CREATE FOOD


Sometimes it is easier or more accurate to create your own food entries. Members use this to create custom food entries for products that don’t scan or they track differently than the entries listed in the Results.


For instance, if you wanted to track a food item by the oz or gram, instead of the "servings" listing - you could create a NEW FOOD entry to do just that.


You can open the CREATE FOOD screen in several places.


APPLE: Use the pencil icon in the top right or the CREATE FOOD button at the bottom of any food search screen.





ANDROID: Use the pencil icon at the top of the food search screen.





HOW TO CREATE A FOOD





NAME: How do you want this item to appear in your listings? You can even add emojis to the name if you like. Not sure how? Use THIS ARTICLE to learn more about using emojis.


DESCRIPTION: Add any additional information like brand name or serving you want to display in your search.


SERVING SIZE: Choose from 30 options for how to measure your item.


NUTRITION INFORMATION: If you are tracking calories or macros as a secondary metric - it is important that you fill out ALL the information for accuracy.





QUICK ADD


On IOS only: This screen gives you another option for quickly tracking foods similar to the CALCULATOR. It is found at the bottom of any food search screen.



NAME: Fill in as you would like it to appear in your list.


NUTRITIONAL DATA: This section will be specific to the plan you have chosen in your profile. 


BITES: will be generated based on the information given.


DATE: What day do you want to track this item too? 


MEAL: What meal do you want it to be set to as a default? You can change this at any time.




 ADDING KNOWN BITES VALUE


If you want to quickly add the BITES for an item or meal that you already know the BITES value of, you can do a quick add through Create A Food. From your Tracker, tap the Add ("+") button located on the bottom of your tracking screen, select Food, then the pencil icon in the corner on the results tab  This will take you to Create Food.



For APPLE DEVICES:



Enter a name for your food. Enter in the number of calories under Nutritional Information. Scroll down and enter in the number of BITES in the OVERRIDE BITES VALUES section. Tap SAVE, then save again, then tap Track.




FOR ANDROID DEVICES:



Enter a name for your food. On the third line down where it states your weight loss plan, enter the BITES value. Tap SAVE, then save again, then tap Track.







EDITING FOOD ITEMS


Sometimes as ingredients, serving sizes or packaging changes, nutritional values are affected. When this happens, manufacturers are not required to report those changes and databases can easily have incorrect information.


This is why we highly recommend comparing the nutritional data that comes up against the item for ensured accuracy.


But what do you do if it is wrong? Previously you had to create an entirely new item but now you can edit results directly from items you scan or find in the FOOD SEARCH databases.


It took me awhile to find one that scanned incorrectly but this is a good example. Entries can be off on just serving sizes, Calories, or even the entire label. 


Looking at the Nutritional Label, you see it says 4 sticks, 160 calories, 13g fat, <1g sugar.  Upon scanning, it says 4 sticks, 150 calories, 11g fat, 0.5g sugar. We need to edit this so it is correct. 





Editing has become super simple. Tap the [•••] in the top right corner and it will give you an option to EDIT the item.


EDITING an item will create a new entry in MY FOODS with the corrected information. You can edit everything about the item.

  • NAME: How do you want this item to appear in your listings? You can even add emojis to the name if you like. 
  • DESCRIPTION: Add any additional information like brand name or serving you want to display in your search.
  • SERVING SIZE: Choose from 30 options for how to measure your item. If you are changing from say cups to grams - make sure you know the equivalent measure. This is normally noted on the product itself - for instance this item 2tbsp = 31g
  • NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION: If you are tracking calories or macros as a secondary metric - it is important that you fill out ALL the information for accuracy.
  • ADD TO FAVORITES: Tap the star in the top right corner.



You can now see where the entry is fixed to match the label. Make sure to tap the star to save to your Favorites so you can find it later when needed.