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I haven't tried to use the in-Spark food plans since I first started. Between my allergies and being picky, there were just too many things they put in there that I can't or refuse to eat.
You should check out the Mix & Match Meal Planner: http://www.sparkpeople.com/resource/mix-an
Here you can choose items from each food group and it will give you the calories and other macronutrients in those items and then add it directly to your meal planner when you're satisfied that it meets your needs and preferences.
Also, make sure you spend some time exploring Sparkrecipes. You can search by ingredient, meal, style/ethnicity, calorie range... I have found some excellent recipes in there. You can also create 'cookbooks' where you can save recipes into categories or however you want to organise them. For example, I have cookbooks for 'want to try', 'breakfast muffins', 'less than 350 calorie dinners', etc. It takes a little while to get everything sorted, but once you do, you will have a massive database of go-to recipes and meals :)
Sparkrecipes also allows you to create your own recipes and gives you the calorie and macronutrient values for it. I find that's a great way to see how to update a favourite recipe and make it fit better into your diet regimen.
One last thing - welcome to Spark!
hi, I just joined 2 days ago. I have been wanting to lose weight for years now, but I keep gaining. I dont eat much, but I love my chocolate. I love fruit and yogurt, which are things that I eat the most.
These last 2 days, I am just tracking what I am eating. I will eventually try to stick to one of the plans, somewhat, that is offered. After tracking for 2 days, I find I am on the lower end of calories and protein and fat. I seem to be just fine or higher for carbs, which isnt surprising to me at all. I hate chewing, well, things like meat and chewy foods, unless it is hot wings, which I crave often, but do not eat often. I love stew, but tend not to eat the meat. I usually dig most of the meat out and put it in another container for someone else to make sandwiches out of. I like salami and sometimes ham. I hate eggs, but will eat them on occasion, usually only when I am on a diet.
I have hypoglycemia, lactose intolerant, allergic to seafood and yellow squash and some kind of spice but I havent figured out what exactly it is all I know is that it is in Yellow Potato Salad.
I have discovered with the lactose intolerance, I can have cheese, yogurt, sherbert, sour cream. I cannot have cream cheese or regular milk, but I can have lactaid, although I prefer not drinking milk at all or even soy milk, because they make my nose stuffy.
Is there a way that I can delete foods from the tracker so that it doesnt offer them to me?
There are some foods that I just wont eat.