Like many of the other responses, I don't use the meal plans. I've been simply tracking my own nutrition and reviewing the daily reports to see if I need to make any adjustments on where my calories are coming-from.
Don't make it too hard or you'll stop trying. Use it your way.
Just use a daily appt. calendar booklet, or wall calendar, or even buy a cute notebook and write it down, simple. I take mine to the dietitian, so it's easy for her to see it. Keep it simple. You can save the notebooks for future reference, as you get older, you may be surprised by how you change your attitudes about what foods you eat as time goes by.
Plan for tomorrow, but enjoy the heck out of today.
If you click on any food in the meal plan, a list of substitutions will come up. Hopefully that will help, but if you have a lot of dietary restrictions, I agree you might want to consider turning off the meal plan and just tracking your own food. If you do that, you'll still be able to see how you're doing relative to your recommended calorie and nutrient ranges.
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I don't use the Spark menus. Turned that function off. I make my own meal plans.
"Crystallize your goals. Make a plan for achieving them and set yourself a deadline. Then, with supreme confidence, determination and disregard for obstacles and other people's criticisms, carry out your plan." ~ Paul J. Meyer ~
Eat what you like,,, that is what most of us here do!
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I don't eat dairy...I drink rice or almond milk...I do eat some fish but no other meats. I don't do soy or most breads, per say. There are no substitutes on my daily choices? Is this even going to work for me?
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