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Quick Vent About Food Tracker - Maybe Someone Can Help

Tuesday, July 09, 2013

This is my second time around with Spark People, and now I remember why I didn't stick with it before. Over all it is a wonderful site with so many good things, but when something as important as the food tracker frustrates me so, I wonder if I will ever overcome this problem.

It won't let me set up my food the way I want to. I cannot change the format from 3 meals/2 snacks a day. I even asked FAQ and they said it is the default and cannot be changed. I do not eat snacks and I do not want to eat snacks. It makes it harder to track and stay within the limits per meal. I end up trying to split my lunch and dinner between the 2 snacks, but it seems impossible to get everything to fit. It is bad enough that I can't choose my ratio of protein/carbs/fat because I'm on the Diabetes plan, but to not even be able to choose how many times I eat a day seems ridiculous to me.

Also, it is so so so SO hard to get each nutrient in the correct range for each meal. If I get enough of one category it makes another category too much or too little. I add something and then subtract it because it doesn't stay in all the ranges, so I add something else. On and on it goes until I can't even remember what I have available in my kitchen to eat. Going through this every meal makes me insane! Maybe I am overlooking something; maybe someone has a suggestion to save my sanity.

Please don't tell me that I don't have to have every single category in range for every meal. It is important to me that I do have every single category in range for every meal. If that is the only solution, then to me, that is no solution at all.

Ok, I'm going to take a deep breath, go back into the kitchen, and eat whatever the hell I want! No, I want to, but I will not. I will take the deep breath and go back into the kitchen, and keep playing ring around the rosie with my food until I find something that works.

note: I am not an angry person, and I am not a complainer. I hate feeling this way. I. Am. Just. So. Frustrated!
  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

ANRRN12 7/23/2013 5:45PM

    The food tracker also frustrates takes me sooo much time finding and entering the different foods that I never stick with it. That is why I am just skipping it altogether for now. I have even tried other phone apps but it is just too much for me, so I focus on my fitness more (for now anyway).

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TERRIJ7 7/12/2013 2:07PM

    Don't let a little thing like the tracker derail you. Remember that it is a TOOL that is available to help you. If it doesn't help you, don't use it right now. I tend to be an "all-or-nothing" person and like to fill in every single space too; however, the tracker is YOUR tool so learn to make it work for you. I have added snacks to mine because I've found that I do much better on 5-6 mini meals (300 calories or less) throughout the day. So I've added a "Mid-morning" and an "After dinner" to mine.

Like Lindie, I also eat pretty much the same things so I've made food groupings like, "breakfast burrito" or "egg, toast & coffee" so that I can just hit one button. The meal tracker can be tedious and I'm not dealing with diabetes so am not as concerned with every little nutrient so it may be more difficult for you. My advice is not to allow it to frustrate you to the point of giving up. You are the boss--make it work for you!

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LECATES 7/11/2013 7:14AM

    Remember these are only recommendations---and we all have problems getting in the ranges every day---hard to believe but often my fats count were low when tracking---even carbs at times. The only thing I really work on is the number of calories---figure the other things will balance out in the end.

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LINDIEMAE 7/10/2013 11:29PM

    Good suggestion from Anne, which would have been what I would have told it too. You can change the nutritional values to the range you want, I know I did. But getting in each meal will depend on what other people put in for the product.

You almost have to start from scratch and build your own as you go along. I did a lot of recipes that I was doing the time.

I also did food groupings so that could click on one and send it where I wanted it to go. Being a creature of habit I tend to eat the same things.

Try a manual diary first with the information, and then if that works then don't worry bout the tracker, there are other things here that are just as valid.

This tracker can be daunting and its why I stopped tracking. BUT once set up to your particular needs, you should be able to track ok. emoticon

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ILUVTTV 7/10/2013 6:11AM

    Tina, I'm not super good with the Food Tracker myself. Would it be helpful for you to write what you eat down in a journal and at the end of the day try putting into the tracker? Even if you can't get it to all enter where it needs to go, you may be able to spread it out.
Don't quit Spark if you can't get it to work...stay here for the support!

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