I realize that some people don't look at nutrition data at all, and that is wonderful, but I find that I do better when I check a few times a week to see how well I am eating. I have used Fit Day in the past but it seems so slow and cumbersome. I tried a snazzy-looking website called caloriecount.com which has a handy iPhone app, but it gives you grades (like an F for butter) that I didn't agree with so that site was too irritating.
Does anybody have different nutrition tracking product to recommend and why?
I used Fitday for four years and their food database is just lacking to me. They are great people though and the guy that runs the site actually got me in two magazine articles about weight loss.
I moved to Livestrong last year because it allows me to have "friends" and we can see each other's food logs. The food database there is a wiki though, so you have to be super careful to pick the right foods. Their app is slow, I use it on my regular computer.
For iPhone and iPod Touch users, Tap & Track is a great app and easier to use than Fitday. You can set macronutrient goals, track weight, enter custom foods, etc. The food database is better than Fitday's in my opinion.
I use DailyBurn and I really like it. The database is huge and updated by users so it's always growing. The goal meters, charts and reports provide great information and the rest of the site (workouts, motivators, groups and discussions) are pretty good too. They even have a few groups dedicated to paleo and primal.
After using fitday for a while, I gave up on it, mainly because I couldn't do recipes. I tried out livestrong and dailyburn for a week each, and have been using dailyburn since. It just suited me better.
I have a Droid smartphone and use the Sparkpeople app and Sparkpeople.com (all free) to track my weight (provides a nice little graph over time), and have used it in the past to track my food intake with decent results. The only caveat is that the foods listed are a wiki, like Livestrong, so you need to have a general idea of what you're consuming anyway lest you accidentally chose an inaccurate nutrition profile out of the list of possible choices. You can also chose your favorite meals and foods, and create food listings of your own.
My favorite feature within Sparkpeople is that you can customize your desired daily goal macronutrient ratios within the free membership (protein/carbs/fat), which is something that it looks like Livestrong won't let you do unless you pony up the $45 for annual gold membership. You CAN see your ratios consumed that day in Livestrong; you just can't change your desired goal ratios for a basis of comparison, so within a free membership Livestrong analyzes your macronutrient intake against the standard 2000 calorie USDA recommendations.
I haven't seen http://www.loseit.com represented yet. It's nice because it's got an iPhone app as well. Has tons of foods, restaurant and store brands, but entering custom foods is easy as well. There's also a vibrant "friends" community, unfortunately there's rampant SAD/CW misinformation throughout their forums (OMG keep your carbs up! OMG lookout for "starvation mode" etc). I've seen a few other paleo/primal folk in there, though - and I've already converted one of my real-life friends who's also on loseit.com :)