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United States Patent Yardley 1151 3,681,857 1 51 Aug. 8, 19-72  APPARATUS FOR MONITORING j IMPORTANTPROPERTIES OF FOODS FOREIGN PATENTS OR APPLICATIONS. 1,066,378 10/1959 Germany ......-.....;...40/142 A CONSUMED I  Inventor: Norma G. Yardley, 59 West 88th p i r R6 w i h Street New York I Assistant ExaminerJ. H. Wolfi'  Filed: Sept. 14, 1970 Attmey-Peter L. Berger  Appl. No.: 71,753  ABSTRACT v 521 US. (:1 .35/1, 40/142 A, 35/7 A math f impmFam 51 1111. C1. ..G09b 1/08 'pre'dePermmed  Field of Search ..L. .35/1-, 40/142; 283/1 Peri0d A plilrallty 0f Pi -fi P Z representing a. specific food -1tem and ts nutrient  References Cit d values is stored in a compartmentalized storage device and retrieved therefrom for attachment to a board. A UNITED STATES PATENTS plurality of rows and columns is formed when a 1,289,246 12/1918 7 Palmer ..35/7 number of strips are placed on the board, which 793,676 7/ 1905 Olivera ..35/73 columns contain the amount of each important food 2,600,505 6/ 1952 JOIICDS ..40/ 142 A property consumed, Each column is tallied to 'provide 8 et a] g the total amount of food properties consumed during en a iven eriod oftin e 2,314,387 3/1943 Carlsson ..283/l g p 2,337,594 12/1943 Easley ..35/1 Claims, 7 Drawing Figures H I I6 I NUTRIENT A CALORIE COUNTBEIR 30) 32) 54,, E '3 a FOOD/ ZTa glg'li c 2 6 2 1%} 1 :81?! :23 grg' uni s mg. mg. mg. mg. mg, mg, gr: 5 APPLE 1: lsm O .Ol5 D 1 0.3 2 BACON, CRISP L? I} 5|. 0 .027 .007 O O 3 Oil 2 53 BEEF, LEAN L2 4 02. 60 J40 .262 0 l3 2|4- 3.4 22 I BEANS,LIMA,COCKED i C. 900 .225 v250 42 21 I30 0.9 7 I16 BREAD, RYE 1 5|. .066 0 12 74 0,6 3 76 TOTALS BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION This invention relates to a method for keeping tally of important food properties eaten during a given period of time, and more particularly to a totalizer system for accomplishing the same.
Although our nation is affluent by economic s dards, it'is becoming increasingly apparent that the diets of many Americans are lacking in the minimum basic requirements of important food properties such as vitamins, iron, and proteins. Although the consumer can well afford to properly feed himself, most people are unaware of their poor nutritional habits which have resulted in the grossly deficient diets presently found in America. Such diets are by no means restricted to the poor or disadvantaged. The medical profession has recently become more aware of this problem as it relates to all economic classes and has been conducting studies relating thereto. Concurrently, the public has become more aware of their dietary deficiencies and have sought to remedy the same.
In order to determine the nutrient intake during the course of a day, charts and the like must be consulted. These charts contain numerical data relating to the amount of important properties contained in food. In order to calculate the total amount of vitamins, nutrients and calories taken during a day, a chart must be prepared by the user which is both tedious and timeconsuming in its preparation. It can be understood that the listing of three meals and snacks, totaling possibly 20 or 25 different foods including the most important components thereof, can amount to the handwriting of as many as 250 separate figures.
The counting of food properties is important to people who are on special diets as well as the general population. The preparation of such a table each 7 day by users is boring and frequently leads the person to disregard the essential medical advise he is to follow.
Another object of the present invention is to provide an improved apparatus for accomplishing the above object.
Still another object of the present invention is to provide such an apparatus which is relatively easy to use.
Another object of the present invention is to provide such an apparatus which eliminates the time-consuming and tedious handwriting of many numerical figures.
Yet another object of the present invention is to provide such a counter or totalizer system which is attractive, durable, yet relatively inexpensive.
Another object of the present invention is to provid such a totalizer system which is relatively light in weight and compact so that it may be portable.
