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Meal Database - the meal database is were you collect the meals you create. It can be sorted by Categories or Groups.
We can easily create a new meal by tapping the add bar button item in the top right corner of the view.
Tap instead on the table view and you will be presented with the list of your creations. A round coloured circle, tells us about the quality of the meal you have created. The overall quality of the meal is computed taking in consideration the single quality of the ingredients that you picked.
Still in the meal listing, tap on the disclosure button to access the meal view which shows all the informations we need like the ingredients with quantities, the total calories, calories proportions and so on.

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Meal View - the meal view is the sum up of what we have created.
In the top left corner the view could present a photo of the meal taken during creation or added later. Follows then the name and many other informations.
The informations are divided into two pages. Page one provides general info about the meal itself like the category and groups of the meal, its goodness, total calories and the calories proportions.
Page two instead is a list of all the ingredients used for building up the meal followed by their quantities.
At the bottom of the view there are notes available as an action button that allows us to share our meal on the social networks, via SMS or email.
Within the page is even possible to edit even further the meal itself.

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The Builder - when creating a new meal, we will be presented with the builder view. This is the key view of the app. Here we create our meals.
At the top of the view there is the list of the ingredients that we have to select one by one in order to edit the quantities. The quantities are added by tapping on the segmented control at the bottom of the view.
The default one indicate grams but options like "Fill Up" or "Serving Quantity" can be used in order to expedite the process.
Above the segmented control, some indicators visually show how far we are from our calorie target. Indications are provided in grams or percentages.

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Food Database - the food database contains more then 600 items you can use as ingredients when building your meal. It can be sorted by Categories or Sources.
We can easily add a new food to the database by tapping the add bar button item in the top right corner of the view.
Tap instead on the table view and you will be presented with a list of foods. A round coloured circle, tells us about the quality of the food itself.
Still in the food listing, tap on the disclosure button to access the food view which shows all the informations we need like the amount of proteins, carbohydrates, fats, alcohol, fiber, calories and so on.

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Food View - this view represents the description of the food contents. It states the amount of proteins, carbohydrates, fats, fiber and even the calories for 100 grams of product.
It also reports the main source of the food, its category and can also specify the serving quantity which can be used when building meals.
All of that is represented in three different pages. The last page, shows graphically where the 100% calories are coming from.
The food content can easily be edited.
There could be also notes describing the food it self and the possibility to share the information on the social networks, via SMS or email.

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Diet Planner - the diet planner is clear and well arranged way to manage your meals. We can create many different diets and save them into a database.
The planner will store all the meals, including breakfasts, lunches and even snacks for all the day of the week. It is extremely flexible.
The planner keeps track of the time and tells us which meal we should eat at that specific moment.
The entire plan, or just few meals, can be shared on the social networks, SMS and via email.

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Fitness - fitness is a supporting tool that we can use in order to assess our physical condition in terms of weight.
We enter our informations like weight, height, waist and neck measurements and we get a quick report on our BMI, our fat and lean body mass and how many calories would be recommended for us throughout the day.
There is also a colourful BMI graph where we can see if we are overweight or not.

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Shop Assistant - the shop assistant comes with you to the groceries store and helps you out with your shopping list.
We can prepare our list in advance by simply looking through the food database, by going through the meals we have created or even through the diet plans.
Even the shopping list can be shared on the social networks, via SMS or via email.

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MEALS DATABASE

When the app launches, the user is presented with the meals database. At first the database is empty. In order to add meals to the database the user can tap the "Add" bar button item in the top right corner of the view. See the "Creating New Meals" section of the manual to learn more about adding meals to the database.

The meal database can be sorted in two ways. By Categories or Groups. The sorting mode can be toggle by tapping on the bottom middle bar button item. The footer of the table view shows how many meals have been added to the database.

Tapping on the table view, the user has access to selected sorted meals list. Besides the meal name, in the list the user can see the total calories and their proportions. Proportions tell the user from where the 100% of calories are coming from: proteins, carbohydrates and fats. The coloured view preceding the name indicates the goodness of the meal. Goodness can be Good (green view), Average (yellow view) or Bad (red view). More on this later.

The meals list can be searched by means on the search view placed at the top of the view.

