Log foods by speaking
  • 05 Oct 2021
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Log foods by speaking

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If you are a Premium member and have the Carb Manager mobile app, you can log foods with your voice. Say the food or meal that you want to log, including the portion size, and Carb Manager will search for your food in our databases. If Carb Manager can’t find your food, you can add it.

Note: To learn more about Carb Manager’s databases and the sources of food data, see View sources of food data.

Log multiple foods

This section describes how to use the Multi-Add feature to quickly log more than one food without needing to view or change each food’s details, such as serving size and nutrition information.

  1. Select Add Item(image of Say Food button) Say Food.
  2. One-time setup: If your mobile device prompts you to give Carb Manager permission to transcribe your speech, and to access your microphone, select the options to allow permission and access.
  3. When the Now Listening screen opens, speak clearly into your device and describe the food or meal that you want to log. For example, you could say, “I ate two scrambled eggs and half of an avocado for breakfast.”
  4. On iOS devices, when you’re finished speaking, select Done Speaking.
  5. In the Please Review screen, read the transcript to confirm it is accurate. If you need to make changes, tap the description and enter your changes, then select Submit.
    Carb Manager opens a screen that lists the foods that match your description.
    Tip: If Carb Manager did not find your food, tap Not seeing your food? Try an extended search at the bottom of the screen. If Carb Manager still did not find your food, tap Or create a custom food at the bottom of the screen, then follow the steps in Create custom foods.
  6. In the food selection screen, select Multi-Add to turn on the Multi-Add feature.
  7. Select the + Add button next to each food in the list that you want to add to the daily log.
    Tip: If the serving size of a food in the list doesn’t match the amount you consumed, add the food as it is now, then once you’re finished adding multiple items, edit the food’s portion size from the daily log, as described in Edit daily log entries. If you edit the item from the food selection screen while Multi-Add mode is on, Multi-Add mode will turn off. Repeat the previous step to turn on Multi-Add mode again.
  8. Optional: If you are fasting and try to log foods during a fasting window, select Continue Logging & Keep Fasting or Log food & break my fast now.
    Tip: To change the food's timestamp to a time within your eating window, select Cancel to return to the food's detail screen, select Show Advanced, and select a different Date or Time. Then, select Add to log the food.
  9. Do one of the following steps.

Log one food at a time after viewing or changing its details

This section describes how to log one or more foods after viewing or changing each food’s details, such as serving size or nutrition information.

  1. Select Add Item(image of Say Food button) Say Food.
  2. One-time setup: If your mobile device prompts you to give Carb Manager permission to transcribe your speech, and to access your microphone, select the options to allow permission and access.
  3. When the Now Listening screen opens, speak clearly into your device and describe the food or meal that you want to log. For example, you could say, “I ate two scrambled eggs and an avocado for breakfast.”
  4. On iOS devices, when you’re finished speaking, select Done Speaking.
  5. In the Please Review screen, read the transcript to confirm it is accurate. If you need to make changes, tap the description and enter your changes, then select Submit.
    Carb Manager opens a screen that lists the foods that match your description.
    Tip: If Carb Manager did not find your food, tap Not seeing your food? Try an extended search at the bottom of the screen. If Carb Manager still did not find your food, tap Or create a custom food at the bottom of the screen, then follow the steps in Create custom foods.
  6. In the food selection screen, select a food to open its detail screen.
  7. In the Servings section of the food’s detail screen, enter or select the number of Servings.
    Tip: To enter part of a whole serving, either enter a decimal in the Servings field, such as .5, or select a fraction from the list, such as 1/2. In the mobile app, if you only want to select whole and partial servings from a list instead of entering numbers, select Switch to Selector.
  8. Optional: To change any of the food’s nutrient values, select Options > Quick Edit Nutrients, enter a value for one or more nutrients, then select Save Changes. Carb Manager saves the changes to that food for your account.
    Note: For more information about editing nutrients, including how to reset changes you made, see View and edit nutrition information in foods, recipes, and meals.
  9. Optional: To see more options, select Show Advanced, then do any of the following steps.
    • Premium members: if you enabled meal goals, select % of Day or % of Meal to view the food's macros as a percentage of the goals for your day or meal. Carb Manager updates the chart near the top of the screen.
    • To log the food to a different meal, select a Meal. (Carb Manager automatically selects the meal that is closest to the current time of day.)
      Tip: If you’re a Premium member, you can change the time when a meal, snack, or supplement occurs. For details, see Set time ranges for meals, snacks, and supplements
    • To automatically log the food to another day in addition to the current day, select an option from the Repeat list. For details, see Log recurring foods automatically.
    • To log the food to a different day instead of the current day, select a Date.
    • To change the time that will be logged with the food, which is only available if you turned on the setting to track meal times, enter a Time.
  10. Select Add to add the food to the daily log.
  11. Optional: If you are fasting and try to log food during a fasting window, select Continue Logging & Keep Fasting or Log food & break my fast now.
    Tip: To change the food's timestamp to a time within your eating window, select Cancel to return to the food's detail screen, select Show Advanced, and select a different Date or Time. Then, select Add to log the food.
  12. Optional: To find and log another food, repeat the previous steps.
  13. Select X to close the food selection screen.

The daily log displays each food that you logged and a summary of each food’s nutrition.