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CARTOON3 SparkPoints: (36,232)
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3/15/13 6:08 P

I love the one here on sparks people.

NIKKIKERN12 Posts: 766
3/15/13 1:22 P

I use my own since I am a picky eater.

MUSCATDBQ SparkPoints: (3,450)
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3/15/13 1:10 P

I make my own choices. As a single person, it would be way too expensive to buy all the foods on the plans and then only use part of the package because they don't have you eat English muffins, for example, every day for 6 days to use up the whole pack. Also, out of season fruits and veggies are not in the budget. I realize you can swap out and/or freeze leftovers, but if you're going to do that much work, you may as well make up your own meal with stuff you actually like.

AMDODSON12 SparkPoints: (0)
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3/15/13 12:27 P

I make my own choices. I do go back and review my food choices to see where I can tweak it for better nutrition. Good luck to you on your journey!

DRAGONCHILDE SparkPoints: (61,313)
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3/15/13 10:56 A

My husband won't eat 90% of the food provided on SP's meal plans. It's not feasible nor affordable for me to follow them, so I use my own foods, based on the government food plate, and track those accurately. Weighing and measuring is SUPER important... if I eyeball it, like most people, I tend to underestimate!

MINI-ME-2B Posts: 9,291
3/15/13 10:12 A

I like to plan my own meals and just enter them. I can't handle anyone else telling me what to eat when.

DIDS70 Posts: 5,368
3/15/13 9:49 A

My lifestyle choice is not available on meal plans. i am vegan raw. I don't do vegetarian because they use the dreaded tofu and dairy. I don't touch soy and I don't do dairy. i find it easier to make my own plans. i also don't cook food over 115 degrees. If i want soup or something, I warm it up in my dehydrator to just a little above body temp.

CMCOLE Posts: 2,667
3/15/13 7:21 A

As my hubby is not eating the same menu, and has dietary limitations (allergies), it is better for me to create my own menu, and enter those in the tracker

INAFFIT319 SparkPoints: (12,340)
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3/15/13 6:50 A

When I started, I followed spark's meal plans...even the weird ones, lol. Then gradually I started swapping items until I worked my way up to just creating my own meals altogether. For me, using their plans helped me to understand what balanced meals are like.

SLIMMERKIWI SparkPoints: (247,333)
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3/15/13 6:49 A

I plan my own menus based on what *I* like and what *I* feel like at any given time. I look on food as an art, and pleasurable (not in the crave/binge sense) and am guided by what I fancy at any given time. I would hate to eat a meal just because a 'site planner' told me that was the meal plan. It would take my enjoyment away. Mind you, I know that there are many who swear by it, and mostly they appear to be ones who find it difficult to make healthy choices unaided, or have difficulty with cooking.

The other thing is that many of us live in a totally different season/country and some of the foods in the planner we don't get here; haven't heard of them; or are out of season.


MISSRUTH Posts: 4,271
3/15/13 6:39 A

I choose my own. Sometimes it seems like the Nutrition Tracker comes up with some odd choices; I'm not vegetarian and didn't choose the "vegetarian" option, but it will give me a week of no meat. Maybe it's a subliminal suggestion! lol. At any rate, I find it easier to plan my own food.

I can see where it could be really helpful to some people, though; it gives you an idea of how to plan your meals each day with proteins, fats, carbs spread out over the course of the day.

TWININGS12 SparkPoints: (17,330)
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3/15/13 6:28 A

Do you choose your own food on the nutrition tracker or do you let SP give you choices?

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