I agree with what the others have said. My main difficulty is logging things like German Sausage, German Christmascake etc in. Some you find a similar recipe in the recipe seciton, but others are more difficult.
Since I live in Keneya I even have problems with African Food, so I can imagine the Kenyans in SP have problems,
How do you log in foods like Ugali - a staple here, similar to southafrican mealies, basically maizemeal cake Irio - another staple made from mashed potatoes, peas, etc. the list could be endless.
Okay I know now how to enter recipes, but most Kenyans are not even used to using recipes, so I can imagine they will have problems.
So it can really help, especially since some of teh staple foods here are full of calories. i was shocked how loaded for example the peanut sauce with plantains was when I entered it.
Hi Dave, I am currently living in the US but I still buy a lot of German foods whenever I get a chance. Germany is currenntly experiencing a change in their food labeling, not sure if any legislation has been finalized yet but in addition to the calories of 100g of any product, they will have to be labeled by portion size as well. The samples I have seen look like an improved nutrition label as we know it in the US. It highlights the good and the bad in each product. Once again, I'm not sure if this will be the final version. As far as exercise is concerned, most Germans are quite active by nature, walking to the grocery store, walking to the bus stop, go on bike tours, and even fitness centers are popular.
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Hi Dave, I have been with SparkPeople for about two years. I just love everything about it.
I live in the States and am able to purchase a few German food items here. The ones I use I entered into the "My Favorites" section of the food tracker.
Most Germans use the weight (grams) and ML for measurement instead of cups, tbsp, tsp and oz.
I use a digital kitchen scale and weigh most of my foods in grams. I think this is the most accurate way of tracking your foods. I even weighed a cup of milk and added that to my tracker so that I can just pour it into my cereal bowl and still know how much I have used.
I think it is safe to say that every German household owns a kitchen scale.
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Hi Dave, I would be willing to answer some questions for you. I just recently invited my sister in Germany to join sparkpeople.com and she was very interested, however, she indicated to me that it would be easier for her if she would be able to read everything in German. Hope to hear from you. Andrea
My name is Dave and I lead product development here at SparkPeople. We are considering improved offerings for our members in other countries, and Germany is one of the countries at the top of our list. I was looking for a few members here who would be willing to answer a few questions about your thoughts on SparkPeople, how we could improve SparkPeople for you, and about weight loss and health in Germany. If you are interested, please either send me a SparkMail or reply to this post.
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