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Food Tracker Enhancement - Add Custom Meal Categories

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

We launched an often requested enhancement to the myNutrition page today. You can now add extra meal categories for tracking food! Many members have requested this because they eat more than one snack a day. So now you can add as many other meal categories as you'd like.

To add new categories:
1) Go to your myNutrition page
2) At the bottom of your day's entries, click the button that reads "Add/Edit My Extra Meal Categories"
3) You can then click to add a new category, and type in any name that you'd like (Snack 2, Mid-morning Snack, Morning Break, etc)

After adding a new category, you can edit or delete the categories, plus you can change their order at the bottom of your page. Please note that when you add new categories they will always show up at the bottom of your page, under the normal categories.

We hope this makes the Food Tracker an even better tool to help you learn to eat better and reach your health goals!

Member Comments About This Blog Post:

  Exactly what I was looking for. emoticon

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KLASSIE 12/10/2009 10:52PM

    Thanks, this is great. It's more appealing to see a breakdown of snacks eaten rather than all lumped together at the end of the tracker.

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JANENE413 12/10/2009 8:09PM

    No wonder I couldn't find it! IT WAS TOO OBVIOUS!

Thanks for all of this great support!


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FDCHESTER 10/6/2009 10:49AM

  One thing to note is that if you use the iPhone/iPod application, the calories of the new categories will count towards your "Calories eaten today" the 'Today' page on the application. However,the categories, and the items under them, will not show on the 'Food' page.

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FDCHESTER 10/6/2009 9:31AM

  One thing to note is that if you use the iPhone/iPod application, the calories of the new categories will count towards your "Calories eaten today" the 'Today' page on the application. However,the categories, and the items under them, will not show on the 'Food' page.

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95BRAVO 9/20/2009 4:23PM

  After you add the category, how do you add standard foods items to the new meal category.

Say, an item from the standard dinner menu that I want to move to the newly created snack menu category?

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BEADNSUE 8/24/2009 9:55AM

  I can add the meal but can't figure out how to put food in it!

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SANDYKMAC 4/12/2008 12:26AM

    This is great. I have yogurt during my break at work. I also take a cut up apple to munch on while working. Having to put those amid my later snacks made a very lopsided list. Now, if we could rearrange the order of all of the meals.

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DIVEGODDESS 4/6/2008 2:55PM

    thanks, but it sure took awhile! i've been asking for this for nearly a year since I eat 6 meals a day. I just ignore the top section and named my meals meal 1, meal 2, etc. I now wish there was a way to get rid of the breakfast, lunch dinner sections.

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RAMZEE 3/31/2008 11:18AM

  I think this feature of Sparkpeople is worth it's weight in gold (not food). If I didn't use any other part of SP this is the greatest. Really opens your eye as to what you are actually eating and the calories. Thanks

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***DEBRA*** 3/30/2008 4:06PM

    Thank you so much for making meal planning that much easier!

Have you ever given thought to a calorie count down.
Having my total calories added up for me is terrific.
But seeing how many calories are still available would be nice, too.

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LIFEASMRSA 3/27/2008 4:13PM

    haha thanx! its great i love it!

now if we can only put the categories in the order we want them! haha

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JANIEANNETTE7 3/26/2008 4:40PM

    Thank you! I especially like this because otherwise all of my snacks were listed in one catagory, now I can see what times I'm actually eating those snacks. What a great idea!

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FITNESSFREAK10 3/26/2008 3:24AM

    Thanks for making changes which will cater to various needs.

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SAMODER 3/23/2008 11:51PM

    This was REALLY easy to use. Thank you for adding this feature.

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POLARLADY 3/23/2008 9:23PM

    Thanks for adding this feature - now I can make sure I have eaten 6 times per day at a glance.

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BETTAFISH303 3/23/2008 8:40PM

    Thank You for this feature, I have been using it, this is why I love SP!! I am so grateful that I have found SP, I have tried so many different diets in my life, and this is the only one that has worked so well for me...
It is so easy to use, I am totally glued everyday reading articles, logging in my calories, unbelievable how every thing I eat is listed!! Thank you again, I take advantage of almost all your features

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MAIZEY 3/23/2008 8:21PM

    Thanks for adding this feature. It really helps to evaluate your eating when it doesn't look like you just had one big snack! Plus it helps to identify trouble spots - such as late afternoon snacking - to find new strategies for improvement. Spark People is wonderful!

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SHERRY822 3/23/2008 7:58PM

    That's great ! I have only been with SparkPeople for about 6 weeks,but it just keeps getting better.This site is so motivational,and inspirational,not to mention easy to use and full of advice and information.I am addicted! I tell everyone I know about it.Thank you so much for such a WONDERFUL GIFT.

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BEBELOU 3/23/2008 7:25PM

    This addition of extra meals is great as I'm diabetic. I send my report to a dietican and we need to connect the snacks to the time of day and my meter readings. I'm pretty new to Sparkpeople anyway, but this just made my day to read what that means

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DRNELSON 3/23/2008 1:43PM

    nice addition!
Just a note; spark people mynutrition is the easiest and most complete diet record I have seen.
Others are more complicated, less complete food listings...therefore more difficult and less likely to be used.

Thank you for this great tool!

