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Tracking. But not calories

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created May 10, 2011 at 10:51 PM

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?

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on May 11, 2011
at 05:33 PM

THanks everyone so far! Nothing quite fits my needs yet :( Funny how so many of them are very clunky. I also really wish there was something that wasn't about losing weight but maintaining health and wellness. Ah well.

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on May 11, 2011
at 11:36 AM

Heh. That's funny. For me, the lower I go in carbs, the better my mood. At ZC, I'm now off all antidepressants, which is not remotely the case at VLC.

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on May 11, 2011
at 02:19 AM

Fitday also has a journal page you can choose your mood from!

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on May 11, 2011
at 12:32 AM

I'm with you. Although I'm way past the whole fat-adapting phases of initial carbohydrate-restriction I will still admit that on my higher carb meals around lifting I have a better general mental and emotional state.

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1ec4e7ca085b7f8d5821529653e1e35a

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on May 10, 2011
at 11:29 PM

Fitday does a good job of tracking both nutrients and calories. The website gives you what % of RDA you are gettin of a large amount of micronutrients.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on May 11, 2011
at 05:33 PM

THanks everyone so far! Nothing quite fits my needs yet :( Funny how so many of them are very clunky. I also really wish there was something that wasn't about losing weight but maintaining health and wellness. Ah well.

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

(18701)

on May 11, 2011
at 02:19 AM

Fitday also has a journal page you can choose your mood from!

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on June 29, 2013
at 12:54 PM

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.

Good luck!

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on February 29, 2012
at 03:29 PM

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.

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on February 29, 2012
at 03:17 PM

Check out SlimKicker.com. They have your typical calorie tracker but also challenges related to emotional mastery where you can track/journal your daily moods.

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on May 11, 2011
at 01:26 AM

I like using MyNetDiary. Tracks nutrients, weight, exercise and I think you can add mood notes.

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on May 11, 2011
at 01:16 AM

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?

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100fd85230060e754fc13394eee6d6f1

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on May 10, 2011
at 11:47 PM

For moods, I recommend tracking total carbohydrates, just because it makes such a huge difference for me. I also use fitday, but it's not necessarily complete.

100fd85230060e754fc13394eee6d6f1

(18696)

on May 11, 2011
at 11:36 AM

Heh. That's funny. For me, the lower I go in carbs, the better my mood. At ZC, I'm now off all antidepressants, which is not remotely the case at VLC.

667f6c030b0245d71d8ef50c72b097dc

(15976)

on May 11, 2011
at 12:32 AM

I'm with you. Although I'm way past the whole fat-adapting phases of initial carbohydrate-restriction I will still admit that on my higher carb meals around lifting I have a better general mental and emotional state.

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