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JWOOLMAN SparkPoints: (2,419)
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6/19/14 3:09 P

Scififan- I like info per uncooked cup of pasta because that's how it gets measured for me. I pour out the desired amount of dry and dump it into boiling water. But I'm cooking for just myself usually. You can get info both ways on the net, so if you prefer measurements of cooked pasta rather than dry, you might look for that. The worst situation is when they don't specify cooked or dry, that's harder to track down.

You also can figure out the factor to use to convert your cooked pasta to dry measure. I imagine it depends a bit on the shape. But once you've figured it out for what you eat, you're done and you don't need to repeat the calculation.

JWOOLMAN SparkPoints: (2,419)
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6/19/14 3:02 P

I'm not familiar with the Spark tracker, but I use LoseIt on my phone and enter everything as customized rather than relying on their database. I'll put more than one entry for a food into the customized database if needed (such as grapes by cup and grapes per piece), depending on how I'm likely to eat them. Packages with info per ounce are annoying, so I just dump the whole package into a big measuring cup and get the number of cups per package and for some foods, I actually count the darned things so I have per piece data if I'm likely to eat them that way. I only have to do it once. 15 oz cans of beans give half cup servings but then say there are 3.5 servings per can, which means it's easier to have one entry per cup and one per can (multiplying serving info by 3.5) since I often split a can into three parts (two fir the freezer) or use a whole can in a recipe (such as adding it to an Asian noodle bowl before microwaving and then splitting the result into three parts, two to freeze and one to eat right away). Pizza is also best entered per package, since I may cut it into smaller slices than assumed on the package or website (you can also ask for uncut pizzaria takeout pizza if needed).

It's easy to find info on the web for such customization for a lot of foods. For instance, I've found grapes by the cup and by the piece by googling

Seedless grapes calories "per grape"

EELPIE Posts: 2,700
6/19/14 2:43 P

@ Stranger: This could help you:

Also, if you spend a couple of days measuring things, it becomes easy spot stuff like, 1 tsp butter, 2 tsp salad dressing, 4 oz hard cheese, 1/2 carrots, 1 cup pasta, 2 cups lettuce, etc.

STRANGER70127 Posts: 407
6/19/14 2:23 P

Please forgive me. emoticon
I haven't tracked my food in months.

I have all my food receipt, though.

I've been eating a lot at Whole Food's Co. lately
and they have the salad bar. emoticon
There is no measurable amount to put down until I can figure it out from my receipts.

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SCIFIFAN Posts: 1,119
11/14/13 11:00 P

I hate it too when an entry says 'one serving' and then doesn't specify how much that is. One cup? 2 oz? 3 cups? etc. I also hate entries like, 2 oz., uncooked. Who eats pasta, for instance, uncooked. Note: I do understand why it is measured this way, I just don't like it.

So I plow through all the different entries trying to find one that I can relate to, which is usually cups and fractions of cups, measuring spoons and sometimes ounces. Sometimes nothing matches what I want and then I guess the best I can.

Of course, you do need to be able to do some basic math using decimals as well as know the common measurements.

MISSRUTH Posts: 4,291
11/14/13 9:22 A

I've found that most of the stuff listed as "1 serving" is prepared food. Boxes, cans, packaged stuff. Not ingredients. So you'd have the box, can, package right there in front of you anyway, which would tell you 1/2 cup or 7 crackers or whatever, is 1 serving. And as a pp mentioned, the Spark entries (not user-generated entries) usually give you more options-- cups, ounces, grams. And yes, it requires some basic math at times if you eat 2 servings or 1/2 serving.

JOEWAND SparkPoints: (18,412)
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11/14/13 8:46 A

What I have learned by tracking everything that I eat is that by adding crackers or cheese to my healthy salad can add extra calories. This doesn't mean that I can't have them, I just change the amount that I used to put on my salad, but still get the taste.

OLGA18 SparkPoints: (23,492)
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11/14/13 8:24 A

I know it's kind of annoying but I just go through all the entries until I find one that gives me the choice of cups.
I have also found that if I enter a really basic term (like yogurt) it will give me the sparkpeople one at the top so it is easier to work with.

NIRERIN Posts: 14,274
11/14/13 8:01 A

all of the spark entered info has multiple measurement options [cups, grams, etc]. if you choose to not search through what other users have entered [the people who enter the one serving only measurements] then you will find what you want, though you may have to do some of the data entry for the items you actually use.
and brush up a little on your basic math. if you're eating something with a 3/4 cup serving and you eat 1.5 cups of it, that's 2 servings. if you mean you ate 3/4 cup of a 1.5 cup serving food, that's 1/2 or .5 servings.

TOBYBEAR8 SparkPoints: (1,050)
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11/14/13 7:33 A

One thing I like about MFP is that you can adjust the amount of food you eat. On sparkpeople why do they have everything as 1 serving? Why can't they break it down into cups or half cups. If I eat like 1.5 cup of something I don't know how to change it if the serving is 3/4 I don't know that. Is there a way that can be changed?

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