When entering food in the Nutrition Tracker, use the Food Search option and click on food shared by other members. Whatever the food, whatever the brand, you will almost always find that someone else has already entered this item. Once you find the food you are looking for, enter it into your favorites.
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each time you track a food make sure you clikc the my favorites key, overtime you will find foods that you normally eat. Then when you track the food for the day use the myfavorites, it is much faster than looking each food up each day.
Overtime you will have most of the foods entered into your favorites and it is much faster in using the nutrition tracker.
I use the Nutrition Tracker for more than just adding food items. Using manual entry (see below), I enter phrases to help clarify my eating for the day. For example, I've added: 1. Slept through mealtime 2. Couldn't eat 3. Forgot to eat (and) 4. Didn't eat though knew I should
I put the phrase in the "Name Your New Food" space; enter 1 serving, and zeros for the calories & grams. I also add it to my Favorites list, so it's easy to find. Make up phrases to fit your own needs!
To enter your own "food" on the Nutrition Tracker (i.e. to do a manual entry), go to the Nutrition Tracker and click on "Add a Food." Then click on "Enter a Food Not Listed," which is on the top right side of that window.
Use the nutrition tracker - even on days that you go over. The nutrition tracker has helped keep me motivated, and helps with meal planning. Each night, I prepare my foods for work the next day and go ahead and enter them into the tracker. I can then plan a healthy dinner based on the totals.
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