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1/18/12 1:35 P

Thank you! That is actually very helpful because now instead of trying to find a way to make it work, I know that isn't how it works. Instead of spinning my wheels I will just work around it. The meal plans are super helpful with the prepared grocery lists. It is going to be more time consuming initially to manually enter and change things, but once I get in a rhythm it will hopefully smooth out.

Feels good to stop beating my head against a wall trying to figure out what I'm doing wrong and how to make it work!

SP_COACH_DENISE Posts: 41,621
1/17/12 11:27 P

Sorry, I didn't realize you were using the meal plans. With the grocery list if you have the meal plans, along with your own entries, they will both show up. The only way to not have both show up is to either just use the meal plans OR turn the meal plans off and only track your own food (including recipes).

Sorry I don't have a better answer for you.

Coach Denise

1/17/12 2:38 P

Again, Thank you Denise.

That was what I was doing. The recipe does show up in my tracker, the problem is it adds the recipe to the meal planner as having already been consumed. It doesn't substitute or replace the meal that is automatically generated. I also can't select the recipe to replace it with what is already there, which I could work with except in using the meal planner to plan ahead and prepare a grocery list. I then have a grocery list with all the auto generated foods and the new recipe. The only solution I see is going in to every meal and ingredient by ingredient replacing what is already there with the recipe. Again far too time consuming and tedious.

SP_COACH_DENISE Posts: 41,621
1/17/12 2:18 P

Find the recipe you want to add to your meal planner.
Below the nutritional information is a link that says "Add This Recipe to Meal Planner."
Click on the link that will open a small calendar. Select the date to which you'd like to add the food.
Select the serving size, the meal you'd like to add it to, and check the box if you'd like to save to your favorites for future use.
Click on "Add Food to Today" and the recipe will now show up in your tracker.

Coach Denise

1/17/12 2:14 P

Maybe you can help me figure out the next problem I am having...

So, I found recipes and created a cookbook, but how do I add them to my daily nutrition tracker in order to plan the weeks meals and create a grocery list? The only way I have figured out how to add them is as foods that I already consumed.

Thank you!

1/17/12 2:01 P

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! I had never seen that page! I've already selected several meals for the week! So simple!

This is the page I was using:
s.asp Which I linked to from Finding & Using SparkPeople's Tools: Calorie Counter, Recipes, Weigh-In article on how to find and use tools.

I can't thank you enough!

SP_COACH_DENISE Posts: 41,621
1/17/12 1:50 P

Are you selecting the vegetarian category and still finding fish in there? Have you tried this page?

Coach Denise

1/17/12 1:22 P

I love the SparkPeople site! I am so thankful for all the tools, inspiring stories, and supportive people. However, I have one huge frustration: Vegetarian and Fish are in the same recipe category!

Being vegetarian means I don't eat meat, that includes fish meat! It has been a stumbling block I come up against every I sit down and try to prepare my weekly meals and shopping list using the SparkPeople tools. I am trying to choose healthy meals and recipes that my kids and I will eat, but it is so time consuming trying to sort a vegetarian recipe out from all the fish ones. The meals that come up on automatically on My Nutrition are really bland and repetitive, so I have tried to mine recipes out of the Fish and Vegetarian category. I just don't have time to wade through all the fish, which in turns leaves me feeling frustrated and defeated and I find that I give up and go back to our poor eating habits. I know it's my fault for not trying harder and sticking to it, but my time is limited.

If there is anyway to separate the two categories that would be wonderful! If not, has anyone else been having this same problem? If so, what are you doing to get around it?

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