Yesterday, as I'm sure many of you out there did, I filled out the survey offered by SparkPeople via the Insider link on the front page. I always click the Insider link on the front page to earn 1 Spark point and to keep up on the latest Spark info. Sometimes it's about something new to me, and sometimes it's not. The survey was new, so I went ahead and filled it out.
There were a couple of sections that resulted in unexpected actions. One was related to diabetes. It asked if I or anyone in my household had been diagnosed with any form of diabetes and I checked the box for pre-diabetic. Bill had been diagnosed as pre-diabetic several years before I found Spark People and we cleaned up our act and diet, so that check was truthful.
Another section asked a similar question regarding emotional/hormonal conditions, and I checked the box for depression, for myself. It is what it is, and I'm dealing.
Anyway, this morning, I logged onto SP as I usually do to enter my nutritional information for the day and noticed there's now Blood Glucose Tracker situated just under my Water tracker et.al. Odd, I'd never seen that before. The more I looked at my nutrition page, the more I realized it was vastly different.
New meal ideas (yes, I use the SparkPeople meal planner and suggested meals).
Not only a row for Meal Totals: but now there's a row for Meal Goals. Nice.
Not only a Snack category, but now there's a Snack 2. WooHoo!
Apparently, I've been set up as a Spark-D user, with a diabetic meal plan. I'm not diabetic, that I know of, but I'm going to go with the flow. Why?
The new meal suggestions are a very nice, welcome change from the same ole, same ole. The Meal Goals is great, because before, whenever I would sub my own meal for the suggested one, I had no idea if I was hitting near enough to what I should be consuming.
And really, who's going to argue with a suggested second snack?
I added my own categories of Morning Snack, Afternoon Snack, and Evening Snack, as one simple 'Snack' was not sufficient to cover my whole day. Now with two suggested categories, I can plan better and eliminate my user-added fields.
So, all in all, my Nutrition tracker looks like it received an upgrade, even though I'm sure this isn't new to the site, just to me. I received two extra emails from Spark today - one for diabetes and one for depression. I'll peruse them to see what information I can glean from them and decide whether or not I'd like to keep receiving the emails.
Did any of you take the survey? Did it change or effect any of your tools?