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MOMMIEEE1727 SparkPoints: (1,868)
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3/22/13 11:04 P

Thanks to all of you for ur advice... I usually pop online early in the morning because I'm hardly ever online so sorry I'm late replying... This lil nik has been bothering me...

POETICA7 SparkPoints: (9,026)
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3/22/13 1:49 P

I track regularly and it's so helpful. When I don't weigh or measure foods but eyeball them instead I am almost always way off. I have to watch this with mayo when I make tuna salad. Otherwise, I do pretty well.

DIDS70 Posts: 5,368
3/22/13 1:26 P

Kris, awesome website. I sprout and can never be sure of the nutrient count. The chart actually had some of the things i sprout. YEAH!

WHOLENEWME79 Posts: 950
3/22/13 10:10 A

I find weight to be the most accurate for vegetables, fruits, proteins and dairy products. Other things, like parsley, I do by fresh or dried and a measurement (such as a tablespoon).

You can enter your recipes into and use those totals (you can look at my tracker and see what I mean). I do that a lot with recipes because once I put it into spark recipes, I am done with it and all I have to do it use the recipe tab in the nutrition tracker.

For the rare food that I do not fine in the SP database, I search online to find nutritional info- I use for that.

Hope that helps!

Edited by: WHOLENEWME79 at: 3/22/2013 (10:11)
GGMOM06 Posts: 9,224
3/22/13 10:06 A

emoticon recheck your foods if you are taking the nutrition off the SP because most of them are incorrect . I add my own off the packages or cans . Takes a few min. but then you know it is right . emoticon emoticon

SLIMMERKIWI SparkPoints: (250,328)
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3/22/13 7:15 A

I weigh EVERYTHING I eat, whether it be a couple slices of tomato, or a teaspoon of low-fat soy milk. A calorie is a calorie is a calorie. I don't use guess work because more often than not, where it comes to guessing the weight/size of our food, we are generally way off base, and not in our favour :-( All these little things add up, and can make a difference between losing and gaining!

As far as the foods are concerned, below is a link that you may find helpful if it isn't in the SP Data Base. Just enter the food in the search bars at the top of the page.


UNIDENT Posts: 33,498
3/22/13 1:01 A

Fruits, vegies and meats are in the tracker. They may not be exactly the same variety or cut that you had, but it's better to estimate with an approximation than to leave it out.

Do you track everything? Well ... if you're including two small slices of tomato in a sandwich, for example, that's nowhere near a "serving" of tomato. Would you bother? I probably wouldn't. Your weight loss success is not going to come from whether you tracked enough tomato each day. It's going to come from averages over time.

Track what you can, and what you know you need to. If you want to, you can average out some tracking. Eg enter "1 whole tomato" on Monday, even though you ate it on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.

MOMMIEEE1727 SparkPoints: (1,868)
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3/21/13 10:48 P

What should I do when I don't know the nurition info of certain foods i cook and its not a labeled food.. My fruits, veggies, fresh seasonings, or meats... This has been my red flag so far... Some i haven't charted because it wasnt even a serving...

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