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SAMIAP
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Fitness Minutes: (465)
Posts: 3
9/6/12 7:27 P

Yeah, I can just be more careful about measuring while cooking :)

Thanks!



MAGGIEMURPHY4
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Posts: 936
9/6/12 4:15 P

Since I started tracking my calories...I weighed and measured everything. I use the recipe calculator on spark. I would determine what a serving size was and how many were in the recipe and let spark calculated all the nutritional data. Even that isn't an exact science, but it is a close estimate.

If it was something I ate that I had no clue...I would track the ingredients separately on my food log and estimate on the high side by looking in my bowl and say 1/4 Cup beans, 3oz meat. 1/2 large carrot, 1/4 celery stick.

Now I use the recipe calculator and measure and weigh everything out.



SAMIAP
SparkPoints: (451)
Fitness Minutes: (465)
Posts: 3
9/6/12 3:49 P

Any tips on how to track calories when I'm not using a recipe? I often cook "out of my head", and just add in foods, especially with soups. I don't really know how many servings are in the entire recipe, or exactly how much of each ingredient I used.

Example: I made a beef stew with garbanzo beans (that I cooked myself and had in the freezer), a can of tomatoes, some broth, some carrots, an onion, and some celery. I put it all in the crock pot.

I could have weighed the beef and measured the beans, but didn't. Now I don't know how many servings are in the stew, and have no idea what the calories are.

Anyone else run into this, or have any tips?



 
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