Tapping the name of the meal the user can access a meal overview that provides all the informations.

Also in this view it is possible to add a new meal by tapping the add bar button item.

The meal view, shows informations about the meal itself.

The "Category" and the "Group" just define the sorting of the meal. If "Category" and "Group" are followed by a "+" sign, it means that the meal belongs to many categories or groups.

The "Goodness" states the quality of the meal based on the foods the user has used when building it. The value goes for 0% to 100%.

"Proportions" indicates the selected target proportion at building time. Tapping on the proportions row, the "Real Proportions" are shown. Target proportion are used to help the user reaching his aim when building the meal. If building phase was properly done, this two value should be the same. If not the “Real Proportions” shows what achieved by the user.

"Is Favourite" allows the user to mark the meal as a favourite ones. This can be used for further sorting.

The "Calories" indicates the target calories for the meal. As proportions, we set a target calories at building time. Tapping on the row, the real calories are displayed.

At the bottom of the view, there are many bar button items. The info bar button item, shows quick informations on the view the user is in. The second bar button item, the one with a number in it, is a sort of navigation button. Tapping on it the user can access the ingredients list of the meal. The compose bar button item allows access to the meal notes. The action bat button item allows the user to share the meal via email, SMS or any social networks.

In the top right corner of the view, there is an "Edit" bar button item. This button, allows the user to edit the existing meal.

The ingredients list, shows the names of the foods used in creating the meal and their quantities. The coloured view left of the name shows the quality of the food (used to determine the goodness of the meal).


CREATING NEW MEALS

By creating new meals, we start populating our meals database. In order to start an adding section, we tap the "Add" bar button item at the top right corner of the Meal Database view. It is also possible to start the adding section within the meal listing view.

Tapping the "Add" bar button item, we are presented with the "Ingredients" view. The Ingredients view is an interface that allows us to look into the food database picking up the foods that we would like to use for creating our meal. On how to browse the “Food Database”, see the chapter “The Food Database” in the How To section. Here we just need to know how to select foods for the meal.

Tap then on the table view and enter the "Food Listing" view. Here we have a list of foods sorted by categories or sources. The "Info" detail button allows a quick view of the food informations. The rounded colour left of the name tells us the choice of the food. Foods can be of "Best" choice, "Fair" choice or "Poor" choice depending on their nutrients. We select a food for our meal by tapping his name on the table view. When the food is selected, a check mark is visible inside the choice rounded colour. Browse the whole database and make your choices.

Once back to the Ingredients view and happy with all the selections, we can move to the next step. Tap the "Next" bar button item in the top right corner of the view.

The second step in creating a new meal is to set the target calories and calories proportions. This settings will be used by the meal builder later on in order to help you in reaching your goal. The target calories are set by using the segmented control input. By default there are some standard value available. By tapping the "Controls" bar button item at the bottom of the view, we can have better control on the target calories we want to use. Proportions is an interesting thing. We can decide from where the calories are coming from. By setting in the view something like 30% 50% 20%, we are telling the builder that we want to be notified when, after adding quantities to the selected foods, we reach our target calories and when this calories are coming for the 30% from proteins, for the 50% from carbohydrates and for the 20% from fats. This allows us to create meals that entirely match our desired diet plan.

Once done, tap the "Next" bar button item in order to move to the next step.

Now we are in a "Summary" view. Here is the list of your ingredients with their current quantities. We are ready to build our meal so let’s do it. Tap the "Builder" bar button item and start the building section. The description of the "Builder", is available in the "The Builder" chapter of the "How To" section.\n\nOnce the ingredients have been edited, we can move to the next step. Tap the "Next" bar button item in the "Summary" view.

Now we are in the "Notes" view. Here we can type everything we want about hour meal. No limits. This notes will be available from the "Meal" view to read later on. Type and then press the "Next" bar button item. If you do not type, and do not want to add notes, tap the "Skip" bar button item to move forward.

Now it is time to name our meal. Pick a name for your meal and move to the next step. Keep in mind that meals are sorted by name, so pick one accordingly.

