Food Log

 

At a Glance

 

The Food Log is where you record all your meals (and vitamin and mineral supplements), so DietPower can analyze your nutrients, recommend foods, and adjust your calorie budget to keep you tracking toward your goal. It also brings you daily health news.

 

The Food Log is a lot easier to use than it looks. To learn it:

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With a little experience, logging a day's meals should take no more than three to seven minutes. Tips.

 


 

If your Food Log doesn't display properly, click here.

 


 

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In Detail

 

To open the Food Log:

 

From your Home Screen:

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Layout of the Screen

 

The Food Log dialog has two main areas:

  1. On top, the dictionary window. It shows all the foods that are available for logging. By clicking radio buttons, you can choose from three different lists:

  1. On the bottom, the log window. This is where you record all the foods you've eaten today.

*You can change this period in Miscellaneous Options.

 

Got Display Problems?

 

 

If the News and Scoreboard panel on the left side of your Food Log appears truncated (example above), it's because your Dots Per Inch (DPIsometimes called "font size") setting in Windows is too high. The Food Log is designed to work at a DPI setting of 96. Some users find that they can see all the information in the panel at DPI settings as high as 110, however.

 

To change your DPI setting:

 

In Windows XP:

    1. Right-click on the Desktop.

    2. Select "Properties."

    3. Click the "Settings" tab.

    4. Click the "Advanced" button.

In Windows Vista:

    1. Right-click on the Desktop.

    2. Select "Personalize."

    3. Select "Adjust font size (DPI)."

In Windows 7:

    1. Right-click on the Desktop.

    2. Select "Personalize."

    3. Select "Display."

    4. Select "Set Custom Text Size (DPI)."

NOTE: Your new DPI setting will affect all of your Windows programs. Unfortunately, there is no way to make it apply only to DietPower. If you have vision problems, after changing your DPI setting you might experiment with your Windows display resolution. To adjust your display resolution, click Start > Control Panel > Display >Settings >Screen Resolution.

 

User-Added Food and Recipe Symbols

 

Items that you (or other users of your computer) have added to the dictionary are marked with special symbols:

 

 indicates a user-added food.

 

 indicates a user-added recipe.

 

Foods without these symbols are DietPower originals.

 

How to Log a Food

 

First, find it in either the Dictionary, the Recent, or the Favorites window. Then copy it into the bottom window.

 

When to Log Foods

 

Obviously, your log will be more accurate if you enter everything you eat as soon as possible after eating, while your memory is fresh. Better yet, people on weight-loss diets often log before meals, to avoid accidentally exceeding their calorie budget.

 

Forgot to log a food last night? Even if an oversight happened days ago, you can correct it (assuming that your log for that date hasn't been purged) by temporarily changing your working date. To do that without leaving the Food Log, click the date-selector button in the log's lower-left corner.

 

If you record snacks after midnight without having closed DietPower and logged on again, the snacks will count as "today's" intake. There is no need to correct such an oversightin fact, any food that will influence tomorrow's weight entry should be logged before you weigh in.

 

If you leave your computer on all night with DietPower still running, you won't be able to log the next morning's breakfast under the new date unless you first exit from DietPower and restart the program. Reason: DietPower checks the clock in your computer only during startup, and whatever date it finds at that moment remains "today" as long as you keep the program running.

 

Skipping Days

 

If you want to skip a day of logging, you can. When you leave your log blank for a day, DietPower assumes that your intake was the same as your average for the previous 30 days (or the period since your enrollment if you haven't used the program that long), plus or minus one-fifth of the percentage of your weight gain or loss during the "silent" day.  

 

Caution: If you log even one food, DietPower will assume that your log for that day is complete, and won't make the assumptions described above. Hence, if you reach the end of a day with only a few foods in your log and don't want to bother logging the rest, make sure you delete those you have logged. (Use the Clear button.)

 

For more detailed information, see Skipped Days.

 

To find the food you want to log...

 

...don't scroll the list. It's much faster to use Smart Search:

  1. Make sure the search method at upper-right is set to "Smart Search," not Incremental, Keyword, or Category Search.
     

  2. Click the New Search button.
     

  3. Type in two or three keywords describing the food.
     

  4. Press Enter on your keyboard. A list of foods containing your keywords will appear in the Dictionary window.

(To try other search methods, click the image\diet0046.gif button in the upper-right corner of the Food Log. Read Dictionaries, Searching the for details.)

