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Old 04-03-2013, 12:36 AM   #1
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Need a good food tracker for night shift

Looking for some advice on tracking my food. I had used Myplate from Livestrong, but since I work nights, my meals were always off. Tracking "Lunch" at 3am just doesn't work sometimes. Any suggestions for an app that can help with tracking food for night shift workers???
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Old 04-03-2013, 12:40 PM   #2
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i'm not sure how time of day affects this one...I use MyFitnessPal and love it
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Old 04-03-2013, 10:05 PM   #3
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It actually affected my daily totals. Some days when I woke up and had dinner before work, I wouldn't get in another meal until after midnight, so it would only count 2 meals and then another day I would end up with 4 meals.

Thanks for the info though, I will give it a try!
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Old 04-03-2013, 10:40 PM   #4
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I use myfitnesspal too. I go from midnight to midnight. Dont worry about specific breakfast, lunch, dinner times. Thats too hard when you work nights imo.
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Old 04-03-2013, 11:16 PM   #5
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I use myfitnesspal, and at midnight I just roll the day back over to the previous one and keep right on tracking. It's Thursday here now, but I just had a protein shake and added it to Wednesday. It's a bit of an annoyance, but easy enough to do.
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Old 04-04-2013, 03:53 AM   #6
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Thank you for reminding of myfitnesspal. I am a night shift nurse and I also swing with second shift. I have found my first night and or my last night of a stretch are my hardest since I am dealing with such fatigue. And no matter how hard I try to snack healthy, the candy drawer at work tends to offer too much temptation. Any suggestions would be appreciated.
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Old 04-05-2013, 11:00 PM   #7
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I have been using the MyFitnessPal app for the last couple days and it is working great! I do have to back enter some things to finish my day. Its never really tomorrow until I wake up!

But it has been a lot easier to use than livestrong and its free!!

Thanks for the info everyone!!
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Old 04-09-2013, 08:16 PM   #8
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I am a hospice nurse and worked overnights during my major weight watchers "losing" time. (I would like to take about five more pounds off, but am at my goal). Anyway, I would just count my first meal of the day as "breakfast" then so on. It got a little screwy, but then again, at that time I was tracking with paper as opposed to online so it made it easier for me. I would consider AFTER my big sleep to be a new "day" and then start my day when I woke up (even on my "off work" days when I was on normal daylight hours.). So on an off day, my breakfast was at like 8 am. On a work day, breakfast was more like 4 PM. Does that make sense?
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Old 04-11-2013, 09:04 PM   #9
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As a trainer , I setup all my clients on myfitnesspal and use it myself as well. its a great food logging app and very versatile for both i phone and android phones.
Highly recommended!
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