Food Dictionary, Abridging and Unabridging


If you have a slow computer and want to hasten your startups and food searches, you can abridge Diet Power's dictionary to 3000 common foods. You can also suppress foods or recipes added to the dictionary by users of your copy of Diet Power, foods from chain restaurants, and dictionary entries that are actually name variants of the same food.


If you care more about selection than speed, however, you can load all 11,000 foods and their 10,000 name variants.


The tool for telling Diet Power which items to load is the Dictionary Abridger.


To open the Dictionary Abridger:


From your Home Screen:

  1. Open the Food Menu (by clicking the word Food).

  2. Click "Dictionary Abridger." A dialog will pop up, listing the different food sets and asking whether you want to include name variants.

To abridge or unabridge the dictionary...


...check the box beside each choice you want, and uncheck all the others. Here are brief descriptions of the choices:

If only a few of your favorites are rare foods...


...and you don't want to load the entire rare-food database, here's a trick many dieters use:

  1. Print the nutrient profile of each rare-food favorite.

  2. Abridge the dictionary so it won't load the rare foods.

  3. Put each favorite back into the dictionary by hand, using the dictionary's Create-a-Food tab and copying the nutrient values from the printout.

This will make your rare favorites part of the user-added-foods set, which loads faster than the rare-foods set because it is smaller.


To leave the Dictionary Abridger:


If you want to save your work, click OK or press the Enter key. Diet Power will reassemble the dictionary according to your orders, then take you back to the Home Screen.


If you want to leave the dictionary as it was, click Cancel or press the Escape key. Before returning you to the Home Screen, Diet Power will restore the check boxes to the condition they were in when you opened the Abridger.



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Last Modified: 6/30/07