Sunday, December 04, 2011
I'm going to make this really simple.
Go to your pantry and pick up 3 or 4 canned items. I just picked up a Campbell's Cream of Chicken Soup, Ranch Style Pinto Beans, Amy's OrganicTomato Bisque Soup, Del Monte Summer Crisp Corn..
Look at the labels on Your items. Labels in the US are uniform, per standards set by the FDA.
On the label of any item, you'll see Total Carbohydrates - Under that Dietary Fiber - Under that SUGARS. These are PER Serving.
Cream of Chicken Soup - 1 gm
Pinto Beans 1 gm
Corn 4 gms
Amy's Soup 14 gms!
None of these items are "sweets". All of these items have SUGARS. We don't have to agonize over dextrose, sucrose or glucose, or if all carbs have sugars or not. What I'm looking for is right there in the little box labled SUGARS.
SP Nutrition Info knows this too. Any item here includes SUGARS. You can see that when you look at the Nutrition Info for each item. It's listed just like the labels on products. But when you add the item to a meal, the SUGARS are no where to be found in any summary on the tracker page.
Thank you all so much for worrying over my frustration. I'm going to stop now because I can't believe how many people don't understand this simple problem on SP.
It's really a technical problem about the way SP transfers data from its Nutrition Info and puts it on your Tracker page.
All the info is there. SP knows it. The computer knows it. WE know it when we read the Nutrition Data of each item.
ALL I WANT IS FOR THAT LITTLE BOX LABELED "SUGARS" TO BE TOTALLED ON MY TRACKER.
This is the last I'll say on the subject of trying to track the SUGAR in my diet.
I guess I just thought that a site that focuses on Health and Fitness would give us a Food Tracker that includes grams of sugar in our diet.
I love all things SPARK! It's the best site around. But I still think it's important to track sugars. I'll just continue to add it up on an old piece of paper at the end of every day, since my Tracker won't calculate it.
Have a wonderful week and Watch those grams of sugar!
Saturday, December 03, 2011
After gathering comments from SP members about this topic, I am better able to summarize my issue:
IF AN INGREDIENT IS ON THE SP "NUTRITION INFO" FOR A FOOD ITEM, IT SHOULD SURELY BE TRACKABLE ON THE SP NUTRITION DAILY LOG.
Really, it's a simple matter of transfer of data. The data is there in the nutritional info of each food item. It needs to be transferred to the daily food tracker when we add the item to our meal.
Look up an apple. Look at nutritional info. See the entry for SUGAR.
That info just needs to be transferred to the daily food tracker when we add the apple to our meal.
The protein info is added.
The fat info is added.
Why not the sugar info?
I've been reading about nutrition a lot lately and one area of focus is SUGAR. We do seem to love it, don't we?
I read that eating sugar stimulates the same area in the brain that is stimulated by cocaine, heroin and nicotine. Scary, hmmm? Also, eating sugar makes us want more sugar. The more we eat, the more we want, just like those other substances that are not good for your health.
There is no Recommended Daily Allowance (RDA) for sugar. No one has ever said to you, "You need more sugar in your diet", have they? However, I think if we are on a journey to optimal health, we might want to know how much sugar we are really eating, don't you think?
This link just gives the sugar breakdown for a few fruits. It doesn't mention fiber or pectin or any of the other really good things in fruit, but it does give you an idea of the amount of sugar.
I think we all realize that many canned and frozen items contain sugar, even the ones we don't think of as "sweets". So you look at frozen dinners and canned veggies, etc. and check the labels for the grams of sugar inside.
This is all leading up to my QUESTION:
Why doesn't Spark People's nutrition log track grams of sugar? I found that I can add "sucrose" to the nutrients I want to track, but that is only one type of sugar, and after adding it to my list of items to track, I added 10 cups of various fruits to My Nutrition log for today (just to get an idea of the nutrients in various fruits) and only 1 gram of Sucrose showed up. I also found fructose and dextrose but still, there is no TOTAL for SUGAR, even though sugar grams are calculated when you look at the individual nutrition breakdown for each fruit.
When I look at the nutritional info on one medium apple, the SP NUTRITIONAL INFO says there is a little over 13 grams of sugar in it, but I can't seem to track that on my TOTALS for the day. What am I missing?
x This link talks about sugar and that we shouldn't get more than 10% of our calories from it in any given day. (About 50 gms in a 2000 calorie diet.)
Sugar is important. I personally believe it doesn't add anything healthy to our diet and we need to try hard to avoid it because it’s like ingesting slow acting poison. (Not that I’m always able to practice what I preach, but that’s my goal, lol.) I just want to know how to easily track the total on my nutrition report. I think it would be an eye opener, just like when you first began tracking calories and were so AMAZED at how much you were eating.
Anyone have the answer?
Do YOU track the amount of sugar you eat each day?
Karen, trying to be sugar-free.
Sunday, November 27, 2011
You KNOW what binge I mean. The Holiday Binge.
Most of us, be honest, start at Thanksgiving, with all the pies and dressings and varieties of starchy, sugary foods, and eat our way right through Christmas to New Years!
