Just thought I’d share a site I’ve been using to track my daily food intake and exercise.  The Daily Plate.  I think I’m in love.   Truth be told, I signed up for TDP a year ago and quickly fell off the wagon, then forgot all about it.  I came across it again doing a nutrition label search for a food item and discovered that my account was still active. 

The Daily Plate has a huge database of food entries, including many brand names and restaurant menu items.  They use the wiki approach, so anyone can enter information into the database (it has to be approved by the moderators).  This does, however, present certain problems.  If the title to an entry is slightly different, it makes a new entry, so there are many duplicates.  Also, I’ve discovered that there can be differences in the nutrition labels of brand names depending on the region of the US the item is sold.  If you have your label in front of you, you can easily choose the correct one, or a different brand with identical information.  That one little drawback is still easier to deal with than entering many custom items into a food diary, which is what some online nutrition software requires. 

You can also save meals to your “plate.”  Remember That Cake?  For grins and giggles (and shear shock value) I added all of my ingredients for it to my meals folder and learned that it contains 6,280 calories, 432g of fat, 586g of total carbohydrates, and assorted other stats that would curl your hair.  That was for the whole cake.  But I was able to add a serving as 1/16 of the cake (which TDP rounded to .06333…), and TDP gave me the stats on just one slice: 373 calories, 27 g fat, 37 total carbs.  That’s a little easier to swallow.  Literally.  I’ve also just discovered tonight, that I can add recipes to the main database and TDP will determine the nutritional value of the recipe per serving. 

The Daily Plate also has an extensive database of exercises/activities, and can determine how many calories you burn in a period of time based on your weight.  There are also charts and graphs that make all of this fun for a chart/graph lovin’ chick like me. 😉

AND……..the vast majority of the features at TDP are free.   There are also discussion boards and groups you can join, if you’re looking for support from people following your way of eating, or in your particular circumstances.  I haven’t joined any because I’m already on the boards at Protein Power and the last thing I need in my life is another group/discussion board.  

Go….click the link above or the button to the right and go see what you’re eating.  Me?  I gotta go log a cheesestick. 😉