ifood™ Quickstart Tutorial
- The ifood™ Nutrition Monitor is organized in tabs.
- You enter and edit personal data on the Personal
- You build your own food database by adding food items
and combining them into courses and meals on the Foods tab
- Selecting food from your personal food database, you
record and monitor your daily food consumption on the
- You monitor your long-term food intake and calories
breakdown on the History tab
- If you want to comment your daily food consumption you
can create separate journal items using the built-in
Step by Step
- The ifood™
plugin requires the
journal system, which you need to
download and install before you can use the plugin.
- If you haven't installed ifood
yet please do so now.
Download the ifood plugin, extract the contents of
the zipped file and double-click the extracted setup.exe
file. You should also
download and install the setup package for the USDA food
database (free). Although you will not need it for this
tutorial you may want to use it later to select food from it
instead of adding it manually.
- Start iwrite.4.life and open or create a journal that you
want to use as your food diary.
Create a new journal item by pressing Ctrl+N.
the right side of the Create New Item dialog choose
ifood Nutrition Monitor from the
Item Type box (Select values from the left side of
the dialog to your liking). Press Enter or click
An ifood journal item will be created but you cannot yet
record any consumption because your personal food database
is still empty.
To enter food into your personal foods database click the
The Food Items, Courses, and Meals
columns are all empty. To add your first food item click on
Food Items and select Add Manually...
from the Add Food Item menu.
The fields marked bright red on this dialog are required
It is recommended that you also fill in the
remaining fields or you will not be able to analyze the
breakdown of food components or correctly add up
the calories you consume.
OK and select as which kind of meal the new food
item will typically be served (breakfast, lunch, dinner,
This may be helpful once your personal food database
grows to a substantial size. You can then find what you'r
looking for by only displaying food of a certain category,
e.g., breakfasts only. Since we created an entry for a
PowerBar we'll check just snack.
You should now see the food item you just created in the
Food Items column of the Food Editor.
Right-click the new
entry (or click the column header) to see which actions are
available. To actually add this food item to a consumption
you have to move back to the Consumption tab but
let's first enter some personal data.
Personal Data tab. There's some data
that you'll typically only add once (data in the
Personal Data section) and some that you will enter
every day (like weight and data in the Heart
Rate Monitor section).
the purpose of this QuickStart tutorial it will suffice to
fill in the fields that have bold labels marked with
an asterisk. Those values are necessary to
calculate your daily calorie requirements. Note that in the
above screenshot no weight has yet been entered and,
therefore, the BMI (Body Mass Index) and
BMR (Base Metabolic
Rate) values in the lower right-hand section cannot yet
be calculated correctly. Pause the mouse pointer over a
field to see an explanation.
Now click the
Consumption tab. If you've followed the above example you can enter
"power" (or just "pow" will do) in the search box to find
the new food item.
Alternatively, you can select
the Time box below Browse Food since we've classified the
PowerBar as a snack. Finally, you could also select Food
Item from the Type box to switch to a display of only food
items (as opposed to courses or meals).
The selected food's composition and the total calories of a
typical serving are displayed as a pie chart next to the
Search Food area.
With the food item selected double-click a time slot on
the calendar column to add the food item to it as a
If a consumption is already selected on the
calendar you could also add more food to it by clicking the
Add to Consumption button.
Now that you have actually created a food consumption
(as opposed to just selected a food) its calories and
composition are displayed in the monitoring and editing area
on the right side of the screen.
that so far the current food selection on the left side of
the screen and the selected consumption show identical
values. That's because you just consumed one serving of a
PowerBar. However, if you keep adding more foods to a
selected consumption, it's total calories and composition
will change and this will be reflected in the pie chart on
You can change the number of servings and/or the serving
size in the data grid below the pie chart. The total
calories are automatically updated by multiplying servings
and serving size.
You can also delete consumptions or components of
consumptions from the data grid.
Day Chart button to display a diagram
of your daily consumption in place of the data grid.
switch back to the data grid view click the same button
again (when the day chart is displayed it is labeled
Not surprisingly, since you've only added a single
consumption so far, the Day Chart will only show one
you keep adding consumptions during the day, a "stair" of
consumptions will develop leading up to the green line
representing your Base Metabolic Rate (BMR).
will probably eventually cross that line ad approach the
yellow line labeled PAL (Physical Activity Level). If you
enter additional calories consumed by exercising (on the
Personal Data tab) there will also be a red line higher up
still. Crossing this line (or the yellow line in the absence
of exercising) indicates a surplus of calories consumed.