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JHAACK39 SparkPoints: (12,340)
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4/29/13 11:36 A

I'm with MISSG180

At first, it can be time consuming.
My wife generally cooks, and instead of bugging her all the time to tell me ingredients (often, she'd just save labels for me) and 90% of the time the particular brand was already in the database. If it was something we used frequently and not in the database, I'd add it. Otherwise, I'd just go with a comparable brand.

I found I used "Boston Market" a lot. If my wife made meatloaf, I'd just use the "Boston Market" meatloaf, figuring it was higher in calories/sodium/etc. and it gave me the extra challenge to eat even better for the next few days.

After awhile, though, you'll find that you do use a lot of "goto" type things. For me, a good example is a black bean corn relish. Sometimes it's a side. Sometimes it goes into chicken stock and becomes a soup. Sometimes it goes in a wrap with some chicken. Having that as a user-added item in the database makes sense and makes entering home made meals easier.

I always have trouble with conversions and serving sizes. I would often note the serving size in the 'title' of the recipe I added to the database. Less thinking later on when you re-use that entry.

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4/29/13 8:28 A

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MISSG180 SparkPoints: (138,115)
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4/29/13 8:16 A

It can be a little frustrating to have to put all the ingredients of a meal into the tracker one at a time, but I often just seek out a reasonable substitute for what I've eaten. The other thing you can do is to take the time to enter everything in once and then create a group for that recipe and save it for future use. Good luck!

Miss G
JAMBABY0 Posts: 15,384
4/29/13 8:01 A

Hi and welcome! So glad you are here to make a change! The food tracker comes with an explanation tutorial but basically if you can put in what you are eating manually putting in what each thing is, calories, carbs etc. or you can look up what you are eating by typing it in the what did you eat bar and and you can get the stats that way by someone who has already looked it up. . Good luck on your journey

SAMBURTONFLACK SparkPoints: (1,523)
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4/29/13 7:33 A

I find it hard to use the food tracker. It doesn't seem user friendly or maybe I'm not understanding how it works.I don't use the planned menus, I make my own food.

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