 

In the "All Foods" list:

Can't find a food?

  1. Are your sure your Food Dictionary includes all of DietPower's food sets? See Food Dictionary, Abridging and Unabridging.
     

  2. Try alternative names or spellings.
     

  3. Try fewer keywords.
     

  4. If you still can't find the food, you can add it to the Dictionary by keying in facts from the label. See below.

 

To get real-time nutrition coaching:

  1. Watch the "Now?" column. The numbers there show how each food will change your Nutrition Quotient (NQ):

  1. Watch the Advice Line, in the Scoreboard under your NQ. The Advice Line tells which nutrients to seek or shun* for easiest improvement. (To find foods that are rich in a particular nutrient, use the Food Coach or PowerFoods.)

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"What good is telling me to shun a nutrient if I've already gotten too much?" you might ask. In fact, the Advice Line doesn't work that way. It's based on your projected intake. "Get less zinc" means you'll get too much if you're not careful for the rest of the day. It doesn't mean you've already had too much.

 

Caution

 

Don't misinterpret the red and green numbers in the Food Log's "NQ+-" column. A red (negative) number beside a food doesn't mean the food is always bad for you. Nor does a green (positive) number mean the food is always good for you. The numbers indicate how much your Nutrition Quotient will rise or fall if you eat that food now. The numbers also change every time you log a food, because eating a food alters your nutrient balance, thereby changing the likely impact of any food that you eat next. In other words, a) your NQ is a moving target, and b) the numbers in the NQ+- column do not rate the foods themselves, but predict their effect on your overall nutrient balance.

 

"Eat Your Greens"

 

Thanks to DietPower's color-coding, if you simply log  green foods  and avoid gray foods, you will continually improve your Nutrition Quotient.

 

Sorting Foods

 

You can sort foods in the Dictionary window alphabetically by description or numerically by Now? number or calorie content. To do so, just click the Now?, Description, or CALORIES button.

 

To log a food...

 

...first, make sure the food your want to log is highlighted. If it isn't, click it. Now you're ready to copy it into the Log window.

 

There are two ways to log. Logging with the left mouse button or the Enter key is better if you're logging after eating the food, because it's faster. Logging with the right mouse button is better if you're "shopping" for a food before eating, because it previews the food's nutrient content and Key Ratio.

 

Log with the left mouse button or the Enter key...

  1. Either double-click the highlighted food or press Enter. The Portion Editor will appear, ready for you to specify how large a serving you want to log.
     

  2. In the "I'm logging" block of the Portion Editor, enter the amount to be logged. (You can enter it as a fraction or a decimal, using either the numeric keypad or the traditional number keys. You can also do simple math in the Portion Editor. See Portion Editor.)
     

  3. Click OK or press the Enter key. The Portion Editor will vanish and the food will be added to the log. You will also see the food reflected in the "Eaten" column of the Calorie Tally.

...or log with the right mouse button:

  1. Point to the item you're thinking of logging, and hold down the right button. The copy symbolimage\diet0048.gifwill appear, along with a "mini-profile" (shown in pink, above) indicating the item's nutrient profile and Key Ratio. (The window is color-coded. It will be pink if more than 35 percent of the item's calories come from fat, yellow for a percentage between 15 and 35, green for a percentage less than 15.)
     

  2. If you're not satisfied with the nutrient profile or Key Ratio and want to log another food instead, release the mouse button, point to a different item, and hold down the right button again.
     

  3. When you've found the food you want, drag it down into the log and release the button. The Portion Editor will appear.
     

  4. In the "I'm logging" block of the Portion Editor, enter the amount of the food to be logged, using either the numeric keypad or the traditional number keys. (As noted above, you can do simple math in the Portion Editor, using either decimals or fractions. See Portion Editor.)
     

  5. Click OK or press the Enter key. The Portion Editor will disappear and the food will be added to the log, as well as to the Calorie Tally.

To change the amount of a food you've already logged:

  1. Either double-click the entry you logged earlier or highlight it (by clicking) and press Enter. The Portion Editor will open.
     

  2. Type a new serving size over the old.
     

  3. Click OK or press the Enter key. The Portion Editor will disappear and the serving size will be updated in both the log and the Calorie Tally.

To delete an item from the log:

  1. Click the item, to highlight it.
     

  2. Press the Delete key. When DietPower asks you to confirm the deletion, click Yes. The item will disappear from the log and the Calorie Tally.

