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ROBINS-NEST
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3/12/12 5:17 P

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Great advice!

Doing it again! See my other SP forkitless.

Romans 12: 1-2 "Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God's mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God—this is your spiritual act of worship. Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will."


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EXOTEC
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3/12/12 12:58 P

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Welcome to the group! We love new members! Feel free to rummage through our brains for tips and tricks to use for yourself! LOL

So far as the SP perspective ... you have to understand that they're standing on the platform of CW ... I believe their comfort zone doesn't stray too far from there. And honestly, since they're addressing a pretty large sample of the general public, I suppose they feel they don't have the freedom to promote or support anything that might "start something" for those looking to the site for advice and guidance on anything outside of those traditional concepts.

My personal feeling on the matter is that new research and good science shows the validity of a low-carb lifestyle ... and personal experience leaves nothing to doubt about it. But that's my perspective. I'm glad to see others who agree, and to encouage those who have done the research and want to experience the benefits for themselves.

I love the tools available here on the Spark. The Nutrition Tracker has been a great one for me! It's made me accountable and aware of how I'm eating, regardless of what their recommendations are. I've set my own goals and ranges, and I do read my daily feedbacks. Sometimes the suggestions there (canned remarks, naturally) don't apply to my chosen dietary style ... but still, it gives an overview based upon my choices. I especially like the complete breakdown of nutritional values I've made. I put all my supplements on there, and it's helping me make sure I get the micronutrients I think are required for my "diet". Of course, the remarks I get there can be erroneous ... but I believe those canned macros are alerted by being in or out of the ranges you've entered. So they're still mostly valid.

I also wish that SP would be more "friendly" to alternative dietary choices ... I love their featured recipes ... but when I check the values or the ingredients, many of them are wholly outside of anything I could incorporate into my meal plans, and if I leave out those items or try to substitute, they frequently just don't add up to tasty food to me. OTOH, I suppose they can't post recipes for every specific diet out there! Occasionally I find one that's applicable. I just don't depend on it or expect it. It's a happy surprise to find one.

The great thing for me has been the forums. I've gotten so much good advice from other members; and helping others new to the plan has made me do more research in order to give the best information I can find - that helps me learn and refine my own diet too. It's good to see others having some of the same "bumps in the road" that I encounter. I sometimes wonder if I'm just doing something wrong ... but I see others having similar issues and I'm able to just carry on and not become disillusioned or disgusted with myself.

There's lots of good here, and there's some not-so-good too ... but I think the benefits outweigh the detractions, and it's all about taking responsibility for your own nutrition and health anyway. You just have to learn what to take to heart and what to let fall by the way.

...the problem with people these days is
they've forgotten we're really just animals ...
(attributation forgotten)

We did not create the web of life; we are but a strand in it.
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We don't have souls. We ARE souls. We have bodies.
~C.S. Lewis


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3/11/12 10:59 P

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Most of us have become adept at finding what works for us at sparkpeople and what doesn't. I have checked out their meal suggestions before and they would literally put me in a coma. LOL.

-American consumers have no problem with carcinogens, but they will not purchase any product, including floor wax, that has fat in it. - Dave Barry
-My doctor told me to stop having intimate dinners for four; unless there are three other people. - Orson Welles
-The food here is terrible, and the portions are too small. - Woody Allen

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ROBINS-NEST
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3/11/12 5:50 P

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Thanks you guys! I feel all warm and fuzzy inside! emoticon

Doing it again! See my other SP forkitless.

Romans 12: 1-2 "Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God's mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God—this is your spiritual act of worship. Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will."


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LADYJAKE1
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3/11/12 3:45 P

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I have been low carbing since 2004.
I found spark people one day and joined. I use the recipe calculator and track my food, I just deduct the carbs and fiber at the end of the day.

I do like being able to see what I am eating, if I lose I can go back and see what I did right.

I think the Spark diet is in no way close to low carb, so I just do my own thing.

This web site is free and I am grateful for that. Oh the money I have wasted on diets in the past. lol

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JERSYGRL
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3/11/12 3:08 P

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emoticon I too ignore the Spark advice on carbs. The Managing Diabetes group also supports low carb intake.

“You can often change your circumstances by changing your attitude.”
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"Tomorrow hopes we have learned something from yesterday."
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"A man is but the product of his thoughts what he thinks, he becomes."
Mahatma Gandhi

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THINANDFITEMILY
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3/11/12 3:01 P

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They yell at me for eating too much fiber and tell me that it is ok to have "other" foods which by that since I am ok with protein means what exactly?
wonderbread?

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"Run when you can, walk if you have to, crawl if you must; just NEVER give up." Dean Karnazes
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ILUV130
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3/11/12 2:49 P

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Welcome

ATKINS ALL THE WAY!

Started on April 1, 2013

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KIERAE
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3/11/12 2:26 P

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LOL welcome to the team! Yup it is frustrating about Spark's mentality over low carb/high fat/etc. After dealing with them for 5 years now, I just ignore them and their tracker "yelling" at me. When I do use the tracker, I just adjust the numbers to what I need. These days I do most my tracking via my phone and use myfitnesspal for that. I have ran into the same thing about the mindset on various low carb boards. Heck everyone thinks their program is the best which hey if it works for you then great. But cookie cutter diets don't work for most folks if you are trying to make a permanent change in lifestyle. We have to figure out what works for our body.

Glad to have ya with us!

I like living. I have sometimes been wildly, despairingly, acutely miserable, racked with sorrow, but through it all I still know quite certainly that just to be alive is a grand thing. Agatha Christie
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ROBINS-NEST
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3/11/12 1:32 P

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YES I am yelling from the mountaintops....can you hear the echo? LOL

I am so glad I found this team! (thank you Russell for if I hadn't visited your page I wouldn't of).

I started doing the low carb thing...or so I thought till I read some posts here...all along I was doing the smart carb thing! LOVE IT!

2 things....#1. How does everyone cope with the head SPARKS not supporting low/smart carbs...I mean all the way down to the food counter? And everytime someone posts on a message board, a spark dietician rules against it.

#2 Has anyone else experienced one minded thinking on any of the other LC boards? Just want to see if I am alone on this...It's ok if I am.

Now that I am back at sparking I want to make this journey as positive as possible and surround myself with positive people and sparkers! I KNOW THIS IS THE GROUP FOR ME!

Please visit my sparkpage and recent blog. I will be there for you as I know you are here for me!

Doing it again! See my other SP forkitless.

Romans 12: 1-2 "Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God's mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God—this is your spiritual act of worship. Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will."


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