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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:
GAILGGS 3/20/2008 5:06PM


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JOPRAY 3/20/2008 5:03PM


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MAINEROCKS 3/20/2008 5:01PM

    Excellent, thanks!

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LSCOTT57 3/20/2008 4:44PM

    This is a great new feature - thank you!

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KATETACK 3/20/2008 4:42PM

    That's a great addition to the tracker. I do have another request. I would like to track my sodium (in addition to calories, carbs, fat & protein). Is there a way to add that to the list? I'm not sure how much is too much and I'd like to limit it but I need help with that.


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REMINISCING 3/20/2008 4:41PM

    SO cool! Thank you!!

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DUSAMAE 3/20/2008 4:33PM

    Thank you.

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4MEBFIT2015 3/20/2008 4:31PM

    Thank you!

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LAINERS0323 3/20/2008 4:20PM

    Yeah! now I don't look like I eat this enormous breakfast all at once!!! SparkPeople are awesome:)

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ME4CAM 3/20/2008 4:20PM

  I just want to say THANK YOU !!!
With out you, I'd be in the boat I've been in for the past 15 years. It's so wonderful to have gotten out of the boat !!
Thank you again,

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ITHINKICAN4 3/20/2008 4:15PM

  SP I think you all are doing a wonderful job. Everyday I learn something new from your website. Keep up the good work.

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ANGELMCDANIEL 3/20/2008 4:14PM


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LHOFF0651 3/20/2008 4:12PM

  This is an AWESOME website! You have made my days filled with things to do and tracking my food so easy! I can now stay within my calorie range much easier. Thanks so much for helping me lose my first 5 pounds! I feel like a success already!

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HAZ2LOSE 3/20/2008 3:55PM

    this was a really great idea. i eat 6 small meals a day to keep my metabolism going

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THINNYMINNY 3/20/2008 3:51PM

    Awesome job--again! Thanks.

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SASSYCHRIS1952 3/20/2008 3:49PM

    Thank you for adding that feature! Now that I have sub-divisions for snacks, it doesn't look like I've been eating enough snacks to feed an elephant LOL! :)

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SJ1320 3/20/2008 3:42PM

    Thanks! That is one of the things that I LOVE about Spark People. The software is always getting better. :)

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JULISABROCAR 3/20/2008 3:11PM

    love it !!

I used the Snack category for morning and added afternoon and evening snack categories. Trying not to be OCD that my morning snack category doesn't say "morning" :)

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VELRENO 3/20/2008 3:07PM

    Wow. Thanks. Does the auto meal decide what I should have on my extra meals or is it just a new slot?

How can I save a recipe for my food tracker without uploading it to Sometimes my recipes are just slightly different and I don't want to upload, but I want the accurate calorie count.

Also, I wish I could copy and paste a previous day. Sometimes I have the same thing like maybe, every Monday is meatloaf, every tuesday is fish fillets. Etc. It would be nice to track automatically what I normally do without having to enter it every time.

Thanks. Love the site. GREAT WEBSITE. Fabulous. You are doing a great job and this is a great service. I shared it with my doctor and his nurse. They were fascinated.

Also, I would like if you could incorporate the menu items from Leanne Ely's Saving Dinner at She already has the calorie and breakdown but it would be great if her site and yours were compatible.

How can I have her contact you?

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SAMMAXX 3/20/2008 2:59PM

  Is there any way to delete an existing catagory?

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SISTERDOE 3/20/2008 2:58PM

    What a helpful addition to the Nutrition Tracker! Thank you.

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CLEANEATER 3/20/2008 2:54PM

    I love this feature, but where exactly are you able to drag them to change the order? I can't do that.

(Edited to add:) Never mind - I figured it out! You can only drag them on the edit page.

Comment edited on: 3/20/2008 2:54:44 PM

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PCKELL 3/20/2008 2:53PM

    just added my am and pm snacks. Works well I have'nt had to drag anything, it has just added them to the list under dinner and I can click on it as you can with the others. SP yet again I am very very very impressed by this site and keep telling all my friends about it!!

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KELLYIM 3/20/2008 2:51PM

    Hmmm, mine won't let me drag the new entries.

