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A&I challenge blog: how has SP changed me?

Monday, December 19, 2011

I joined Spark People several years ago. During the time since then I have lost and gain, been diagnosed with several medical issues, gone on, and off, several meds and basically been riding a roller coaster.

I think if I didn't work in the healthcare field and didn't know a lot about nutrition and was a free thinker then more of the things would be beneficial to me.

SP is very helpful in its articles and as a resource. I can't say it's the end all be all of creation for me like it has been to some people because I am a natually inquisative person and research in many different places, SP being one of them.

I do not tend to track my food because when I'm eating badly I know I am and when I'm eating "good" I follow a low carb regimine which SP is not set up to support. SP does not agree with the concept of eating low carb and is not geared towards supporting low carbers. When I was eating to the food pyramid I ate "options" rather than just picking food/calories and so there wasn't much sense in tracking them.

What I do find most helpful in SP are the groups. The information, support and connection with other people is very helpful. I have found out a lot of things that you can't really research in conventional places because they are experienced by the patient, not quantified by a study or lab. There's a name for this but I can't think of it off hand. I also greatly appreciate the support and care expressed by other group users and the "friends" I have made here. That in itself is a huge benefit of SP.
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    You have found the things that are helpful to you at Spark. That's wonderful. I think there are lots of ways to get healthy and I agree with you that being in the groups makes a huge difference. After all, that's how we met. Bless you, CJ
    2103 days ago
    I'm very thankful you joined SparkPeople. You are a wonderful person and you led me to A&I.

    2103 days ago
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    2104 days ago
    PS...everytime I visit your page, I just love the colors and background! (I'd like to use them in a quilt...they are brilliant!)
    2104 days ago
    Hi! I'm with you on the carb issue! I don't know if this would help, but I came across this in my nutrition tracker. I went in and adjusted the "daily ranges" for proteins and carbs. That way, my tracker was 'fitted' to my own ranges...higher on the protein....lower on the carbs.

    2104 days ago
    I agree about the way SP is set up for food. I try to eat "good" carbs rather than "low" carbs (whole wheat pasta, real potatoes, whole grain bread - often home made - and so on), but I also try to eat higher protein. Since I'm lactose intolerant, I try to limit my milk intake (lactase pills are expensive), and J doesn't like seafood so tuna (high protein, low fat) isn't something I buy often. On top of that, I don't like peanut butter, and vegetarian protein (i.e., that formed out of beans and such) doesn't work for me since I need high protein to help with my brain function (this is just one of the many ways I try to mange my ADHD). This means that most of my protein has to be animal protein. I try to choose leaner cuts and lean ground beef, but even so - you're looking at more fat than you'd have otherwise. The only thing I do feel I need to change about my diet is how much vegetables I eat: definitely not enough!
    2105 days ago
  • BARBIE176
    Great blog. I agree that the groups and people on the site are awesome and make this site worthwhile. I too agree about low carb being helpful, but I do believe tracking is helpful for me. I just want to know where I am on calories, protein, fat and carbs whether or not I agree with the percentages SP says I should have. Keep up the good work and you will achieve your goals!
    2105 days ago
    I have started doing the low carb thing myself but I don't use the food tracker because I pretty much know how many calories I'm eating. I agree with you though on the groups. I'm glad we are team members this month and glad to have you as a Spark friend!

    2105 days ago
    I have found most of my success when eating low carb, and I would still do the tracker. There are several great low carb teams you can check out. I need to get back on low carb again, because I always feel better when I'm off sugar and grains. I can get all my carbs from fruits and veggies.
    2105 days ago
    I'm a low carber too -- and I have just learned to ignore a lot of what SP offers. I've found groups whose members share my mindset. I've made many of them SparkFriends, and I follow their blogs and their journeys. I find that aspect to be super helpful, even if I don't think the articles are... my cup of tea.
    2105 days ago
    I also follow a low carb regime. I still use the food tracker to help me keep track of the calories and carbs.

    2106 days ago
    I was surprised at how helpful it's been to be involved with a Sparkpeople team. It's fiendishly hard to stay with any program when you're doing it all by yourself. Having a sympathetic and knowledgable group of people to communicate with makes SUCH a difference!

    Hope you've been feeling better lately!
    2106 days ago
    I agree with you on the groups, specifically the people one "meets" on SP. Suggestions from others, and ideas for me to research are available pretty much whenever I want to look for them.
    Thanks for being a great team member and helping me on my journey!
    2106 days ago
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