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SABLENESS Posts: 4,917
9/23/11 10:58 A

Thanks for clearing up the mystery! I will think twice about clicking on any ad after this.

FL - Eastern Standard Time

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SP_COACH_DENISE Posts: 32,944
9/23/11 10:33 A

SABLENESS - If you are seeing those added to your tracker, that means you clicked on the Glucerna ad, which does say that by clicking on the ad it will add the Glucerna shakes to your tracker for the week. You can remove them individually by clicking on the remove button next to it for each day that it was added to.

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SABLENESS Posts: 4,917
9/23/11 10:19 A

Coach Denise, help! Glucerna shakes keep appearing in my nutrition tracker, and I don't use them. Anything I can do about that? I understand ads support the site, but I don't appreciate unsolicited foods appearing on my list.

FL - Eastern Standard Time

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SP_COACH_DENISE Posts: 32,944
9/23/11 10:02 A

You can manually enter your own food items if you would like. This page has info on how to do that: www.sparkpeople.com/community/help_answer.
asp?id=23
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Coach Denise

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BAKERMOM48 SparkPoints: (6,313)
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9/23/11 8:24 A

I often wondered if I was the only one who thought the food tracking system was tricky. I'm right there with you. I can't figure out how (or if its even possible) to enter your own food item and the calories you KNOW it to be.(?!!) The bread I eat is fewer calories than listed, other items show up way more calories than I know it to be. I don't know what the answer is, but it definitely needs tweaking. emoticon

SABLENESS Posts: 4,917
9/20/11 7:10 P

Yes, I've found it challenging, too. For awhile, I was simply adding up my own totals using a cal count book and online resources, and then finding an equivalent cal total meal, even it if wasn't exactly the same foods, to give me a meal total and a daily total. I've been adding what I'm really eating insofar as I can find it, but I'm still not getting a real nutrition analysis. Even so, I know I'm eating healthier and less and not compulsively. It may not be perfect, but this site is a real inspiration.

FL - Eastern Standard Time

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DOUBLEMONKEYMOM Posts: 59
9/20/11 7:33 A

I suppose a better way to do it would be to list the food name and actual serving size...

Food name, 1 cup


Or something to that effect..

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9/20/11 12:52 A

That would help if your only interested in the calories, however I am more interested in the nutritional values of the food I eat.
When I look up the food I have seen the nutritional information is not correct I enter it myself this way I know my nutrition information is accurate for my health and well being.

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NSTARSMITH Posts: 3,650
9/15/11 1:02 P

Yes, when I was brand new to tracking it was very puzzling. I am getting the hang of how to express the food name to find it. But I also am liking entering foods myself.

Youll get where you want to go as long as you are taking more steps in the right direction than the wrong one.
DOUBLEMONKEYMOM Posts: 59
9/15/11 11:10 A

Thank you! :)

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SP_COACH_DENISE Posts: 32,944
9/15/11 10:50 A

Thanks for the suggestion, I'll pass this along as well.

Coach Denise

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DOUBLEMONKEYMOM Posts: 59
9/15/11 10:38 A

There have been several times when entering a food into my tracker that ends up becoming a research project... at least that's what it feels like. It seems that serving sizes and calorie counts vary based on package sizes and serving sizes sold in your area (or at least so it seems). I can enter a National brand food item, only to find there are several entries (and not just on the members manual entries listing). It then becomes a peck and find method to match the calorie count and serving size with the information I have on a package in front of me. Short of adding even more entries for the same exact food item, has anyone ever suggested listing the calories per serving next to the food item name?

For example, right now you see this: (random example)

"Food A"

It could be formatted something like this:

"Food A, 1srvg, 210 calories"


Now.... I know that the the calorie count is not the only thing we're interested in, but it gives a better guideline for selecting items for your tracker. It would make it less frustrating possibly for those struggling to track on a regular basis. I track daily and I still have meals where I give up just because I don't have the time or patience to go through 15 listings for one item I ate that day. (True, sometimes the difference in values are negligable, and I can just use any listing for a general idea, but I guess the importance of that depends on who you are and your personality.)


Just a suggestion. Thanks!

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