Tool for meal tracking
Tracking meals in a text box is hard. Have a tool which lists common food (and various nutritional properties fat, calories, etc.) that you can easily check off things you had. Then graph / report aggregate data (e.g. "you had about 43g of fat, and 2400 calories based on x")
I track my meals elsewhere and just put in the Health Month box "tracked on X site"
Kristen Bornemann commented
I would love this to track my glasses of water as well.
i use calorieking.com for this - they have a mobile version and it is very unusual for them not to have foods in their diary whether it is standard ingredients, prepared foods, or restaurant foods. it also gives you net calories after exercise..
Umm, as long as you're still requirements gathering...
The best /free/ tool I've found thus far was "Lose It" (ipod/iphone app+web) -- tracks both exercise and food. The issue for developers appears to be folks making a choice between a great database of processed foods, and something that is useable out of the box for those of us who don't eat at chains, and don't do much packaged food. Most of my food comes from the farmer's market.
Many of these seem to be focused on loosing weight (not a goal) -- I like the idea of a tracker that is focused on healthy eating period, & one that might more easily incorporate 'real food'...
I love that you're creating a tracker (I immediately want an ipod app so I can track on the fly, without needing to contact the internet -- otherwise, the tracking is significantly harder).
750 cheers for all your hard work!!
Related: How about, in addition to the X per day metric, a separate metric for over/under a certain value. For example, I might want to consume less than 2000 calories per day.