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MOMOF3PRINCES Posts: 3
8/12/09 2:14 P

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Wow! Thanks for all of the tips. I guess I am just over whelmed by having to enter ALL of my recipes in order to get an accurate account of what I eat. Being GF I cook from scratch for everything down to grinding my own flours. (mostly beans) I just need to sit down and enter a lot of them all at once. So then I can move quicker entering my food on a daily basis. I guess if it was easy everyone would be skinny! Thanks again for all of the help. I am going to give this another try.

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8/11/09 7:31 P

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I often end up entering in all my food and recipes myself. However, once I enter something, it is there. Luckily, when I make something like lasagna, I make 12+ servings. So once it's entered, I can just bring it up for dinner the next time I eat some. And it freezes just fine.

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8/11/09 2:47 P

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I am glad you have returned to Spark and especially this team. I think everyone pretty much summed up the tracking part. Hope to hear more from you.
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8/11/09 10:55 A

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p.s... this is why i refuse to eat Quizno's, because they don't post the nutritional value of their subs online and you can't even get it by calling the home office. This obviously means they are not interested in you knowing what is in your food.

Never condone bad behavior!

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8/11/09 10:54 A

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When you search foods, it will show the user that entered it. By using their entry you are importing.

Be careful though because sometimes people don't enter all of the nutritional info. Luckily, you can check out the info they DID enter before choosing to add it to your tracker or not.

Something I've found to be helpful when I know what I am eating but can't find it on the entries: Especially stuff by certain brands, you can find the nutritional values online.

Like, if you ate something from McDonald's and it's not one of the zillion mcd's entries already in the SP system, you can go to the mcdonald's site and look the nutritional value up.

And sometimes, people on other tracking sites have entered the info and if you google search your item and the word 'value' or 'nutrition', you can find it that way.

Helpful when you have to enter it here on your own!!!

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ILLINITEACHER52 Posts: 7,256
8/11/09 10:50 A

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I have entered some of the gluten free foods that I eat often into My Favorites. For some recipes I just enter the ingredients (almond meal, egg, ...) and do the best I can that way. It isn't always 100% accurate but usually close. It does help to get me to eat more unprocessed foods. There is a way to import foods from what other people have listed but I haven't figured out how to do that yet.

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8/11/09 9:11 A

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actually, it's pretty easy:)

When you are adding a food for the day, there are a few ways to go about it:

1. Search the brand name: a lot of items by Glutino and Good Life have already been entered, so you can just type that word in and maybe another one like 'chips' and choose the 'search all of these words' option and if your item doesn't show up, you can click on 'add a food not listed' and copy the nutritional info on the box/bag.

I know it gets hard to plan ahead or type everything in all the time, but the nice thing is that you can click 'add to favorites' when you add a new food and then every time you eat that food again, you can go to your favorites tab in the food entry panel and choose it from there, rather than having to enter it all in again!!

2. if you are entering something that you made from a recipe, but the recipe isn't showing up in your searches (this is common), then you can go to the healthy lifestyle tab, choose sparkrecipes.com and you can choose to enter the recipe to share, or for your own records...

3. if you are entering something home-made that doesn't have a recipe available to you, take your best shot at how much of it you ate and chart what you think is in the meal. This works well if you do something like get a burrito out at the store/restaurant... just estimate what is in there.

I know this last one is hard, but if you are really trying to watch the calories I think it works well.

If you want, you are welcome to check out my tracker (which you can do by visiting my page and clicking the right-hand link to view tracker) to see what a full one looks like.

I hope this info was helpful to you!!

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8/11/09 3:02 A

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Hi Lynn,
Even a slow start is a good start! Dont give up. Play with the tracker and see what happens. I found that the amount of "Real" food on my plate increased since going gluten free. I thought I was doing it wrong, but according to the nutritionist, that was correct. I keep entering stuff not on the list, but keep losing them.... oh well. maybe one day we will get it.
good luck on your journey.

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8/10/09 10:45 P

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I think it is possible to keep a food log and be GF. I always wonder if I am getting the right nutrients since I am limited. This actually will help you keep track of how nutritous you are eating.. Good luck.

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MOMOF3PRINCES Posts: 3
8/10/09 10:07 P

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Hello, I am kind of new to Spark people (I signed up a long time ago just didn't know how to use it) and new to this team. I would like to hear some ideas/suggestions on how to use the meal/food tracker and be gluten free. Someone please help. (now let's hope I can find my way back to this message so I can read all of your wonderful ideas.)

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