to Spark and to the EE team, Croatia3. Sounds like you've begun to explore and find many of the tools here on Spark. I think you'll find good use of the nutritional tracker especially. You mentioned that a lot of the food you cannot find on the tracker or that the recipe is different. You can manually enter foods that you cannot find by clicking on "Enter food not listed" which can be found in the search area of the nutritional tracker. The words of a bit small, but they are red and right under the search button. Fill in the name and the nutrition information off the label of what you are adding and save it, then it is there for whenever you need the information to track. You can also add your own recipes to be calculated for tracking and that is found on the nutritional tracker page. Click on the "Recipes" tab in the search field and there you'll see a button that says "Access the recipe calculator" Follow the steps there and in the end it will add it all up for you and give the nutritional value, be sure to check off the "Add to my favorites" so that you have quick access to it in the future.
In answer to your questions, I track all my food here on Spark every day. If I can't find the item listed here, then I add it, same for my recipes. If I have something and the nutrition label is different than what I find listed, then I add mine. I have found that a lot of the items listed if a U.S. product is often slightly different here in Canada, so I always compare.
I am not on what I would call a low carb diet, I think I am pretty balanced, although I do try to stay below 200 per day. Remember carbs are important, they fuel the body, but it is important to eat the right carbs. I stick to whole grains, lots of fruit and vegetables and stay away from white flour, sugar, rice and highly processed items. Each of us has to find what works best for our lives and bodies. Since you are in Canada, I would also suggest having your doctor refer you to a dietician, they can really help you get a good solid healthy eating plan together.
I am not sure what you mean about eating fruits when in crisis. If you mean a blood sugar crisis, then I would talk to your doctor and/or dietician about the best ways to handle that, especially if you are a diabetic. But if you just mean that you are really hungry and it's not a meal or snack time, then I would say by all means have a small piece of fruit, or some fresh vegetables, a handful of nuts or something to help you through the crisis, just be sure to track it, so you have an accurate calorie/carb/fat/protein count at the end of the day.
As for how fast you can lose weight, each of us will be different in this also; a healthy weight loss is 1 to 2 pounds a week, some times when we are very heavy that number can go up to 3 or 4 pounds a week. Our health also plays a factor in this number and again this is something I would discuss with my doctor. Truth is (in my opinion) if we loss weight slower and in a healthy way by eating in moderation and including some exercise into our daily lives then in the end it will be easier to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Some times it is better to not be in a big hurry to lose the weight, it took us years to gain the weight, it will take some time to get rid of it.
I hope I was able to answer some of your question. I look forward to getting to know you and sharing this journey to a healthy lifestyle with you.
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