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Anyone use Cron-o-meter and Nutrition Data?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created October 23, 2010 at 2:27 PM

Does anyone know a simple way of importing all the nutrition details from ND to cron-o-meter?I really like using cron-o-meter but I often have to look up the foods I eat at the Nutrition Data website. It takes forever to type in all the amounts of each nutrient--even just from the label not to mention the micronutrients? The import export feature requires that imported info be in xml. Is there a way to put the nutrition labels and vitamins, minerals, amino acids etc. from ND in xml form, save it and then export/import it? Anyone know of another platform that allows you to select a nutrition label and import it directly? Thanks for your help! Cee

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on September 27, 2011
at 07:50 AM

I though cron-o-meter uses the most updated database, the USDA revision 23? I use it for my app as well.

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on September 27, 2011
at 07:48 AM

I don't see why you'd need more than Cron-O-Meter : all the non-processed foods are in both, I believe.

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on November 22, 2010
at 06:19 PM

Thank you Girl Gone Primal, my faith in you and humanity is restored. I will continue to read you and follow your lead. It pleased me to no end to see you use the word "bollocks". I knew after that reference that all was right in my paleo world. The Primal Granola is the "Paleo Bomb".

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on November 22, 2010
at 09:58 AM

Haha, of course Andre. Their meal plans are absolute bollocks, but they make it very easy for you to opt-out of their recommendations and change all your goal figures. "They", being the people in charge of putting content on SP, have no perceivable intelligence beyond SAD "knowledge", but "they", being the users of SP, have branched the site into a community that has niche forums for practically every way of eating and living. I started there for the nutrition tracker, stayed for the low-carb group I joined, before eventually being convinced that paleo was the way to go.

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on November 21, 2010
at 10:40 AM

I am a fan of your blog...Girl Gone Primal. Please tell me you only use the tools at SparkPeople. I just cut thru their diet recommendations for Diabetics and it could have been written either by the ADA or Hitler's Eugenics department looking to instigate the final solution on Diabetics. They trash Paleo, low carb and reason. You, I like. SparkPeople's dietary advice is what almost killed me twice. Third times the charm.

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on October 29, 2010
at 02:15 PM

Sorry about the typo. That should read "efficient".

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on October 29, 2010
at 02:14 PM

Cee, I don't have an answer, but would like to know how to make using Cron-o-meter easier, as well. I like it that it is in my computer, and not online. If you find a way to make using it more effecient, could you post a report? Thanks very much.

1f70da0b737e9c6e7679a248f4228a01

on October 29, 2010
at 10:21 AM

SparkPeople does all of those things - you can go to 'edit my nutrition goals' and set your own macro ranges and other nutrients to track. If you still can't find any way to import data into CRON, it might be worth giving SP another shot. They're very good at adding features that their users ask for. CRON, not so much.

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on October 24, 2010
at 11:26 PM

I've used both Fitday and Sparkpeople. Cron is much better for me. I'm used to it. It allows me to enter my own targets for % Protein, Carbs, and Fat and all other micronutrients plus gives a breakdown of omega 3s to omega 6s. Much easier to accommodate Paleo and IMF diets with it. I had my own personalized database of foods built up in it--took a whole lot of time but I did it. Then my computer crashed and I lost it all--have to start over. I was just looking for a quicker way to import the data from Nutrition Data and other calorie count sites that use nutrition labels into Cron.

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on October 24, 2010
at 11:15 PM

I've used fitday and spark people too. Cron is free allows import and export--I just don't know how to put the material into xml in order to import it.

3d7ede9d05c2730ead7e0876f90aad11

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on October 24, 2010
at 11:14 PM

I don't think so. ND has much more. You can type it in to Cron but I haven't figured out how to import it directly.

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on October 24, 2010
at 08:00 AM

Aren't both using the same database ?