Other objects, advantages, and features of the present invention will become more apparent from the following description.
SUMMARY THE, INVENTION In accordance with the principles of the present invention, the above objects are accomplished by providing a method for monitoring or tallying the amount of properties of food eaten during a specified period of time, including the steps of selecting a first pre-printed strip containing indicia representing a specific food and the amount of different food properties contained in iron,
the specific food, attaching the strip to a board, selecting additional pre-printed strips relating to additional foods and the amount of food properties contained therein, attaching the additional strips below the first strip on the board and aligning corresponding numerical data on the first and additional strips to form columns of data.
The strips are stored in a compartmentalized container and preferably are alphabetically stored therein.
Each food item is pre-printed on a strip and the amount of important food'properties contained in an average serving of the food is'also printed on the strip. A plurality of such strips are placed on the board at the end of a pre-determined period'of time, such as a day, to form a table. Each column of the table is appropriately designated with a specific food property such as iron,
. Vitamin A, or the like, and such columns are totaled at the bottom of the board, providing an indication of the amount of food properties taken in during the day.
The strips may be attached to the board by providing a 'magnetized'board and metallic strips which readily adhere to the board. As an alternative, the board and strips may be plasticized with respective female and male connecting members, enabling the strip to be held in place by a friction fit between the members.
The present invention will find widespread use among the general population, particularly those who must regulate and watch their food intake. Additionally, those Americans who are becoming more aware of their dietary deficiencies may advantageously utilize the present invention to determine the specific food properties in which they are deficient.
The present device may be relatively light in weight, yet durable and attractivev and relatively inexpensive, thus making it suitable for widespread use and distribution.
IN THE DRAWINGS FIG. 1 is a top plan view of the present invention showing the board and a plurality of strips thereon.
FIG. 2 is a perspective view of a compartmentalized storage device forming a portion of the present invention.
FIG. 3 is a sectional view taken generally along lines 3-3 of FIG. 1 showing the strips being attached to the board.
FIGS. 4 through 7 are sectional views similar to FIG. 3 showing other embodiments for connecting the strips to the board.
DETAILED DESCRIPTION Referring to the drawings, FIG. 1 illustrates a board 10 upon which are mounted a plurality of strips 12 and an additional strip 14. Strip 14 serves as the heading strip, having thereon indicia representing specific food properties. In particular, the first column 16 is designated food. The second column 18 is designated average serving, the third, fourth, fifth and sixth columns, 20, 22, 24 and 26, are designated Vitamins A, B,, B and C, respectively. The seventh, eighth, ninth, 10th, and 11th, columns, 28, 30, 32, 34 and 36, are designated calcium phosphorous, protein," and calories respectively. Strip 14 may be separate from the others or may include at least a strip pre-printed with specific food properties. The
strip 14 may be left permanently on board to serve as a heading. As an alternative, the headings contained in strip 14 may be pre-printed or embossed directly on the board 10.
Each strip is provided with indicia corresponding to each column heading contained in strip 14. For example, the strip for apple" is provided with indicia, such as numerals which represent the amount of properties contained in the food, a serving of a small applecontains 25 mg. of calcium, 50 units of Vitamin A, and 0.015 mg. of 'Vitamin 3,. Similarly, the other strips specifically illustrated in FIG. 1 contain numerical data relating tothe average sized serving and the amount of food properties contained therein. Of particular note to calorie conscious individuals, each strip is provided with the amount of calories contained in the average serving so that the calorie intake can be monitored. Each strip is placed on and attached to the board 10 and each strip forms a row with thenumerical data contained on each strip falling in columns defined by the headings contained in strip 14. It may thus be seen that when the strips are placed on the board in succeeding provided with holes 48, at its ends which are adapted to fit over and be secured to the projecting members 46.
FIG. 6 illustrates yet another embodiment for attaching the strips to the board. In FIG. 6, the board is provided with a plurality of spaced apart upstanding rib With the embodiments shown in FIGS. 4 through 7,
the board may be made of a plastic material and the strips of a plastic,'paper, orcomposite material, thus providing a relatively inexpensive monitoring device.
fashion, a table of nutrient values is formed with columns thereof indicating the amount of specific food properties eaten.
