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Meals make it easier to add the same set of foods to a diary. E.g. if your client has half a cup of coffee every morning you enter this once, turn the entries into a meal and then add that every time the client has half a cup of coffee; the measure and everything else will be automatically set each time you use the meal. As opposed to recipes (see below) the individual components will not be combined into one food (or one entry in the diary), but the original structure and values will be preserved. This allows you to change the values after adding the meal. E.g. one morning your client may have 2 cups of coffee, then you just have to amend the amount after you have added the meal.
The following steps will show you with the help of an example how you can create a new meal.
This is where all the work in creating a meal now pays off. Let's add your newly created Test Meal to the diary:
This section will show you how you can manage your meals for a client.
Meals are created for a specific client and are restricted to that client. That means you cannot share a meal with other clients. You can also not edit meals as such, however you can simply add the meal you want to edit to your food diary, apply the changes you want to make, and create a new meal based on these changes. You can also delete meals.
When you create a meal it does not matter at which time of the day the individual entries are coming from. If you select one breakfast, one lunch, one dinner and one snack item, and then insert them in an empty lunch row they will all be added in the lunch section.
Recipes give you the option of creating new types of food to be used in the food diary. Where meals simply add all the contained foods into the diary when used, recipes work essentially like any other food in the database as well: the nutritional values are determined by the ingredients, and once the recipe is saved the combined values are stored against that recipe. When the recipe is added to the diary, only the stored combined values are retrived, the actual ingredients are not used in that case.
Therefore meals are great when you want to add the same lines of food over and over in the diary, however you use recipes when you want to create new types of food.
Recipes also have the advantage that you can adjust the yield without affecting the nutritients. E.g. the 200g tomatoes may yield only 150g once prepared, however will contain the same nutrients.
As opposed to meals recipes can be shared amongst your clients.
Adding custom foods to your database allows you to take full control of every nutritioal aspect of it. Custom foods are by default private, however can be shared between your clients. They are a great option if none of the existing foods in the database fulfill your needs and it is not a recipe.
This works essentially like recipes, please make sure you read this section as well.
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