besides being able to enter my own unique food preferences, I also love the enter it yourself because it works well my schedule. Also, I think it saves on grocery bills. When you are following someone elses diet plan you can't take advantage of some of the great deals your market may have that week. And I do not the diet busting psychological feelings that I am being denied. If I want a small treat I can have it as long as I fit it into my daily calorie allotment.
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hi there! due to the fact that i eat a mostly vegetarian, non-dairy, no wheat diet, i just input everything myself. i don't go by any of the plans. it takes a lot longer and some days i just don't have it in me, b'cuz i eat foods like goji berries and hemp seeds etc, that aren't listed in the food search but i just do the best i can. if you are going by the plan and it tells you to have 1 cup of milk then, yes i would just do whatever your milk alternative is. or manually add it in as was already mentioned.
not sure if this was remotely helpful or not.
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You can input other items into the meal planner and I would put your substitutions in so you have an accurate picture of what you are eating. Click on "add a food" and search. For things you eat a lot you can add it to your favorites so you don't have to search for it.
You can track other nutrients too, like calcium and iron, so you can keep an eye on that. click "change nutrition goals".
I think these things will answer your questions and help you know if you are on track. Good luck!
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Maybe i should give more clarification. I have not been able to drink/eat/consume lactose for about 20 years now. I have tried soy, i love it and there are many non-dairy based products. My main questions revolve around what are the exchange rates. i guess. Like if the meal planner says one cup of milk, can i drink soy milk and it gives me all the same nutrients that i need? Thanks.. And by all means try the non-dairy cheeses and ice creams. Thanks for all responses. Jennifer
I've been dropping dairy out of of my diet lately too.
I went cold turkey for two weeks, and I"m looking for alternatives too.
I've started to drink soy. It is a flavor that takes getting used to. I started out with soy chai lattes! The chai covered the soy flavor. but this morning i had soy in my cereal... ok it was the chocolate soy but it is beginning to taste better.
I wonder if there is a cheese alternative, cause more that anything I miss cheese.
Hey Guys, So this is really starting to sink in and I am starting to see results. LOVING IT!!! So, i have been using the meal recommendations and really enjoy it, but i am lactose intolerant and would love some non-dairy options with the meal plans. So far I have just been skipping them, but i know i am missing some good fats and calcium (i do take supliments also) but.... So I have checked all the options (i.e., low sodium, no red meat/pork etc) but don't see an option for no dairy. Any thoughts or suggestions? thanks, Jennifer
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