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Keeping on Track with Tracking

Tuesday, March 05, 2013

Day 4, and I am feeling pretty successful in terms of tracking. It really gives me a chance to focus on my food choices and see where I can improve. More protein, less carbs is one thing I am looking at, but I also am looking for ways to increase my potassium. That one is not working out so well for me, but I will keep working on it. Another benefit I notice is that I am better able to stay within my calorie range. I realize that doesn’t automatically happen just because I am tracking, but I am finding that it puts me in a better frame of mind to make it happen.

All in all, I believe I am making progress!
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    tracking is really the key! I switched from SP to a different database because they have way more german products.
    1781 days ago
    Tracking is crucial, so good for you!
    1781 days ago
    1781 days ago
  • TEXANMOM81275
    1781 days ago
    A lot of what's in the SparkPeople database is from the nutrition labels on packaged foods. Nutrition labels are not required to report the potassium content. The only required items are Serving Size, servings per container, calories, calories from fat, total fat (grams), Saturated fat (grams), cholesterol (mg), Sodium (mg), Total Carbs (grams), Fiber (grams), Sugars (grams), Protein (grams), Vit A (% daily value), Vit C (% daily value), Calcium (% daily value), and Iron (% daily value). Any other nutrients are optional, and may not be included on the label. So if you are eating some packaged foods, the spark database may not have any value for potassium for that food, making your information incomplete. If you are cooking everything yourself from natural foods, the Nutrition Tracker will probably give you an accurate value for Potassium. Just sayin....
    1781 days ago
    Best wishes! Less sodium, more potassium for me, too!
    1781 days ago
  • PCOH051610

    Sounds like you are on the right path!
    1782 days ago
    Hello....potassium is my biggest challenge too.
    Along with high potassium foods, I also take a supplement
    I get over the counter from my pharmacist.
    Nice going on your progress. emoticon

    All the best.
    1782 days ago
  • MOGAL1946
    Good for you! I agree that tracking is such a wonderful tool in helping us see which nutrients we need more of and the ones we need less of! Congratulations on your progress! emoticon
    1782 days ago
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