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8/27/12 12:06 P

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Thanks, all. I think I've determined the best I can do is estimate the best I can and just skip tracking the remainder for that meal, and of course be careful with the remainder of the day. Most of what I've searched for is not in the database here. Overall, the main thing I need to do is limit those foods that I can't track. Which is a shame, cuz I love food. emoticon

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8/20/12 5:40 P

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I definitely wouldn't use the non-vegan versions because that could really throw off some of your nutrients. Usually you know the main ingredient because it is listed on menus, you can taste it, or you can even ask but usually you shouldn't have to. (I thought Whole Foods lists ingredients for all their salad bar foods, no?) I type in something like "tahini dressing" or "vegan crabcakes," and if something comes up, I click it. If not, I find the nutrition facts for a vegan version of whatever it is, and then I type it in. It can be a lot of work, but if it's something you eat often it's definitely not a waste of time. But really, I have found that the vegan community on here has made things easy for me and most of the stuff I go to type in is already in the system!

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8/20/12 5:29 P

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Yeah, Once I reached my goal I stopped tracking.


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8/20/12 4:38 P

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Hi LISAT99,
I have the same problems. I don't usually get take out - but Whole Foods and New Seasons markets make it nice to get home on a busy day & still have something worthwhile to eat. Frankly - on those days, I either do my best to guess or I just skip it altogether.
Another problem I have is that I experiment with tons of different dishes that I make myself. Sometimes they are from vegan cookbooks, sometimes from vegan websites and sometimes from omnivore sources and then I 'fix' them to be something I can eat. I nearly never make the same thing twice - so it's a real pain to track accurately.
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8/20/12 2:08 P

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I just use the non-vegan versions. It's as close as you are going to get.

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8/20/12 2:06 P

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Oops, sorry I wasn't clear--I'm mean in terms of a dish you don't make yourself--like takeout or something from the prepared foods case at a grocery store. With the caesar salad I could enter the lettuce and guess Gardein for the chicken, but I have no idea what's in the dressing (other than it's vegan, and likely the fattening part :) ). Same with the crab cakes--I know they're vegan but other than that don't know what to enter for them. I'm sure their nutritional profile would be different than the omni version.

Clearly I need to stop with the takeout and only eat things I make and can account for. haha

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8/20/12 1:57 P

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I break the components of the dish down and guesstimate the amounts. You're right it's difficult if it is homemade and there is no list of ingredients on a package, typical of most vegan entrees. It can be time-consuming, but if you save it to "favourites", the next time you eat it, it's there for you.

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8/20/12 1:55 P

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Do you know how to create a dish yourself? When I was tracking vegan dishes, that is what I would do. I would enter the lettuce, the peppers, the onions, and then all of the rest my self. Or else I would go to spark recipes and create a recipe of the dish I made. It will create a recipe for you with all of your ingredients and then it will tell you how many calories are in the number of servings you choose.

You could also do it using the Grouping function.

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8/20/12 1:45 P

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Hi, all! I've got a question about tracking for those who do it. I've tried to be really good about it because I'm finding it's helping me better understand what I'm doing wrong and to be more accountable.

But I get a little off when I have something that can't be found in the database and that I don't know how to enter. For instance, I just had a chicken caesar salad, vegan of course. The omni versions of the components are there, but I don't know how to account for the vegan versions. A few days ago I had vegan coleslaw and crab cakes and just skipped tracking it altogether. Any ideas on how to track dishes like this?

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