Monday, January 11, 2010
Small problem with The Spark - still love SparkPeople and the Spark Program!
On page 39 The Spark declares "we don't focus on the ten foods you can never eat again"
but on page 102 there is a listing of foods to be "Avoided (special occasions only)."
What happened to "all foods in moderation?" What happened to each of us having our own "trigger" foods?
Am I the only one to have a problem with this rather long listing of foods to be avoided? I not only worked many of these into my program, but I lost 90 lbs in 16 months by incorporating "forbidden" foods into my meal plans. I have to tell you, I don't remember seeing this listing when I started The Spark Program in 2008.
I am just wondering how other feel about this. This is one of those few times that I am asking for your opinions - not about my writing this blog, only about how you feel about what seems to me to be controversy in the program. (I don't know how to better phrase this sentence, but if I used the incorrect word - please forgive my old and aging brain.)
**edit: Thank you for the opinions! I guess what bothers me the most is "special occasions only" since I incorporate pork-loin, sausage and ribs when I have room for them. I am more concerned with the sodium with ribs and hot-dogs than calories or fat. Once in a while going over on my Sodium isn't that terrible.
I use dark meat chicken because I prefer it even though it contains more calories per ounce/gram. But it is also half the price so moderation is the key word here and I do remove the skin.
I like getting these opinions - some of the "forbidden foods" are healthier for me with my allergies - like I discovered quite by accident that 1 tsp heavy whipping cream in my coffee doesn't upset my stomach like milk or the non-dairy creamers for about 1/3 the calories. And I am allergic to all Soy so I use butter when I feel the need instead of margarine - all margarines are now made with Soy Oil.
I don't like brown rice or whole wheat flour so I use the white - for me this is not a trigger. The worst trigger for me is cookies and they are on my "never" list.
It just seemed to be conflicting information from page 39 to page 102 due to the wording.