Several additional strips represented by strip 38 are provided blank and may be imprinted or written on for unusual foods not contained in the plurality of preprinted food strips, or for such additional food properties not included in the headings provided on strip 14 or on board 10. Such properties might include essential minerals or other food traces. Additionally, the strips may be provided with written information relating to different diets for research use with different patients. At this point it is contemplated that the pre-printed strips will contain the most commonly used foods and food properties while it is obvious that other foods and food properties may also be pre-printed on such strips.
A compartmentalized storage deviceor holder 40 is provided including a plurality of dividers 41 which enable the strips to be alphabetically stored for easy retrieval. Other arrangements for storing the strips may be provided in accordance with the number of compartments available.
FIGS. 3 through 7 illustrate various embodiments for attachingthe strips to the board. FIG. 3 illustrates the board 10 being of a metallic or magnetic construction and strips 12, 14 and 38 attached thereto by magnetic coupling action. When the board is metallic in nature, the strips are magnetic, while when the board is magnetized, the strips are metallic.
FIG. 4 illustrates the board 10 having a plurality of slots or apertures 42 which serve as female receptacle members for male plug members 44. Each strip may be provided with a pair of slots or apertures at the ends of the strips which align with apertures 42 of the board. When the strips are in place, the male plug members 44 are placed through the aligned apertures to rigidly hold the strip in place. As an alternative embodiment, the male plug members may be integrally formed at the ends of the strips to be placed in slots 42.
FIG. 5 illustrates yet another embodiment for attaching the strips to the board. In particular, a plurality of projecting members 46 are integrally formed with the board projecting upwardly therefrom. Each strip is The strips are durable and will not crack, tear or crease easily and are capable of clearly displaying pre-printed indicia carried thereon. The board and strips may be attractive, inexpensive, yet durable and suited for repetitive use. 1
The present invention provides a method and apparatus which eliminates the need to write down as many as 250 separate figures which was previously required. In particular, each user essentially forms his own table relating to important food properties and simply totals the amount of such properties consumed during a day. The'individual when totaling his intake of vitamins, calories, etc., selects the strip representing each food item and places it on the board. When all the strips have been selected corresponding to the food eaten during a pre-determined time period and placed on the board, columns will be formed as illustrated in FIG. 1. The user simply totals each column to determine the total amount of important food properties consumed.
The board illustratively might be square, having 9 inch sides with each strip being approximately threeeighths inch 'wide. Approximately 30 such strips could be handled by such a board which normally would be enough for most users. It may be appreciated that other sizes and dimensions and materials may be utilized for the strips, board, and storage device, and other methods of attaching the strips to the board may be devised by those of ordinary skill in the art.
It will be thus be seen that the objects set forth above, among those made apparent from the preceding description, are efficiently attained and, since certain changes may be made in the above method and apparatus without departing from the scope of the invention, it is intended that all matter contained in the above description and shown in the accompanying drawings shall be interpreted as illustrative and not in a limiting sense.
1. A food intake monitor device for monitoring the properties of foods eaten during a pre-determined period of time comprising a board, said board being relatively flat, a plurality of strips, each of said plurality of strips being of substantially equal length extending substantially across the entire width of said board, each of said plurality of strips including indicia representing a specific food and the amount of vitamins, minerals,
respective food properties so that the total amounts of food properties consumed is readily determinable.
2. A device as set forth in claim 1, wherein said means for attaching said plurality of strips to said board is provided with magnetic means.
3. A-device as set forth in claim 1, wherein each of said plurality of strips is provided with two ends, a pair of male plug members each of said pair of male plug members being integrally formed at respective ones of said two ends of each of said plurality of strips, said board being provided with a plurality of female receptacle members, said female receptacle members forming two columns, each of said two columns being located at opposite sides of said board, said male plug members cooperating with respective ones of said female receptacle members to attach said strips to said board. I
4. A device as set forth in claim 1, wherein said board is made of a plastic type material.
5. A device as set forth in claim 1, wherein said board I is made of a magnetized material.