I'm not interested in tracking calories but tracking my overall nutritional intake including moods to understand how my nutrition is impacting my overall health and mental health too. I want to get all meta and sheyat :) I'm doing this on a Google doc but do any of you have a suggestion for a tool that you are currently using or have used?
I've been using Cron-O-Meter a bit. It has pretty complete nutritional info, and a notes section, which is useful. I think the interface kind of sucks though, it's clunky, and the food listings are not intuitive, or very complete, imo. It is a downloadable program, which I find has both pros and cons. I've dabbled with some other trackers, but mostly the data breakdown doesn't cut it.
Anyone have an iphone app they love?
I use sparkpeople.com. I used to use fitday.com. I like spark people because it also has sparkrecipes.com where I can put in a recipe I made and get the nutritional info and it is available for me to track. Before I knew about sparkpeople I was putting the recipe into sparkrecipes and then transferring the nutritional info into a custom food at fitday. Tracking at sparkpeople makes things easier. Also, although it is very focused on weight loss, there is a big communtiy there and I am already creating relationships with other people. I find this motivating. sparkpeople adds up the calories, but everything does. Just try to ignore the calories if you don't care.
I have used Livestrong.com/myplate and sparkpeople.com for the same purpose. I'm not interested in counting calories and getting super anal about it, but I want to know what percentages are coming from fat/carb/protein so I can tweak accordingly.
Various features I've found helpful.
Both allow you to export nutritional data to Excel. I think this is a value-add because you can track over time. Plus, most folks probably eat 10-20 foods in general, so you could make your own database in Excel and not depend on Livestrong or sparkpeople in the future (if you are an Excel master, that is!) Livestrong's export gives you more nutrients to export, while Sparkpeople just gives you calories, carbs, fat, protein (i.e. not minerals or vitamins)
Sparkpeople let's you see specific nutrient goals, like 80-100 grams of protein or 150 carbs max. With Livestrong, you have to pay for this feature
Both give you a pie chart to see what percentage of your calories come from which macronutrients (fat, carb, protein)
Both have a 'food diary' (Livestrong) or 'notes' (sparkpeople) where you can put your mood for the day. I didn't see an option to export those notes, but that would be helpful (again, you could do this in Excel with the database you create).
Both have pretty clunky interfaces...read: lots of ads!
Based on the above information, I think I would stick with Livestrong so I could eventually create just an Excel database, but that's just my two cents.
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