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.