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5/2/12 9:33 P

That does make sense. I am training really hard this year, and I realize that I'm going to have to be extra careful about electrolytes as we go into the summer weather.

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5/2/12 9:03 P

I guess the reason I'm so fussy about nutrients is that back in 2004 I had a set of scary symptoms that eventually proved to be due to potassium deficiency, brought on by overexertion and ignorance on my part (sport drinks replenish electrolytes? HAH!). It made me more interested in/sensitive to the subject. But again, it seems alot of deficiencies are rare as long as one takes an approach like yours, so I'm not going to sweat it too much.

Edited by: PANCHAK at: 5/2/2012 (21:10)
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5/2/12 6:44 P

I don't get too bent out of shape about things like veggie measurements because the calorie counts are relatively small. I believe in not over-obsessing and instead concentrating on eating healthy foods and staying away from high-cal, nutrionally empty junk.

5/2/12 2:04 P

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5/2/12 12:50 P

Thanks to everyone for the welcome! :)

@ MISSG180 - I've done that pretty diligently and stubbornly and still usually (but not always =:-D) come up dry. The other day I tried adding in fraction amounts of a phosphorus supplement to figure in dairy, but decided it was pretty much pointless. I also wonder how much iron I'm getting that's unlisted, because aside from a couple days of eating beef, I've had to use cream of wheat as a supplement because my tracker insists I only got 50%!

One thing I did find odd - up to now most of the foods give a grams weight option, to which I've gradually become used, but no such luck with sweet red pepper - it's either chopped or sliced or cups :-p

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5/2/12 9:31 A

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5/2/12 8:18 A

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5/2/12 7:45 A

Welcome! I've noticed that about the nutrition info, too. Sometimes the missing labels are due to sloppy input by nonstaff people adding foods. If there are several choices for a given food, check out a couple and see if there is a better version available.

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5/1/12 7:00 P

Hello! I'm a 40-something who's already halfway to his weight goal from a (pre Spark) starting point of 225 pounds, with a nice energy/mood spike to boot :)

I'm also undecided as to user name. In case anyone's wondering, my current one is a variant of the Sanskrit word for 5, a number that's followed me through my life. It makes for a fine temp handle, at least.

My only minor gripe - I know that some foods are missing nutrients, but I understand this is largely due to the limitations of product labels, so I've just decided to not bother tracking the 'invisible' ones when I'm reasonably assured that deficiency is rare. I suppose eventually I'll do up custom entries, but it'll be tedious.

Aside from that I'm very pleased with the site tools and the progress I've made since I got here - my 210 holding pattern has turned into a drop to 205! :) Thanks for the site!

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