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An Inappropriate Goal of SparkCoach for Diabetics


Friday, April 12, 2013

Today's suggested goal for tomorrow is no eating after 7 PM. For a diabetic like myself, this is dangerous since I am supposed to have a small snack a while before bed to keep my blood sugar stable during the night.

So, of course, I will plan my snack, and not eat more than that!
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Member Comments About This Blog Post:
MOMMA_BEAR_69 4/22/2013 11:01PM

    As a diabetic, you have to do what is best for you!!! WAY TO GO!!!
Blessings and hugs,
Helen

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MRSP90X 4/18/2013 7:00PM

    I don't use Sparkcoach, but I changed my nutrition plan for one without diabetes. I was not able to change the carb and protein amount as it said that the diabetic plan could not be changed. It had me at way too many carbs for me to lose weight on, and I wasn't able to change the nutrition goals until I switched my nutrition plan so I could lower the carbs and increase the protein. I don't eat breakfast, but protein before bed is aways wise.

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TEENYSMOM 4/18/2013 11:42AM

    THANKFULLY, I DO NOT HAVE DIABETES. BUT I HAVE TO EAT A SMALL SNACK BEFORE I GO TO BED. IF I DON'T I AM HUNGRY BEFORE I GO TO SLEEP AND CAN'T GET TO SLEEP TILL I DO EAT A SNACK. OR I WILL WAKE UP IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT AND CAN'T GET BACK TO SLEEP BECAUSE OF BEING HUNGRY.

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RURAL3 4/17/2013 11:23AM

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DRAGONCHILDE 4/14/2013 10:30AM

    Make sure you report this issue to Sparkpeople directly; they don't often read user blogs, so post over in Site TEchnical help, or email them directly to let them know that's not good!

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LOGOULD 4/14/2013 7:21AM

    Good for you - and many others!!! Even doctors get it wrong sometimes. One of the beauties of this program is that it can be customized for each individual and if we work th program for very long, we get to learn so much about our own bodies and what will work (and will not work) for ourselves. Thanks for making others aware that there are no hard and fast rules for everyone - except maybe drink your water!

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MILLIE-MILOU 4/14/2013 7:19AM

    Hmm, I don't think 'spark goals' are set in stone.
You obviously need your pre bed snack for health reasons. Maybe the spark coach didn't realise or write the challenge with diabetics in mind.

R x

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CAROLFAITHWALKR 4/13/2013 10:21PM

    I hope everyone "Likes" your blog so it will draw attention to be corrected by SP.

I found several errors in the trivia for points SP feature, and many errors in SP's quizzes. I no longer do trivia at all so I don't know if they've been corrected; but I know for sure that the quizzes' "correct" answers that are incorrect, have not been corrected. So I no longer read them. I just pick the bottommost answer in the quizzes and click through to the end.

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FLMOMX2 4/13/2013 10:02PM

    Nellie--you are spot on!!

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67YKCEB 4/13/2013 8:33PM

    I agree with you! Sometimes you got to do what is best for you.

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MISSCUS 4/13/2013 6:10PM

    I agree, I need that protein bedtime snack. Do what works for you. I did not find Spark Coach program to be very helpful or above what I was already doing. So I did not renew. It was worth a try though, and they did send two DVD exercise programs I can do at home. It kind of made up for what I paid initially.

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JUDSTERF 4/13/2013 2:52PM

    I'll be having my diabetic snack before bed myself. I have enough hypo BS's to begin with.

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SADIEDOLORES 4/13/2013 10:30AM

    YOU KNOW WHAT YOUR BODY NEEDS, COACHES CAN GET IT WRONG.
SADIE

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WARMSPRINGDAY 4/13/2013 9:01AM

    Absolutely, do what is right for you.

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JAMER123 4/13/2013 12:24AM

    The diabetic meal plan has an evening snack built in to the program. I have a very late snack and don't have a weight gain from it as it is just part of my plan. If you don't have the diabetic plan, go to your account page and check that you have diabetes and they will put the food tracker up for you. Otherwise, follow your plan. Good luck to you!!

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FLEMIDG 4/13/2013 12:00AM

    I agree you have to do what is best for your health. Hope things go well for you.

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PATRICIAAK 4/12/2013 11:59PM

    A general rule of thumb for diabetics is a bedtime snack that includes protein.

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BRAVELUTE 4/12/2013 11:44PM

    Are they changing their thoughts on this subject? I understood from everything I read that it made no difference when you ate whatever, and that wasn't right for my mom either (diagnosis last July). She had difficulties with the snack she ate at 9:00 when she took her blood pressure medication. If that snack was only carbs, or largely carbs, her sugar tested high in the morning. She had no problem with the same snacks if she ate them mid morning or mid afternoon, or as part of a meal. Switching to mainly protein snack at 9:00 p.m. made a huge difference for her.

I'm sure the spark coaches would say to follow your doctor's orders, no matter what the diagnosis or prescription about how to handle your plan. But it does seem strange to make a blanket challenge when there are so many different types of people following the coach program.

Did you send your concerns to Spark Coach?

Comment edited on: 4/12/2013 11:49:52 PM

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TIMOTHYNOHE 4/12/2013 11:38PM

    You have to be flexible and adapt as is necessary for your situation.

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