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