To copy items into your Favorites list:

 

Using the left mouse button:

  1. In either the Dictionary (top) window or the log itself (bottom window), point to the item you want to copy and hold down the left mouse button. A copy symbolimage\diet0048.gifwill appear.
     

  2. Drag the copy symbol onto the Favorites radio button.
     

  3. Release the mouse button. The Portion Editor will appear.
     

  4. Fill in your usual serving size for the food. (You will always have the opportunity to change the serving when actually logging the food.)
     

  5. Click OK or press the Enter key. DietPower will add the item to the Favorites list.

Using the right mouse button:

 

Do the same as above. The only difference is that the food's nutrient profile will appear along with the image\diet0048.gif symbol.

 

Using the keyboard:

  1. In either the Dictionary (top) window or the log itself (bottom window), click once on the item you want to copy, to highlight it.
     

  2. Press Shift+Enter. The Portion Editor will appear.
     

  3. Fill in your usual serving size for the food. (You will always have the opportunity to change the serving when actually logging the food.)
     

  4. Press Enter or click the OK button. DietPower will add the item to the Favorites list.

To change the serving size listed for a Favorite...

 

...re-list the same food in the Favorites window, following the steps above. Then delete the old listing (see below). Or, if you sometimes eat one serving and sometimes the other, keep both on your list.

 

To delete an item from the Favorites list:

  1. Highlight the item, by clicking it.
     

  2. Press the Delete key. When DietPower asks you to confirm the deletion, click Yes. The item will disappear from the list.

To log a food or recipe from the Recent list or the Favorites list...

 

...follow the same procedure used in logging items from the All Foods list. (See "To log the food," above.)

 

To create a food that you can't find in the dictionary:

 

If you have nutrition facts from the label, you can click the Create a Food tab and add the item to the dictionary and the log simultaneously. For instructions, see Food Dictionary, Adding Foods to. (If the food is a brand-name item with a generic counterpart already in the dictionary, however, you may be wasting your time. Details.)

 

To log your vitamin and mineral supplements:

 

A nutritional supplement is just like a food: you can add it to the dictionary by keying in the nutrition facts from the label. (See the preceding paragraph.)

 

To edit a food you've already created in the dictionary:

 

You can't do this from within the Food Log. Instead:

  1. Close the Food Log.
     

  2. Open the Food Dictionary by clicking the button at the top of your Home Screen.
     

  3. Find the food you want to edit.
     

  4. Select the food by single-clicking its name. An Edit This Food tab will appear at the top of the dialog.
     

  5. Click the Edit This Food tab.
     

  6. Edit the food's description, serving size, and nutrient levels as you wish.
     

  7. Click the Revise as Shown button.
     

  8. Close the Food Dictionary and reopen the Food Log if you wish to continue logging.  

To change your log for a past date...

 

...use the date selector in the lower-left corner of the log.

 

To monitor your Calorie Tally...

 

...look at the bottom window in the Data Panel on the left side of your screen. Each time you add, delete, or adjust the quantity of a food in the log, you'll see a change in the "Eaten" and "Remaining" columns. These indicate the number of calories you've consumed today and the number still left in the day's budget.

 

To monitor other nutrients as you log foods...

 

...click the buttons to the right of the CALORIES header and choose the nutrients you want to watch.

 

To check your Calorie Bank...

 

...look at "In Calorie Bank" at the bottom of the Data Panel or, if you want details, click the tab labeled "Calorie Bank."

 

To check your nutrient intake for the day...

 

...click the tab labeled "Nutrient Summary."

 

To print any day's Food Log...

 

...open the log and click its Print button. The printout will also include the day's Exercise Log and (if you request them) calendar notes.

 

To erase all the foods in a day's log...

 

...click the Clear button.

 

To see a Food Log tutorial...

 

...click the button at the bottom of the Food Log.

 

To close the Food Log:

 

If you want to save your work, click OK. DietPower will take you back to the Home Screen. (It will first give you an alert if your WaterMinder™ is turned on and your water intake is behind schedule. After reading the alert, click OK to finish closing the log.)

 

If you'd rather discard the work, click Cancel or press the Escape key. After asking you to confirm your decision, DietPower will return you to the Home Screen.

 

(Note: If the OK and Cancel buttons are not visible, see Taskbar, Hiding to Make Screens Deeper.)

 


 

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Last Modified: 1/21/11