After the name we start entering some info for the meal database sorting. The first one is the "Categories". Our meal will be part of one category such as Breakfast or Lunch. So Pick one, or even more then one, and then move forward. Same dial with "Groups". Pick one or more and then tap the “Next” bar button item. These sorting will help us with finding our meal later on when consulting the meals database.

In the next step we can add a photo to our meal. We do it by tapping the "Camera" bar button item at the bottom of the view. We can take a new one or use a photo stored in our camera roll. Pick one and the move forward. There is no need to add a photo. It can be done later. If so, tap the "Skip" bar button item and move to the final step.

The final step is basically a review of your creation. The "Summary" view represent the "Meal" view. Meals in your database will look exactly like this view. Look around and if you like it, tap the “Done” bar button item in the top right corner in order to add the meal to the database. By doing so, the meal will be added and we will return the view from which we started the adding section.


THE BUILDER

The "Builder" is the core view of the app. Here you create your meals. The builder uses a complex algorithm that allows the user to reach his calories goal. We previously set a target calories and some proportions and now we are going to see how to use them.

Let’s use an example to explain how the builder works.

Let’s say we selected three ingredients: Bresaola, Bread (Wholemeal) and Peanut (Toasted) from the food database. We want to build a meal (a Sandwich) that has 400 kcal and has as proportions 30% 40% 30% which means 30% of calories coming from proteins, 40% calories coming from carbohydrates and 30% calories coming from fats.

As a start, we select the first ingredient, Bresaola. We do that by tapping his name in the table view. Now we can add some quantity so we move in the bottom area of the view and we tap, let’s say, the +50 segment in the segmented control input.

As we can see, 50 grams of Bresaola were added. The Proteins level indicator was updated and even the grams label now showing 16.0g. Our target is shown by the inverted triangle. That is our target for proteins. I can use the same process to add quantity until the level indicator reaches that triangle. At that point any further addition will be discharged because not necessary. Basically, in order to reach our 400 kcal with only 30% coming from proteins, we need only 30g of proteins coming from 94g of Bresaola.

Let’s move to the Bread (Wholemeal) now. By tapping his name on the table view we select it. Instead of adding quantities the same way, we now change input controls by tapping the "Controls" bar button item at the bottom of the view. As we can see, now we have 4 other options. The one we are going to use is "Fill Up". Tapping Fill Up, the builder figures out how many grams of Bread are needed in order to reach the target calories for carbohydrates. That amount is 32g coming from 66g of Bread. As we can see, now the total amount of Bresaola is 78g and not 94g any more. That is because also the Bread has some proteins. The builder has reduced the amount of Bresaola in order preserve the proteins target.

Last step. Let’s add some Fats to our meal. Tapping on Peanut (Toasted) in the table view, we select it. We then quickly tap "Fill Up" once more and we are done. We have reached our goal which was 400 kcal with 30% 40% 30% proportions. Tapping the "Indicators" bar button item, we can have a visual confirmation of that.

Once the meal has been edited we can leave the view by tapping the "Done" bar button item.

Two other interesting segments are the "Lock Up" and the "Serving" ones. If we want a food not to be trimmed by the Builder trying to fix the quantities, we can lock that specific food to its quantity. We do that by selecting the food first and then tap the "Lock Up" segment. As explained in the "The Food Database" chapter, food can have a serving quantity. The serving quantity is that quantity that we would usually eat. If the selected food has one, we can add it directly by tapping the "Serving" segment.

If we want to add quantities without the help from the Builder, we can tap the "Auto On" segment in order to turn off any automatic quantities trimming. In this case though, the target calories can be exceeded and will be the user responsibility to fix them accordingly.


THE FOOD DATABASE

From within the Meals Database view, we can access extra functionalities of the application. Tapping the "Action" bar button item in the bottom right corner, we are presented with a list that allows us to jump right into the Food Database. The Food Database is sorted by "Sources" or "Categories". We can toggle between them by tapping the bottom middle bar button item. At the top right corner of the view, there is an "Add" bar button item that allows as to start an adding section and add a new food to the database. Tapping the "Go Back" bar button item in the bottom right corner of the view, we go back to the meals database. Tapping one entry on the table view, we move into the "Food Listing" view.