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1f70da0b737e9c6e7679a248f4228a01

on October 24, 2010
at 08:22 AM

I have used fitday.com and CRON in the past, but the only one I continue to rely on is SparkPeople.com - in the beginning it was a great social resource as well when I was learning about low-carbing and then primal eating, and it has an amazing resource of all the usual Nutrition Data info, fast food/pre-packaged options, and will also search a massive database of user-added content if it's not in their own database. You can also save your own recipes and products, and create a favourites list for easy access. You can see a detailed nutritional breakdown of your daily intake, and they have a pretty decent iPod app as well. I can look back on 2 years of eating (except for a few gaps where I stopped tracking to test my own satiety, or was on holiday) - a very valuable reference for when I want to examine how food impacts my weight, well-being and digestion.

NB - As Andre points out, and I've noted in other comments, the SP meal plan recommendations are the usual weight-watchers-low-fat crap, pushing their users to consume fewer and fewer calories whilst encouraging the purchase of products from their cereal & packaged-meal sponsors. Blech. Just opt-out and the resources are there for you to do with which whatever you'd like.

1f70da0b737e9c6e7679a248f4228a01

on October 29, 2010
at 10:21 AM

SparkPeople does all of those things - you can go to 'edit my nutrition goals' and set your own macro ranges and other nutrients to track. If you still can't find any way to import data into CRON, it might be worth giving SP another shot. They're very good at adding features that their users ask for. CRON, not so much.

3d7ede9d05c2730ead7e0876f90aad11

(319)

on October 24, 2010
at 11:26 PM

I've used both Fitday and Sparkpeople. Cron is much better for me. I'm used to it. It allows me to enter my own targets for % Protein, Carbs, and Fat and all other micronutrients plus gives a breakdown of omega 3s to omega 6s. Much easier to accommodate Paleo and IMF diets with it. I had my own personalized database of foods built up in it--took a whole lot of time but I did it. Then my computer crashed and I lost it all--have to start over. I was just looking for a quicker way to import the data from Nutrition Data and other calorie count sites that use nutrition labels into Cron.

149af6e19a06675614dfbb6838a7d7c0

(3202)

on November 21, 2010
at 10:40 AM

I am a fan of your blog...Girl Gone Primal. Please tell me you only use the tools at SparkPeople. I just cut thru their diet recommendations for Diabetics and it could have been written either by the ADA or Hitler's Eugenics department looking to instigate the final solution on Diabetics. They trash Paleo, low carb and reason. You, I like. SparkPeople's dietary advice is what almost killed me twice. Third times the charm.

149af6e19a06675614dfbb6838a7d7c0

(3202)

on November 22, 2010
at 06:19 PM

Thank you Girl Gone Primal, my faith in you and humanity is restored. I will continue to read you and follow your lead. It pleased me to no end to see you use the word "bollocks". I knew after that reference that all was right in my paleo world. The Primal Granola is the "Paleo Bomb".

1f70da0b737e9c6e7679a248f4228a01

on November 22, 2010
at 09:58 AM

Haha, of course Andre. Their meal plans are absolute bollocks, but they make it very easy for you to opt-out of their recommendations and change all your goal figures. "They", being the people in charge of putting content on SP, have no perceivable intelligence beyond SAD "knowledge", but "they", being the users of SP, have branched the site into a community that has niche forums for practically every way of eating and living. I started there for the nutrition tracker, stayed for the low-carb group I joined, before eventually being convinced that paleo was the way to go.

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on October 24, 2010
at 06:15 AM

It would take someone with some pretty mad XML/XSLT skillz to transform ND web pages to an format your program could handle.

B0fe7b5a9a197cd293978150cbd9055f

(8938)

on September 27, 2011
at 07:50 AM

I though cron-o-meter uses the most updated database, the USDA revision 23? I use it for my app as well.

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62ed65f3596aa2f62fa1d58a0c09f8c3

(20807)

on October 23, 2010
at 06:38 PM

I just use fitday.com online. I type in the food I ate and it calculates specific nutrient intake as well as breakdown of macronutrient profile. There are other similar programs but fitday.com is one of the free ones. MIght look into these types of online programs to see if any allow export into other programs.

3d7ede9d05c2730ead7e0876f90aad11

(319)

on October 24, 2010
at 11:15 PM

I've used fitday and spark people too. Cron is free allows import and export--I just don't know how to put the material into xml in order to import it.

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