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FLUTTERBY727 SparkPoints: (2,124)
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11/28/12 12:06 P

good suggestion - thanks!

YOJULEZ SparkPoints: (15,605)
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11/28/12 12:05 P

Something else you could do is find a recipe online for tinga, and then build it in the sparkrecipes recipe builder, and use that. That way you can put in the amounts you think it is. I also hate that so many people just put "1 serving" without specifying what a serving is!

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11/28/12 12:02 P

There is too much of a language barrier for me to ask... it's REALLY authentic. I appreciate the suggestion of just finding what is closest. I just hate that most things say "1 serving" as opposed to ounces or grams.each mini taco has about 2 Tbsp of meat, so I wouldn't guess it was a full serving

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11/28/12 11:31 A

I either try to break down the components in a recipe and add them individually or ask the waitress if she can find out the ingredients for me. Mom and pop places need your business and will often be a great help. I also modify my orders so I know what is in them. I ask for no butter or oil, or to leave the dressing on the side so I can see how much of it I ate. I think it is okay to not be super precise on one meal if you are tracking really well on all the others.

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11/28/12 11:29 A

I like to eat at mom n pop places too. What I do is just try to find the equivalent or something close to it in the tracker. Like last Wednesday we went for Mexican, so I just looked up carne asada, mexican rice, and tortillas separately in the tracker and put in my best guesses.

For the tinga, take a look at a few of the entries and pick the one that's sort of in the middle, or if you want to be extra cautious, just pick the highest one. You can also ask them next time you are there for a rough idea of how they prepare it (if they'll tell you :))

And, remember, in the end, a few hundred calories off for one day is not going to affect your overall weight loss. It takes 3500 calories to gain/lose a pound of fat, so unless you're eating out and guessing every day for at least week or more, it won't really affect things.

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11/28/12 10:31 A

That's the hardest part for me and one reason why I avoid going out to eat. All you can do is guess.

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11/28/12 10:19 A

I had previously asked about how to track home made items, and was thankfully shown the recipe calculator. My new question is this: How do you track things at little mom-and-pop places where they don't have nutrition listed? I love going to these places over chain restaurants any time. Yesterday, I had dinner from this yummy place next to my school called Panaderia y Taqueria. They have these mini tacos on soft corn tortillas. I had 2 with the tinga chicken and 1 with the carnitas. There was about 3-4 oz of meat all together. I topped them with some of the tomatoes from their pico de gallo and just a dash of their hot sauce, plus a sliced radish on the side. I see where there are entries for tinga when you type it in, but since everyone makes theirs differently, how do I know which to use?

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