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How to create a meal choosing from specific foods and without creating a diary entry leamsi4ever — Jul 14, 2017 11:39AM PDT

I want to create a meal without creating a diary entry. For example lets say I have an egg omelette with cheese mushroom, tomato etc, I also had a shake with almond milk, banana, protein powder etc.
If I entered all ingredients for breakfast then click remember meal it will create a meal with everything, but I want to create a meal only for the omelet ingredients, then another meal for the shake ingredients etc. Also it's a pain that you have create a diary entry for this. Also I don't want to create a recipe from scratch since the ingredients I want are all in the database it does not make sense that I can't choose ingredients and create a meal easily.

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Ripley MyFitnessPal Agent Jul 15, 2017 01:26PM PDT

Hello leamsi4ever,

Thank you for taking the time to contact us. In order to create a meal, the items do first have to be added to your Food Diary. I will make sure to pass along the feedback that you would like to see this ability in the future.

That being said, the ability to only enter certain items as a meal (and not all) is currently available in our iOS and Android apps. There are some discrepancies between the way the apps behave and the way the website behaves, and this is one of them.

Instructions to do so within the apps are as follows:

- Tap the “Edit” or Pencil button
- Tap the selection box next to each item you’d like to include in the remembered meal. You can select items from the same diary meal, or include items from multiple meals.
- Tap the “Save Meal” button (fork and knife around a plus symbol)
- Give the meal a name and tap “Save New” or tap “Save as..” to replace an existing meal (iOS apps, tap the check mark)

If you do not use the apps, and only use the website, you can create the meal with all of the items logged from that section of your food diary, and then edit the meal to remove the unwanted items. To edit a meal, first add it to your diary. Then, in that diary entry, make any changes to the meal that you’d like – for example, changing a portion size, and deleting or adding food items. Finally, follow the steps for remembering a meal, but select the “Replace an Existing Meal” option. Choose the meal name you wish to overwrite, and that meal will be replaced with the meal you just edited. I do realize this is a bit superfluous for your situation, and could result in the same scenario if you don’t use a blank meal in your diary, but it is a workaround that you can use as desired.

Apologies for the frustration and hope this helps! We wish you the best of luck in meeting and maintaining all your fitness goals!


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