I have my Tracker shared. So far, I've not had anyone attack me on that particular issue, although I've gotten plenty of negative or at least unhelpful "advice" on message boards about my eating choices. People think their WOE is the only or the best way... and it may be... FOR THEM. For me, I'm following (sometimes haphazardly) a dietary plan by prescription of our endocrinologist. I've dovetailed that into a more-or-less Primal (at least clean, real foods) approach. It works for me and for my husband. If it ruffles others' tailfeathers, well. Don't follow it then.
I do like to review other Trackers occasionally, just for info and possible insight. Curiosity, even. Especially when I see a woeful post from someone who's (in their opinion) failing miserably and close to just giving up ever getting to goal or feeling healthy. I look to see what they're eating, and sometimes think, "ah, so that's why." I've (rarely) chimed in on their page to say, "well, have you tried x-y-z", or "you do realize you might be creating this problem by doing (insert option)." Overall, I tend to leave peoples' choices alone, since I don't know their history or daily needs. Even if I did, it's not my right to insert myself unless they're asking in some way for that intrusion. Most don't appreciate it. I know I wouldn't! Now, if it's a request or a frustration openly stated in a board thread, then yes, they're free game for commentary! but I believe that's why they posted there to begin with.
I think I have a bit of masochistic streak in me, because I refuse to switch my Tracker to private simply because it's in my mind that others are looking at it. I suspect that's far from true! but it does keep me mostly honest, and I'm more likely to keep better resolve when I think someone might be saying, "oh, she touts the line and then eats like this?!" So it is some kind of motivation, if you want to consider it as such.
Edited by: EXOTEC at: 12/27/2013 (15:44)
...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. ~attributed to Chief Seattle
We don't have souls. We ARE souls. We have bodies. ~C.S. Lewis
Wow - I usually look at other member trackers to get inspiration - It just never occurred to me to criticize someone else's food choices considering how hard my own choices can be.
Sorry to hear that many of you have had bad experiences.
I usually try and remind myself that when others are judgmental rather than supportive that it is their weakness that drives that and that whether they realize it or not, they are choosing to be negative which is it's own punishment.
I have never shared my food tracker because of seeing how others have been treated as a result of sharing theirs on certain teams I have been on. I couldn't believe how rude and judgmental people could be. I figured I was hard enough on myself and would post other things instead.
Yeah it wasn't totally random, but if I posted about something then I would get a response about how all my problems are because I eat this and not that or because I drink or because I am too low carb and don't I know that's dangerous??! Ugh. I do get random blog comments a lot where people have NO idea my backstory and just say some crap that offends me like that if I want pizza just make it low fat. HELLOO if you read my SP page you would see that I CAN"T just do that I have Celiac!! I did tell someone about that, that they need to look at the backstory before commenting but it happens all the time.
Yeah the reason I said what I did was not because I don't eat perfectly all the time (I know no one does) it was because there are people who differ in opinion on things like grains and carbs and alcohol. I have gotten into arguments with people over this before and it's jut not worth my time. I know what generally works for me I need to interact about other things like maybe new recipes or exercise issues or anything other than "you must eat whole grains!" Because No, I really don't and NO my stomach will not tolerate that.
current weight: 187.8
Fitness Minutes: (125) Posts: 310 10/23/13 8:27 P
Responses below about shared trackers are correct. What I ate yesterday: breakfast: homemade crumpets with beetroot & lemon marmalade, black coffee lunch: Subway 12-inch veggie delite multigrain sub no cheese (had to eat out) dinner: home made corn and rutabaga chowder snacks: dark chocolate, smoked almonds, a few dates, flax seed crackers with cashew cheese
You can see people's trackers on their sparkpage if they edited the spark page and selected "share my food tracker". Another good way to get great ideas is to read a team like the healthy lunch challenge, where people frequently post what they're eating for lunch that day.
I, for one, had oatmeal with maple syrup this morning, black bean chili and homemade corn muffin for lunch, almonds and an apple for a snack, and salmon with roasted brussels sprouts and a friend's dill pickles for dinner.
September Minutes: 975
Fitness Minutes: (71,368) Posts: 2,217 10/21/13 1:20 P
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