I have been doing pretty well on my without tracking my food, so I didn't know they added a food grouping tool. Thanks for the info. Going to start tracking food a few times a week just to keep myself in check since I have been eating a little too much junk. But I must be doing something right as I keep losing or maintaining each week.
I have used the recipe calculator and favorites tool in the past, and will continue to use it for new favorites and recipes. But will start using the new tool for my favorite meals as well.
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I don't usually use the meal plan, but I do look at it for inspiration on snacks sometimes. I usually only log food in when my numbers aren't behaving. It puts me back on track and gets me thinking critically about my food choices. I haven't used the food calculator yet but I do find the favourites and food groupings very useful for saving time.
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I haven't ever used the meal plans yet. In the beginning they seemed way too restrictive and boring and not really foods that I would like to eat. I have clicked the button to not show the food plans for several weeks.
However, it was really interesting, I clicked to see what my meal plan for this week would be and it seems like it has been modified to be more in keeping with the way I like to eat. I don't know if there is a computer program generating something semi unique to me or not, but it seems better than when I started.
I'm still not going to use them exactly, but it's interesting to see as a recommended reference.
The other good feature is the substitutions. That is really good for figuring what items have similar nutrients.
I'm going to keep doing my own thing, but I'm going to look at the meal plans for awhile mostly just for new ideas. I find that now that by using the favorites and food groupings, I can get through the recording pretty quickly.
For recording several items that are regularly eating together like coffee with milk and sugar, click on Add a Food and then Food Groupings and then enter a new food grouping. It's a real time saver. I also use it when I whip up a meal that's going to be eaten again as leftovers.
I'll measure/record everything I put in a dish then divided the dish into portions then enter the portion. For example if I divide the meal into 4 portions, then I put that I ate .25 a portion of that meal. It might sound complicated but it works well for me.
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I don't use the provided menus as I have a wheat sensitivity and a preference to avoid soy and artificial sweeteners. I have discovered how to group foods I commonly eat together (my morning cereal, granola, blueberries, and skim milk) so thats one click for that, and my morning espresso, which is 3 ingredients also (I count the coffee in it as one regular cup) and I even took the trouble to figure out the portions for my homemade pancakes (spelt flour) which was a pain but well worth it.
I love it :) There is even a recipe calculator I found on the site! It's where you submit a recipe, which I will do with my pancakes and a great salad I've concocted. I just have to figure out how much of each thing I throw in lol.
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I started out trying to use the meal tools. But, I found that when Istuck to them. Ate everything on them, and nothing else. I was eating too few calories than my min. requirements. So, I decided to create my own menus. And keep my calorie allowance in mind.
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I use my own menus, based upon my calorie budgets I established for my meals and snacks, as well as personal taste, preferences, what's available seasonally, and what needs to be used up in the freezer!
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