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    I just started (yesterday) to use fitday.com to keep track of what I eat and get some idea of the nutrient content of the things I eat on a daily basis. Now I have first hand experience with the problems that come with calorie and nutrient counting: it's a pain in the ass, it takes a lot of time, and it probably isn't accurate. Nevertheless, now I'm spending a lot more time thinking about what I eat, so I'm curious about exactly what the nutrient content is in what I usually eat.

    What's really a pain is recipes. I use sparkrecipes to calculate the nutrient content of each serving of a recipe and then I have to enter that into fitday. Does anyone else do this? Is there a better way?

    Despite the big plate of swiss chard I had for dinner, according to fitday, I'm still below the RDA in a lot of micronutrients. I should average over a whole week...

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    Oysters, eggs, liver, bacon (for thiamine) and seaweed will kick those numbers in the nuts. And for vitamin C, rose hips and sauerkraut are the bomb.
    Crohn's, doing SCD

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    • #3
      Originally posted by Knifegill View Post
      And for vitamin C, rose hips and sauerkraut are the bomb.
      Strawberries and oranges are not bad either (quite more than sauerkraut)

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Knifegill View Post
        And for vitamin C, rose hips and sauerkraut are the bomb.
        Strawberries and oranges are not bad either (quite more than sauerkraut)

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        • #5
          At some point take into account though that the RDA isn't really based on anything.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by KimchiNinja View Post
            At some point take into account though that the RDA isn't really based on anything.
            Indeedly, I think someone computed the most strategic intake to hit it without supplements/fortification would be something like 5,500 calories.
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            • #7
              Originally posted by KimchiNinja View Post
              At some point take into account though that the RDA isn't really based on anything.
              How true. I started learning this with Vit. D. The RDA is about 15 - 100. Now there's a range for you. So I started googling and learned a lot of interesting facts. Ultimately I found that the Optimal Range is 80 - 90. That's a whale of a difference. Some researchers are now using that term - Optimal Range. At least it's some improvement.
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              • #8
                Originally posted by mike View Post
                I just started (yesterday) to use fitday.com to keep track of what I eat and get some idea of the nutrient content of the things I eat on a daily basis. Now I have first hand experience with the problems that come with calorie and nutrient counting: it's a pain in the ass, it takes a lot of time, and it probably isn't accurate. Nevertheless, now I'm spending a lot more time thinking about what I eat, so I'm curious about exactly what the nutrient content is in what I usually eat.

                What's really a pain is recipes. I use sparkrecipes to calculate the nutrient content of each serving of a recipe and then I have to enter that into fitday. Does anyone else do this? Is there a better way?

                Despite the big plate of swiss chard I had for dinner, according to fitday, I'm still below the RDA in a lot of micronutrients. I should average over a whole week...
                SparkRecipes is linked with the SparkPeople site so, if you do your calorie counting on SparkPeople your recipes can follow you without having to be re-entered.

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                • #9
                  RDI is actually mostly OK, except for the fat soluble vitamins and protein.
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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by mike View Post
                    What's really a pain is recipes. I use sparkrecipes to calculate the nutrient content of each serving of a recipe and then I have to enter that into fitday. Does anyone else do this? Is there a better way?
                    Instead of calculating nutrient content of each serving of a recipe try it the other way around: record actual ingredients in the serving size you eat. I find it much easier and it helps me track what I actually eat instead of micro or macro nutrients. I use fatsecret.com

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                    • #11
                      Strawberries and oranges are not bad either
                      Not for IBS.
                      Crohn's, doing SCD

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                      • #12
                        I just found paleotrack and I like it much better than fitday and sparkpeople. It automatically shows me my potassium/sodium ratio which seems to be low and that's what I'm trying to improve.

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                        • #13
                          +1 for paleotrack. You can add custom foods and recipes and it calculates data for one serving. It also shows omega 3:6 ratio, fiber etc. And no red warnings that you overate fat
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