The Food Listing view is nothing more than a sorted list of food. At a first glance we can determine the quality, or choice, of the food. The rounded coloured image tells us if the referred food is of "Best", "Fair" or "Poor" choice.

Since the large number of foods present, a Search Bar is available at the top of the view in order to find what we are looking for faster.

Also from this view is possible to start an adding section. Tapping the "Add" bar button item in the top right corner we add foods to the database.

Simply tapping the name of the food on the table view we enter the "Food View" where we retrieve all the informations about the food we are interested in.

The Food View is divided in three sort of pages. In the first one, we read about the actual content of the food we have selected. The Second page instead shows infos about the sorting of the food itself, the choice and more. The "Serving Quantity", if available, shows the amount of food that we would usually eat. The food can even be marked as a favourite one for further sorting.

The last page, gives us a visual representation from where the 100% of calories is coming from: proteins, carbohydrates, fats or alcohol.

At the bottom of the view there are many bar button items. Among the info and page toggle button, there are the "Compose" bar button item and the "Action" bar button item. The first one allows to access food notes if any are available. The second one allows us to share the food informations via email, SMS or even on the social networks.

By tapping the "Edit" bar button item in the top right corner of the view, we can edit existing food.


ADDING NEW FOODS

From the Food Database view, we can start an adding section and add new foods to the database. In order to do that, we tap the "Add" bar button item in the top right corner of the view. The same process can be started also from the "Food Listing" view by tapping on the same "Add" bar button item.

The first view we are presented is the "Name" view. Here we have to enter the name of the food we would like to add before moving to the next step. Once done with the name, tap the "Next" bar button item to move forward.

The second step allows us to specify minor details about the food itself. Here we can tell the app that the food we are about to add is a "Food Integrator". We can also specify if the details that are about to follow will be referring to millilitres or grams or even if the food data are about a unit. This last thing is very important because it effects the functioning of the meal builder described in "The Builder" chapter see before. Once done with our selections, we tap the "Next" bar button item to move forward again.

The "Contents" view, allows us to enter the real content of the food itself like the amount of proteins, carbohydrates, lets and so forth. "Next" bar button item to proceed to the next step.

The "Extras" view describes the food in a general way. It tells us about the source of the food like if provides mainly proteins, carbohydrates or fats. It tells us about the category, if it is a fruit or meat or sea food. So in this view we can enter any sort of informations that talk about the food. We can even mark the food as a favourite one for further sorting.

The following step is "Notes". In this view we can enter all the informations we want about the food. The "Notes" will be available in the "Food" view as we will see later. If we do not want to enter any notes, we move forward directly by tapping the "Skip" bar button item.

The last step, before summing everything up, is "Photo". Here we can take a new photo or even use an existing one from our camera roll. We proceed by tapping the "Camera" bar button item in the bottom middle of the view. The photo can be added even in the future so we might want to skip this process by tapping the "Skip" bar button item.

Finally the "Summary" view. Here we review all the informations we entered before taking the step of adding the food to the database. We review all the three pages and then tap the "Done" bar button item. The "Summary" view represents how the "Food" view will look once reached from the food database.


THE DIET PLANNER

The "Diet Planner" is a tool that allows us to manage our diets. In this view, we can create many diets and use them at ease.

We access the "Diet Planner" from the "Meals Database" view by tapping on the "Action" bar button item. The Diet Planner is the second option from the top.

Entering the view, we are presented with an empty list. At the beginning there are no planes created for you by default. Let’s get started by tapping the "Add" bar button item at the top of the view.

The first step to do when creating a new diet plan is to "Name" it. Pick a name that carefully describes the plan and move forward by tapping the "Next" bar button item.

The second step appears. Here we see a list of the week days. For every day we can now add meal events and meals themselves. Let’s start with "Sunday". Let’s tap there on the table view.

Now, by the default, we are shown 5 options as meal events: breakfast, morning snack, lunch, afternoon snack and supper. If those are not enough, we can add more meal events by tapping the "Add" bar button item in the top right corner of the view. Once happy with all the meal events, we can start adding meals to our diet plan. We tap one meal event on the table view in order to access the meals database. A proper list for the meal event selected is presented. Here we just have to pick the meal we like and that’s it. If we want to see inside the meal and check the ingredients, we tap the details button on the table view. A search bar is there to help us if required.

