Yep, speaking as another kiwi, I've entered virtually everything I eat in my tracker manually. You only do each item once, and then it's available for use again. It's really quite quick and easy and you get into the habit of it.
What I did early on was, when I got home with the grocery shopping, I'd pop into the study with any item I knew I didn't already have on the tracker and add its details from the packaging then and there. That way they were available when I wanted.
You can either turn meal plans themselves off (as I did), or you can leave them on for suggestions, and then just manually enter what you did actually eat. Eg if they suggest a wheat based meal and some fruit and yoghurt after, you might manually enter a GF comparative food, and then fruit and greek yogurt for after.
While it may take a little work at the first, adding the foods you eat to your tracker (favs), and your recipe database is the best way to go.
It's necessary for people with specialty diets/menus, often. Just a fact of life. SP cannot incorporate EVERY possibility, and is based in one location (North America, and likely US), so even I, who live in rural Canada, cannot access many of the products in their current database, even if my menu were not different.
You can add your own foods and when you save it to your tracker, make sure you save it to your favorites. It's not even that time-consuming; it is SUPER easy. I have done that with a lot of my food, as I use store brands and most of the time they aren't in there. When you get to the 'my nutrition page', there is a link in the box in the search area that says 'enter a food not listed', and just go from there.
Don't give up! Like I said, it's super easy and once it's in your favorites, it'll be so easy to track the next time.
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Many of us have allergy issues (me included). There can be another issue too - many of us live in the Southern Hemisphere so what appears on the meal plan is out of season here, OR we just can't get it, anyway.
I suggest that you use the foods that you CAN eat - enter the nutritional information into the 'enter your own food' and save it to your favourites. Nearly all of my food is entered that way. That way you can easily substitute - i.e. if the recipe calls for milk - use Soy Milk or Rice Milk etc. (check that they are protein/calcium fortified) Otherwise, you can turn the meal planner off and just do your own. You have the calorie range and the nutritional ranges re fats/carbs/protein that you want to track, and you can also track some other nutrients as well, BUT having said that, be aware that by law not all have to be on the label, so you could get more than you realize.
It may take a little while to build up your own data base in the favourites, but once they are there, they are there until you choose to remove them. Be careful importing other members' foods - often there are mistakes in them.
Good luck, Kris
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I am alergic to wheat, I eat Udis GF bread. I don't have regular yogurt, but Greek yogurt due to whey issues.
Those are not in the meal tracker. I just got here and already feel frustrated.
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