Sunday, January 22, 2012
It is to the point where I have to write something about Sparkepeople recipe contributions. It is on my mind and bothering me so if I don't get it down it's on me for letting it get to me. Recipe contributions are not necessarily from expert chefs right? The are from the sparkpeople community. We get to see the nutrition panel on each recipe's ingredients (although there have been times when the numbers posted there did not make sense or seem to agree with the list of ingredients) but that is not the reason for my complaint here.
What I am a little upset about is when you comment on a recipe. I thought if you comment and perhaps say,"a little too high in sodium for my family (i have a husband with diabetes, hi blood pressure and High cholesterol but he is not overweight - I on the other hand have none of those problems, just a weight problem with a handicap where exercising is difficult) so as I was saying I would say "too hi in sodium and fat for me I would leave off half the turkey pepperoni and olives and add in fresh veggies. Thanks for the idea!" I never complain about the numbers without giving some kind of solution. I thought that's what a support site like sparkepeople was all about. But then I would see a comment like 'Try making the recipe instead of all the WAILING AND MOANING and making the poster feel bad'(there was more to it but I guess I've blocked it out). I have seen posts pretty regularly similar to this. I guess making a comment to change a recipe, giving advice is NEGATIVE, and making someone feel bad but saying you're making someone feel bad and being negative and NOT saying anything about the recipe is not. It is always strong language and always very unbecoming.
I am not a perfect person, I guess if I was I wouldn't need support sites like Sparkpeople lol. But I am always careful to point out in my recipe comments when something is too high and a possible solution. It may be alright for most people, but if I cannot make a recipe for my husband to eat, then it is not worth my time and effort because the pain I have to go through to make dinner cannot be wasted making 2 dinners. Plus I thought it would be helpful for those people who have to watch their sodium and fat numbers - I know they are out there. Some of the recipes offered are not really appropriate for Sparkpeople site in my eyes (this is JUST MY OPINION) but I am careful as to what I say. I always say what numbers are to high and offer a small adjustment to help out - give some kind of solution. That is not negative and mean, it is supportive and helpful. Cutting someone down for being like that is nasty and negative and I wish people could understand the difference. It would make Sparkpeople a nicer place to visit. It is one reason I stay quiet most of the time because when I do say something I usually get a negative response, maybe it's my delivery. But unless you've limped a mile in my shoes using my crutches, you have no ides the road I have traveled.