Sunday, April 18, 2010
Often I enter my food in the nutrition tracker before I eat it. One of the advantages of that technique is then I eat more confidently. Entering the whole day or the whole week ahead of time and adjusting for any last minute changes (Did you eat the last banana, dear?) is a strategy I'd like to try. However, my hubby really likes to choose his meal based on how he feels an hour or two before. So I may never get that organized. But yesterday I had a scare because I chose to enter my food after I had already eaten.
At supper time I was busy trying to get it all on the table hot and I had drop in visitors. Very welcome, but they didn't want to stay for dinner and by the time they left, I was rewarming and just didn't take the time to enter my food first. I wasn't certain how many calories I had left, but thought I could estimate.
After supper I sat down and entered my meal. I was prepared that I might go just a little over my totals for the day. But I was shocked when I saw 2,600+ calories as the total. I wondered what in the heck I had eaten to bring a total way over what I had anticipated. I scanned the list.
There it was. My 1 teaspoon of canola oil was counted as 884 calories. Whew!! I deleted that entry and carefully selected the canola oil in the SparkPeople database for about 40 calories, not the one that had been entered by a member. So then I was just 6 calories over for the day. Much better.
I went back in and reported the error in the database. It is still there this morning, but it is Sunday and I'm sure they will get to it before long. That is a reminder to heed what SP tells you. The nutrition info entered by fellow members may not be accurate.