We do the previous step for all the remaining meal events and then we are done. Back to the week days list.

The second section of the table view, talks about calories. Over there we can show the "Total Calories" or the "Missing Calories". How it works is simple. Tapping on it we can access the "Target Calories" view. Here we specify the amount of calories that we would like to eat that specific day. We also specify if we want to have infos related to the total amount of calories currently present in the day or if we want infos about what is missing in order to reach our target calories.

Once back to the week days list with all the meal events filled out, we tap the "Done" bar button item and the new "Diet Plan" gets added to the database.

We do not have to fill out every single day. The diet plan could be even for the weekend only. Once the plan is added to the database, all the empty days will be removed.

Once populated with diet plans, the database is fairly easy to navigate. Tap on the diet plan name you like in the table view and read about meal events jumping through the week days.


FITNESS

The "Fitness" section is designed in order to collect some measurements from the users and provide some sort of feedbacks. One is by visually showing the weight status of the user on a "Body Max Index" graph. The other is by elaborating all the data entered by the user and stating the amount of daily calories recommended based on a specific sport activity ("Overview").

As per all the other views, the "Fitness" section is accessed from the Meals Database view by means of the "Action" bar button item.

Once in the view, we are presented with a table view ready to collect our personal data such as height and weight.

The first thing we can specify at the top of the table view is our gender. If we select "Female", the table view expands and allows to enter also "Hip" measurements.

The view is pretty straight forward. We enter all the informations and then we have access to the "Overview" feedback. We can clear our selections at any time by tapping on the "Clear" bar button item at the bottom of the view.

In the "Settings" section of the app, we can even specify if the data we enter will be remembered by the view.

The "Overview" can be displayed as a complete description of your physical status or just as a list of raw data. We toggle the two view by tapping the bar button item at the bottom of the view.

The overview can be shared view email, SMS or even on the social networks by tapping the "Action" bar button item.

The "BMI" graph is a visual representation of your data. The graph comes in many colours selectable in the "Settings" section of the application.

The view shows our entry of weight and height by placing a small cross in the middle of the view. The coloured area in over which the cross lays tells us about our weight status: underweight, normal weight, overweight or obese.

By tapping on the "Unlock" bar button item in the top right corner of the view, we can unlock the cross and control it just by touching the screen. At the bottom of the view, a stepper button item allows for selective control of the cross. By default we control the height. Tapping on the "Height" bar button item, we can toggle between controlling heights and weights.

Any changes in the cross position will update the table view entries.


SHOP ASSISTANT

As the name states, "The Shop Assistant" has been design to assist the user at shopping time helping with building a groceries list.

Tapping on the "Action" bar button item at the bottom of the "Meals Database" view we are presented with the option to launch "The Shop Assistant".

The initial view presents an empty view. Groceries have yet to be selected. Let’s start to populate our shopping list by tapping the "Add" bar button item in the top right corner of the view.

Here we are presented with another view in which we can select the foods we would like to appear on our shopping list. This view is divided in three pages controlled by the toggle bar button item at the bottom of the view itself. The first view could be empty. In fact, page one shows the list of foods used so far to created meals. Same consideration for page two but this time the list of foods are the ones used to create diet plans. Page three lists all the food actually present in the foods database.

These three pages can be filtered. Once in page one, if we tap the "Groups" bar button item in the top left corner, we are presented with a list of all the meals from which all the foods are coming from. Deselecting some meals in this view, trims down the corresponding list of foods. The same consideration is available for the diet plans of page two. If we do this process with page three, which is the whole foods database, we can exclude categories of food from the list.

In order to add foods to the groceries list we simply tap the name of the food. A "Select All" bar button item can help with expediting things.

Once we are happy with our shopping list we can go active by tapping the "Done" bar button item.

In order to facilitate the shopping, a "Group" bar button item puts similar foods together which could be helpful at the store.

At every purchase, we can tap the corresponding food name in order to hide it from the list. We can show the entire list at any time by tapping the "Unhide Completed" bar button item.

The shopping list, can be share via email, SMS or even on the social networks.

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