Food/Meals. To Do’s vary and may be Try New Food/Recipe, Farmer’s Market, or Freezer Seal special veggies or soup so I have it readily on hand. Habitica helps keep me organized, motivated, and on track which makes eating more healthfully much easier!

SpawnofElvis has some Habits and Dailies to help encourage cooking:

Last year I was trying to cook more regularly, and made ‘cook a meal’ a daily item. It worked really well. This year I want to go 100% vegetarian, and I have come up with a habit: choose the vegetarian option, and a daily: eat fresh veggies. I just joined the Vegetarians and Vegans guild to help with my resolution to go all the way. In the past, learning to make Indian and Japanese dishes has helped encourage me to cook vegetarian more often at home. It’s restaurants that are the hard part for me

StormyScribe is combating food waste in a big way!

I keep track of the perishables in my fridge and pantry with a check list in a to-do called “Use it or lose it.” I also keep a Meal Plan to-do where I can slot in leftovers to make sure they don’t go bad. Finally, I have a – habit I click when something goes bad. This system has really helped me cut out food waste (and cut the grocery bills….).

Dan O’Dea uses To-Do’s to explore new culinary horizons:

I’ve always used Habitica to-dos for grocery lists – now I’m also using it to make at least one “new” food per week. I have piles of cookbooks of all sorts, but it’s easy to get into a rut (e.g., Meatloaf Monday) or just wing it (a casserole today). I want to make eating more interesting, and also involve my wife more (she’s not a cook), which is important as both our children are away at college, so there’s an added benefit to that.

There were so many helpful and exciting tips we couldn’t feature them all here! You can see them all and join in the discussion in the Use Case Spotlights Guild– one of your ideas could be featured next month! Look for an announcement of next month’s theme from Bailey soon.

Also, if you missed it you may want to take a look at our most recent Guild Spotlight, which showcases groups dedicated to Health and Fitness- another important aspect of your well-being. These Guilds can give you more ideas and some even have themed Challenges to help you pursue healthy goals!