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    eating is a very simple node.js command line application for recording what you eat (a meal diary/journal). Inspired by doing it takes near to natural language input and turns that into structured meals. There's also a web version at

    eating 7 ham and pineapple pizzas 2 hours ago 7000!

    would yeild

    • Date: (UTC the date/time 2 hours ago)
    • Foods: 7 Ham & Pineapple Pizzas
    • Calories: 7000
    • Important: true (exclamation mark)

    n.b. I do not encourage you to eat 7 pizzas

    eating yesterday 3.30pm 1/2 chocolate bar 200cals

    would yeild

    • Date: (UTC date/time of yesterday 3.30pm)
    • Foods: 1/2 Chocolate Bar
    • Calories: 200
    • Important: false

    How to install

    npm install -g eating

    to update

    npm update -g eating


    eating has 2 configurable options

    • path -- folder where it will save your data
    • defaults to ~/.eatingdata/
    • I recommend setting to to somewhere in your dropbox or gdrive
    eating --path '~/Google Drive/eating'
    • locale
    • date locale defaults to nodes default usually en-US (mm/dd/yyyy)
    • if set to 'en-AU' it will then parse dates as dd/mm/yyyy
    eating --locale 'en-AU'

    How to use

    running the command outputs what you've recorded that day and total calories


    to show help

    eating --help
    eating <command> --help

    show meals for all/today/yesterdays/week/ [enddate]

    eating list yesterday
    eating list 22/07
    eating list 22/07 28/07

    export to a formatted .txt file

    eating list 22/07 28/07 --txt ~/dairy.txt

    export to json

    eating list 22/07 28/07 --json ~/dairy.json

    to remove a meal, find the meals id (the number next to meal)

    eating remove id

    or remove the last added meal

    eating remove last

    if none of the commands above it will try and pass all args as a meal

    eating chicken caesar salad 20 minutes ago 600cals!

    by putting a '!' (exclamation mark) somewhere in the text will flag the meal as important useful for marking cheat meals, high glucose meals(for diabetics) and other things.


    If you find a bug or have any problems create an github issue or email me at my github email. I will fix them.

    n.b. I have only tested this on OS X




    npm i eating

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