How to use PhotoCalorie

Adding Foods to Your Journal:
How To Search for Foods
Our Portion Sizes
Using Portion size examples to improve your search accuracy
Search Tips
Charts & Goals
Sharing Your Journal With Others

From an iPhone:
Adding Food To Your journal
Entering food into journal you have eaten in the past
Charts & Goals
Editing nutrition information

At a Glance

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How To Search For Foods

All foods in our database are standardized to one serving of their respective food categories (See Portion Size page).  Therefore, if you search for something, like “chicken breast”, you will get the nutrition for one serving of meat, which is 3 ounces.

You can get nutrition information for multiple foods with one search:
Enter as many foods as you’d like. Separate each food, topping, or sauce, by commas.

Multiply by number of servings to include serving sizes in search query:
All our foods are standardized to single portions specific to that food type. (See our Portion Size page).

“Grilled chicken breast*2″ means 2 servings of chicken, or 6 ounces. “Apple juice*1.5″means 1.5 cups of juice.

Improving Search Accuracy with Portion Size Examples

Your hand can be an excellent tool to estimate how many servings you are eating.
Clicking the “Show Example Serving Sizes” displays this cheat sheet you can use to figure out what you ate.

Each photo demonstrates how large one serving of each food looks like. If you think you ate twice as much, multiply your food by 2. If you ate half, multiply by 0.5.

Search Tips

Select the “Show Tips” button to search more effectively.

Some other tips to help improve your search:

  • If eating a brand name food (i.e. Starbucks coffee) or from a restaurant chain (i.e. Chipotle), include the brand name in the search.

  • If the restaurant has varying sizes of dishes, enter small, medium, large, etc. (mostly applies to drinks, smoothies, french fries,  etc.)

  • When eating a food you have previously eaten, add it to your journal with 1 click from the  ”Foods” tab.

  • Nutrient Charts

    1. Select the “Charts” tab from the top of your screen.

    2. A chart of your nutrient intake over time will appear. The blue peaks represent your intake for each day, while the red area is your goal for that nutrient. Hovering over a peak will display the amount consumed for the day in the top right corner of the chart.

    3. You can zoom in to view a certain date range by selecting the vertical black bar below the chart on either side. Sliding the bar will adjust how many days you see. You can also select the drop down menu above the graph to change the nutrient you are viewing.

    Sharing Your Journal with Others

    1. Select the “more” tab from the top of your screen.

    2. Select “Edit Profile

    3. Check the “Allow Journal Sharing Box“, then click the “Save Profile” button.

    4. A hyperlink will be created. This is the link to a read-only version of your food journal. You can e-mail it to your dietitian, doctor or friend.

    From an iPhone:

    Entering food into Journal

    1. Press the camera button in the upper right hand corner, and snap a picture of your food.

    2. If you like this picture, press “use.” Otherwise press “retake.

    3. Select item entitled “Click to enter food description…

    4. Type in what you ate, with food items separated by commas. Multiply Foods by number of serving sizes (See Portion Sizes page for more on this). Then select “Update.”

    5. The nutrition is displayed on the page, stored in your Journal at the current date and time, and in your My Foods for faster entry in the future.

    Entering a food into journal you have eaten in the past:

    1. Click on “My Foods”.

    2. My Foods shows a list of the foods you have eaten in the past, and how long ago you ate it.

    3. Select the food you ate. It will add it to your journal at the current date and time.

    Nutrient Charts

    1. To see a chart of your nutrient intake over time, select “Charts” from the top of the screen

    2. A chart will appear with your daily nutrient consumption represented by blue peaks, and your goal for that nutrient with a red line.

    Selecting a peak will display the calories or amount of nutrient consumed that day. To view another nutrient, select the drop down menu above the graph. By default, calories are displayed.

    Editing Nutrition Information

    1. Select food to edit

    2. Can edit the description and re-search or edit the nutrition information manually if you think it is incorrect

    3. Manually edit any of the nutrients by selecting the number box

    4. Select the Save Nutrients button. Note: Changing these values will cause all other foods in your journal that share this description to change as well

    5. Select the Recalculate nutrition button to reset the nutrition to the initial value PhotoCalorie found

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