Whether you plan to try out a fancy new fad diet or reboot your diet entirely, EatDifferent is a new web app that can help you get your diet and nutrition goals down on paper, and track your progress towards them every day, without the hassle of a traditional food journal or log.EatDifferent allows you to set your own specific food goals, like “avoid refined sugars” or “eat more leafy greens”, and the app will help you stick to those goals by reminding you each day when you log in. Once you have some guidelines in place for the changes you want to make, EatDifferent then allows you to track your progress by entering in your meals each day via the web, your mobile device or as an email to the service — not down to the caloric level, but in a broad, “describe your meal” sense. You can then tweak a set of sliders under the meal description that indicate how your breakfast or lunch impacted your overall diet goals.
The service will email you to enter your meals if you forget to log in. As it accumulates information, it will show you how well you’re doing controlling your portion sizes, eating more vegetables or reducing your intake of added sugars on a graph, plotted over time. You’ll be able to tell with a single click whether you’re making headway to your goals. Plus, you have the benefit of EatDifferent’s community to help you along and offer support.
EatDifferent is currently in public beta, and while they invite you to sign up with your Facebook account so you can hook up with Facebook friends using the web app, it’s not required. If you’ve been looking for a more social and less rigorous diet tracker, EatDifferent is worth a look.