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Friday, December 07, 2012

Am I slow?
Just figured out, after 2 years on SP, if you put food into groups and enter those groups into your food tracker, you earn fewer points then if you enter those same foods separately.
It is easier to enter the foods as a group, but if you need a few extra points for the day it maybe better to enter those foods individually.

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MIATIA1 12/14/2012 9:33AM

    I plan whole meals and make them a food group breakfast lunch and dinner and have now got a pretty good file of meals to go to so tracking is now a cinch and there is always some little extra touch of something I add that can be listed for extra points....

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TRIANGLE-WOMAN 12/14/2012 5:57AM

    I would not worry about a few more or less points! Do what is most convenient for you and what will...

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KANDOLAKER 12/10/2012 8:39AM

    Didn't realize that the calorie totals change as a group! Thanks for the info!!

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RUN4FOOD 12/8/2012 5:59PM

    Guess I try to do things the easy way. I use groups a lot. It is a lot quicker, but I'm probably not as accurate as all of you.

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MOBYCARP 12/8/2012 4:52PM

    I noticed that about a week after I joined. I still use one grouping regularly, but I manually enter individual foods for the most part. It really doesn't matter, as long as you make 15 entries per day. Since I tend to enter ingredients rather than whole foods, I don't come close to losing Spark Points for using my lonely only food group.

What I've found more convenient is to kind of build a group on the fly. I start with my favorites, search for what I need (e.g., "oats" will bring up steel cut oats), check that, do another search, check that, and I can end up entering 5 or 6 foods at once; they just aren't pre-grouped. And the tracker counts them as individual foods for Spark Points.

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GREENGENES 12/7/2012 11:35PM

    I hadn't noticed that but I've never considered grouping foods either.

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HEALTHIERKEN 12/7/2012 8:34PM

    Did not notice that! I'll have to watch more closely. Thanks for the heads-up :)

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PARKERB2 12/7/2012 7:44PM

    I've never done a food group.

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