I apologize in advance if similar question has already been published..
The question in short: What to do if I want to stay here, have accurate numbers on analasys page and not throw away too much time logging everything?
Explanation: So my problem is, as it shows above, how to enjoy food, if you have to weigh everything (which is extremely time consuming) in order to satisfy the food logging here on Calorie Count.
I want to stay here and log food, but it takes a lot of time for me to log everything and to firstly weigh everything, because I don't just buy prepared food. At my household we buy meat (as in raw steaks), vegetables, milk, eggs, flour,... and then make a dish, so in short everything is unprepared in our fridge, so we have to prepare each individual meal. That takes time, but also it takes A LOT of time to weigh everything precisely. Then I have to write it down, then I have to log it in here and sometimes the whole logging/weighing process takes more than an hour a day - an hour I could be out running.
Time consumption is the reason for my ranting on this forum and I'd like to ask you for an advice. What to do if I want to stay here, have accurate numbers on analasys page and not throw away too much time logging everything?
Because it takes so much time logging food, I lose interest eating that food and it's not so enjoyable as it is, if for example I simply take an apple, wash it and eat it.
P.S.: Creating meals isn't an option, since it too takes too much time in the first place, plus I love experimenting in kitchen, so everytime I cook, there's a slight change in a dish.
Thank you for your answers.
If you want to have accurate numbers, then there really isn't another option.
What I do is compromise. I only weigh the higher calorie foods. So for instance, if I'm making a salad, I will weigh the cheese, meat, eggs, oil.....but I will just estimate for the lettuce, cucumbers, herbs, tomatoes etc. The difference between 2 cups of lettuce and 3 cups of lettuce is minimal. The difference between 20 grams of cheese and 30 grams of cheese is substantial.
I also keep my laptop on my kitchen counter and add things in as I'm cooking. There are often times that I am waiting for something to boil, brown, bake etc. so I don't find that I'm "losing" time by logging as I probably just would have been standing around anyways. I have a rule that I must have it logged BEFORE I eat it. This works well for me in a variety of ways...I can see how much it will impact my day and totals before I eat it (and choose not to if I don't like the numbers) and it prevents spending a bunch of time logging later in the day to catch up.
A road without obstacles rarely leads anywhere worthwhile. I guess you'll just have to decide how important it is to you......
I use a very similar approach! If something has a ton of ingredients, I'll only weigh the high-calorie items. I usually have my laptop in my kitchen when I'm preparing a meal so that I can log things as I add them, and I won't eat things that I haven't logged.
Once you get used to it, it's really not that bad and it doesn't take that long! My favourite thing is that the site will do all the math for you and adjust the figure for all the values when you enter the weight for something.
To save time, I'll also try to buy and eat the same foods so that I can just reuse them or look for them in my Custom Foods list. And sometimes, when I can't be bothered to be too precise, I won't weigh something that comes in pre-portioned sizes (like frozen skinless boneless chicken breasts or fish filets), and I'll just go with the serving size specified on the nutrition label. It's not the end of the world if I'm not accurate within decimal points, after all. :/