I've done that soooooooooo many times in the past.
Then we see the New Year and we make New Resolutions. How much more ahead of the game would we be if we didn't have to spend months erasing our holiday binge?
I'm inviting you all, encouraging you all, daring you all, to STOP the holiday binge this year, BEFORE it starts.
Of course, you know, the person I'm inviting, encouraging and daring the most, is ME.
Gotta pay attention, stay aware, push away, just say NO.
We'll all be happier come New Years if we do.
I know I will!
Good luck to us all.
PS. Something that helps me, IF I remember to do it, is to THINK about what I'm about to eat. I know what it will taste like and how much fun it will be to eat it, but I have to THINK about how I'll feel AFTER I eat it. Not so good. Stuffed. Bloated. Guilty. Sluggish.
Saturday, November 12, 2011
I was talking with my best friend yesterday about "women who constantly move furniture".
His ex-wife re-arranged the furniture almost weekly. He'd come home from work to an entirely different house, quite often.
I lived in my last house for ten years and once I put the furniture in place, I never moved it again until I moved out. I bought my current house four years ago and seem to be following the same pattern.
I'm a neat and tidy person. I move things to clean under and behind them, but I return them to the same place when I'm done.
Women seem to fall into one of two categories - those who DO and those who NEVER re-arrange furniture, lol.
So, is constantly moving furniture a sign of creativity? If so, I don't have a creative bone in my body and I don't really believe that!
I know at least two women who suffer from depression and they both constantly re-arrange all the furniture in their house.
Does never moving furniture mean your Inner Self is calm, whereas the constant need to move everything symbolizes inner turmoil? Or maybe moving everything is a form of adventure in an otherwise ordinary world?
I was never someone who "decorated" my desk and/or office space either. I prefer to think my "charming personality" told people who and what I was, lol. So maybe material space just isn't very important to me? Although I do like a nice, comfortable, clean house. THAT is important to me.
I guess I should research some psychology books to find the answer. But answers from real-world women are much more fun, lol.
So, DO you move the furniture a lot? Or NOT? And what sort of feelings do you get from it?
Inquiring minds want to know.
Wednesday, October 26, 2011
My mother really wants to be 60 again, with the freedom that good health, good vision, and driving where you want when you want gives you. None of us can grant her wish.
So she’s stuck with being 89, legally blind, needing more and more help from others. She fights ferociously against anyone who tries to help her deal with her limitations. It’s as if when you try to help her with her limitations, you assume the responsibility of causing those limitations.
Since I have been the Number One helper, I’m Public Enemy Number One. The more my sons step in to help – both me and her – the higher they get on that Public Enemy list.
God and the Universe have sent us a remarkable Home Health Care Nurse who has been able to talk her way in the door. She has hit upon the management method of giving my mother CHOICES in her care, to address her fear of losing control. So they have reached an agreement that Home Health care can visit twice a week. They observe while they are there and gradually try to be allowed to do a little more each time.
I’m doing all the behind-the-scenes paperwork, talking to doctors, pharmacists, filling out Medicaid re-certifications, etc. etc. The nurse is working on my mother constantly changing doctors because “that doctor” caused all her problems. No one can convince her she did not even meet “that doctor” until she began having those problems.
My son told my mother, in plain simple language, that if she didn’t let her family help her the State would step in and decide where and how she would live, instead of people who love her. It didn’t seem to sink in at the time, but maybe she is slowly allowing that thought to take hold.
What upsets me the most, are the horrible things she’s said to my sons. They have been the most wonderful grandsons she could have. Almost everything she owns was given to her by them: two a/c window units, ceiling fans, flat screen tvs, washing machine, dinette set. A year and ago they both took off work for a week to get her moved in here. One owns his own business and the other is a federal agent who flew here to Texas from Denver to help move her. She’s never had to pay a cable bill or a phone bill, either. They won’t even tell me what she’s said because they say it would “make you ill, Mom.”
The last time I saw her, I thought she would hit me, so I left. I mean, what do you do when an 89 year old woman strikes you? So my sons and I have decided that I will no longer have ANY contact with her. And it’s really upsetting her. She NEEDS someone to abuse, to yell at, to humiliate in public, and I’ve resigned. She’s having her neighbors call me now, telling me what she “wants”. I’m thanking them and then ignoring it all.
If she needs contact from us, my son will go. I think it’s pretty frustrating for her not to be able to tell me what she’s unhappy about, or how I’m the cause of all her ills.
During this time since her fall, I’ve hand-fed her when she couldn’t feed herself, helped her dress, made all the arrangements I could so her stay in the hospital (4 days) and the nursing home (10 days) and her return home, would be as nice as possible. I had her apartment cleaned, too. Rotten food in the fridge and pantry. Dead gnats in the fridge and freezer. (How does THAT happen?) Enough to get her evicted. And continued with all the paperwork, etc, I’ve always done.
And she hates me more than anyone.
It's not that I miss the wonderful, loving mother she once was, because she has always been the way she is now, except that now she is even worse.
I’ve decided to be an advocate for mySELF now. So I’m resigning my position as an advocate for her.
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