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** Need Some Help on my foods...**

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

I always said I need to work on my portion control. But tell you the truth. I really don't know yet, What portion to work with, how much portion to control with. For me to follow my healthy foods diet and exercise plan, and become healthy and fit.

I realized, I need to learn more about " THE FOOD " it self. Like how many calorie my favorite veggie and fruits smoothie has, or mixed bean soup with squash and chorizo, and Mangu (plantain) with garlic and green onion. I have no idea how much calorie I am consuming, when I eating those of my favorite food. Actually, don't knows most of foods. How people determine their calorie if you cook your own foods? It's easy if you follow the recipe maybe. They already indicated how much calorie there is. But how about home made stuff? How do you know how much is that of calories the meals you are making?

I really would like to have better relationship with foods. If I understands better, I can have more choice or have better choice. And how much to eat. I often hear " you should eat at least 5 or 6 serving of veggies and fruits." How much is the 5 serving? How do you determined 1 serving size.? What is a complex carbs vs. simple carbs? I don't know so many things about foods and there are so many to learn about. I need some little bit of help here for lead me to right directions on my foods journey. I have started to track my foods here on SP. The foods tracker is very helpful. But there are so many foods its not listed there, and I have no idea how to log in some of the foods I eat. Most of the time I log the foods closed to it. But sometime, it is very frustrating and make me want to give up and quite tracking.

I would like to know, how people learned about foods, calorie and tracking?
Is there any suggestion or books teaches me about foods and calories?
Any good web site maybe I can go to?

*Thank you for reading my blog, your time and support. Any thoughts, ideas, reflections you have would be greatly appreciated! thank you (*^_^*)

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    I was wondering if you still had questions about keeping track of your foods or if you've got enough information to go on.

    I sometimes find SparkPeople's tracking system a bit frustrating when particular foods aren't in there. Much of the time, I just track my calories on a piece of paper. But I definitely like SparkPeople's report at the end of the day. Have you used that? It tells you if you have gotten enough of certain nutrients (or too much).

    Let us know if you have any more questions!
    1871 days ago
    It is a lot of work at first to enter your foods in to the food tracker but once they are there it is easy to keep track of things. Yes it is frustrating at first and overwhelming. I'm older so find things harder to find on the internet. I bought a book years ago from my local bookstore that has a lot of foods in it. With homemade food, once you find out the calories of a food, you just add all the totals of the food you put in your soup then divide it into servings.

    I found a few things for you. Chorizo is very high in fat and calories. I link 2 oz. is 273 calories and 23 g. of fat. Plantain is 89 calories for 1/2 cup.
    1875 days ago

    Comment edited on: 1/31/2013 4:22:54 AM
  • SH9719
    Recipes are the best way to track. After that read the container the food came in. That will give you the serving size and calories for the food much of the time. But, you will find that someone has probably already entered that food and you can find it using the search tool in the food tracker. If you are in doubt you can select a pre-entered foord and look up its nutrition information and compare it to the package. If you enter something you eat a lot, mark it as a favorte so you can just select it from your favorite list. If it is not on the package and you cannot find it using a search of SP, do a general web search. There are a lot of sites that will post nutrition information on foods. You can manually enter the information from these sites and add that to your tracker. If you go to the message boards there are a number of help threads that are often monitored by SP coaches and they are more than willing to help.
    1875 days ago
    I see you got some good advice, I hope it gives you all the help you need. If not, just reach out again!

    1876 days ago
  • KIMPY225
    Have you tried using the Spark recipe calculator? That may help you out a bit.
    1876 days ago
  • POPSY190
    This site has a section on good sites for calorie lists.

    Other than that, I do what ITSMATT does and make my own recipes to add to my favourites; I also use the search for other members' entries and if I don't find what I need there (living in NZ means most American or British entries are no help to me) I enter them myself, especially if the food has the details on a label.
    1876 days ago
  • DALID414
    Don't give up on the food tracker, it's an excellent tool.
    Since you mentioned buying a book, why not take a nutrition class at a community college?
    You can find lists for fruit and veggie servings online, just search: fruit and vegetable serving sizes.
    I hope this helps Mickey.
    1876 days ago
    Hi there - how are you doing?

    So I solve the homemade foods by taking the 10 minutes to create the recipes so I can track them. If you know what's in the recipe, you can get in the ballpark by adding those things to the recipe.

    When there isn't a match in the database, I'll add a new item by looking elsewhere - other sites - for the item and copying the info.

    The nutrition info here on SP is good. I would encourage you to read it all if you have the time.

    Make it a great day!
    1877 days ago
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