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10/5/10 4:53 P

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If eating out at a major restaurant, most of them have websites with nutritional data. Problem is sometimes it states a serving, but doesn't state how many servings they actually give you!

And as was suggested, enter your own recipe in SP. Or, if you do not have that much time, you can search other recipes that have similar ingredients.

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10/5/10 3:55 P

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If I have to guess I usually stick to a small portion. I can kind of estimate by if it is mostly protein, carbs or fats. When I do go out to eat occasionally, I can always find something on the menu that is on the lighter, healthier side. I don't really count each and every calorie. When I did count everything that way, I would get tired of being on a "DIET" and quit. Now I have learned that a true lifestyle change is something that I can continue to do for the rest of my life. Lorraine

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10/5/10 3:48 P

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If you are cooking, you can enter the ingredients into SparkRecipes and the number of portions and get nutrient counts. If I don't feel like going to the trouble, I try to find something similar in the Spark food files or recipes.

I am not particularly interested in saving time; I prefer to enjoy it. - Eduardo Hughes Galeano

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10/5/10 3:14 P

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I have about 5-7lbs left to lose after having my baby and am now trying to count calories. I was trying to do portions but found I wasn't really losing very much at all. I try to mostly eat food that I know how many calories are in it but sometimes that doesn't always work when I go out to eat somewhere that doesn't list the calories. Even for dinner tonight I am making a casserole and have no idea even where to begin trying to figure it all out because everything is mixed together. I do have a scale I use to measure food when I can and I also try not to eat out too much at places that don't list there calories. What do you do on days when you just have no idea? Do you just take a guess and log what you think?? Sometimes I like the idea of counting calories and other times it is really frustrating! Please let me know what you do!! :)

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