OK, I figured out that you can only do it on the add/edit page. What would be really nice is if you could move all the meals around. For instance, I have a Pre-workout Snack and then go to the gym before Breakfast. Then I have a Snack in between Lunch and Dinner. Any way to make the meals on the Nutrition page moveable? That would be great.


Comment edited on: 3/20/2008 2:58:58 PM

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KELLYIM 3/20/2008 2:48PM

    That's great! Very helpful with keeping everything organized

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CATS1958 3/20/2008 2:48PM

    yippie fantasic job again sparkpeople

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FATTAMMY1 3/20/2008 2:28PM

  Thanks for listening! This is FANTASTIC!

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BEEZY29 3/20/2008 2:27PM

    Wow, thanks! I always kinda felt like I was lying when I would track my morning snack and afternoon snack at the same time, so this is great!

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BEANIEISBACK 3/20/2008 2:16PM

    This is a great new feature!! But, I'm having problems changing the order. I want my "Morning Snack" in between Breakfast and Lunch and I know it said you can change the order at the bottom of the page, but I don't see anything. Help?

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PENSKE40 3/20/2008 2:13PM

    It's great to see the SparkPeople team working so hard to keep this site 'working' for it's members!

What a great team!


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WILDMUDPUPPY 3/20/2008 2:08PM

    Wonderful! I HAVE to eat every 3 hours... this will suit me to a "T"! Thank you.

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LADYDIVA5645 3/20/2008 2:00PM

    thank you, yes this will help me a lot.

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LROD1999 3/20/2008 1:58PM

    Thank you! Thank you! I love it!

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MTNMAMA~K 3/20/2008 1:52PM

    thanks great idea . Thanks for listening!!

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SKRIFARI 3/20/2008 1:46PM

    Just for the record, you can't add "mid-morning snack" because the system rejects punctuation marks. Including that hyphen--I've tried.

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LADYARCHER3 3/20/2008 1:42PM

  Hmm, having problems (using Firefox browser, Windows PC). I was able to add new categories but am unable to put food in the categories.

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MOMMYDV8 3/20/2008 1:37PM

    Thanks so much, that's great!

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PRIESTB 3/20/2008 1:23PM

  Great idea. Thanks

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LUANN_IN_PA 3/20/2008 1:20PM

  Thanks a bunch, Dave!
That is a great improvement.

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VALERIE*130* 3/20/2008 1:12PM


Can this site get any better? SERIOUSLY

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SCAROUSEL1 3/20/2008 1:09PM


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1234MOM 3/20/2008 1:06PM

    I love the way you are so responsive to us sparkers!

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STEPHC. 3/20/2008 1:05PM

    Both my husband and I have tried adding different categories - for example - afternoon snack - evening snack - however when we click to add the category - nothing happens. Neither of us can get the link to work for us. Would appreciate any advice. If it was just one of us I would figure we are doing something wrong however neither of us can get it to work on either of our computers.
Thanks for any advice.

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KISSES1959 3/20/2008 1:04PM

    Great idea!!!! (SMILE)

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FARTLEKGIRL 3/20/2008 1:00PM


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SUNSHINE_SUZY 3/20/2008 12:55PM

    I really like this new feature but am disappointed that it won't allow me to order all my meals ("they will always show up at the bottom of your page, under the normal categories"). It makes a lot more sense to have my "mid-morning snack" between breakfast and lunch. Thanks for listening to our feedback to constantly make SparkPeople better and better!

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CAM1023 3/20/2008 12:54PM

    I had no problems adding the new category I wanted but I cant figure out how to move it. Please advise.

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GEMINI6878 3/20/2008 12:53PM

    That was the only thing that was lacking on this site. Now you know if you have eaten your 3 meals and 2 snacks. Thanks!

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RUNNINGSLOW 3/20/2008 12:51PM

    that's great!!!

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NINEOF12 3/20/2008 12:43PM

    That's pretty funny...all I can think of is we're all hobbits.
(what about elevenses?)

Right now, I can't even seem to add to my lunch, It got a "page cannot display" error trying to add to my tracker something I just put the info in for.

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