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FLYNNGALS 3/23/2008 1:39PM

    Can we take it a step further and is there a way to record what time we ate each meal? I would also love it if, in addition to being able to control what order my customization comes in, I could mix them in with b'fast-lunch-dinner-snack. Thank you!

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BNJMNB 3/23/2008 11:18AM

    this def. helps. esp w/ confidence. seeing a few snacks under one category makes it look like one huge snack!

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MISSKAZU 3/23/2008 1:26AM

    this is a great idea! thank u muchly!!

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FIGWITS 3/23/2008 12:13AM

    Thank you. Thank you. Thank you!!!!!!

I've been asking for this addition for years and I'm loving it and using it daily.

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MAHLAI 3/22/2008 11:13PM

    I don't know where to say it but I would like to be able to record my steps and not the minutes that I walk. Thank you

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LORAKAY 3/22/2008 9:52PM

    This is just another perfect example to ABSOLUTELY LOVE SP!!! Like so many others here that have said, "everyone is so gracious and considerate”...they say it because everyone really, really is! I have only been with SP for a week and can already see the change in me and my whole attitude about health and fitness; it is amazing! With the support that is given here from everyone, managing our weight might become something that just comes naturally.
I stay motivated here because daily, I am given the reasons to want to change my life.
Thank you so much for the unbelievable gift you have given me.

Comment edited on: 3/23/2008 11:01:20 PM

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PSWIPF 3/22/2008 6:55PM

    Thanks, this makes things easier!!

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CJKJAJM 3/22/2008 4:08PM

  I really like the food tracker it has opened up my eyes to how many calories I was eating and wasn't aware of it.

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JANETL1 3/22/2008 3:15PM

    Love this! I added "Afternoon Snack," "Evening Snack," and "Unplanned Grazing." I like my nutrition page to show me the truth about my choices -- this will help so much! Thank you! Thank you! SP ROCKS!!

BTW, I added all the information on my daily vitamin as a manually-added favorite food. Then I just choose it as part of my breakfast. I like this method of tracking my vitamin because it adds the info to the day's report on nutrients.

Comment edited on: 3/22/2008 3:16:43 PM

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BABYLION1 3/22/2008 9:22AM

    This is a great idea. I snack mid morning and in the afternoon and in the evening. (trying to eat smaller meals) Right now when I look at snacks I think in terms of eating it all at once. Great to have the separation.
Thank you,

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TYPINGIT 3/21/2008 3:02PM

    This is wonderful. I have diabetes and must eat 2 snacks a day. This will help not only track the snacks but let me see if either snack is too large or too small!!

Thanks for all you do!!!

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CHANNELED 3/21/2008 2:55PM

    Sweet! Thanks so much to you and your team of developers!

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LUVLIVIN 3/21/2008 12:58PM

  Thanks, I think it a great addition.

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CRUBYSAIL 3/21/2008 12:56PM

  This will really help with tracking eating patterns and noticing frequency as well as perhaps triggers.

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AZURE7SKY 3/21/2008 11:34AM

    That sounds fantastic!! I will have to play with that! Can you move the categories around on an individual day basis, or does it stay constant across days? It would be nice to have a mid-morning snack on one day but maybe an afternoon and an evening snack on another without a morning one.

I agree completely with NancyAnne65 too! I am trying really hard to motivate myself on my vitamins and its difficult.

Many thanks for all that you do! This site is wonderful!

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NANCYANNE55 3/21/2008 11:10AM

    Thanks! You know what would also be a great addition to the meal tracker? A place to check of that you took a multivitamin. Maybe people could even earn a point or two for it!

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CATHYPEC 3/21/2008 10:48AM

    Thanks! It's a great enhancement!

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MYTHICALANGEL 3/21/2008 10:11AM

    Thank you, great idea

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STEVENWOL 3/21/2008 9:24AM

    Thank you for making such a great tool even better!

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ZELLAZM 3/21/2008 9:06AM

    Thank you - I love the food tracker anyway, but now it will be even better, more flexible and easier to use.

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HAPPYWHITE 3/21/2008 8:30AM

    Awesome addition!! This is a wonderful website!!

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BUBBLES64NY 3/21/2008 7:18AM

    thankx so much for this great program i love it !!see it gets better and better as it goes along. stay safe god bless

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ELLIQQ 3/21/2008 2:42AM

    Thanks for making a good product ever better !! Your efforts are appreciated.

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OLIVEEGW 3/21/2008 12:58AM

    That's great! Now it will not look so bad with one long snack list. Thank you so much for the resource and support provided. And all for Free!!!

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FITPRADS 3/21/2008 12:40AM

    THATS GREAT! Now I dont have to see a very long snack list...
now if only I can get the routine Indian food ( chapati/roti, daals, pickles ) listed on the nutition tracker... that would be HEAVEN!!! right now I enter each food into the recipe cal counter, but that does get tedious as the pages dont open up fast.

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BIDGIRL 3/21/2008 12:17AM

    Thank you for these enhancements. It would be wonderful to have a copy and paste option within the nutrition section. I often reuse the same meal plans and a copy/paste function would make inputting much faster. Thanks again!

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ADRIANN1 3/20/2008 11:53PM

    This sounds great!!! Thank you so much for all the hard work you people do!!! You are such a blessing

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