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ANNE137's Photo ANNE137 Posts: 160
4/25/08 10:18 A

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I love the food groupings that you can add!

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COUNTRYGALBARB Posts: 255
4/25/08 9:25 A

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I absolutely love the nutrition tracker, it has made me see the areas I need work on.

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4/24/08 11:43 A

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Sarie,

This isn't a diet. It's a lifestyle change --- healthy habits for a lifetime. You aren't required to follow the SparkPeople meal plan EVER. What you should do is follow the good health guidelines (strive to stay within your calorie range, get the balance of protein/fat/carbs, drink enough water, get your fruits and veggies, at least 2 dairy servings a day, healthy fats each day, whole grains, exercise, etc.).

Follow the SparkPeople emails explaining Stage 2, and check your START page on SparkPeople (near the bottom) and your SparkPoints page for things you should be doing in Stage 2. You can also mouse over the HEALTHY LIFESTYLE tab above and click SPARKDIET from the drop-down list. That will give you another way to see what you should be doing in Step 2.

Increase workouts when you're ready, when it starts to get easy and you stop seeing results --- not just on the scale, but when you stop seeing inches lost, stop noticing fitness gains, etc. You can "increase workouts" not just by increasing time, but by increasing intensity. You might start doing some intervals and/or circuit training, increase incline and/or resistance, etc. Spend some time on the nutrition and fitness areas reading each day, as well as reading the SparkStage stuff, and find what works for you.

Kara

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HARDWORK22 Posts: 8
4/24/08 11:32 A

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Heyy I have a question im in the first week of stage two and have been just tracking what i normally eat for this week. Without making diet changes. For the most part i've been doing this cause usually when i start a "diet" i go cold turkey and only eat minimum amount of calories and hit the gym hours at a time 6 days a week. ... and well obviously that hasn't worked because i burn out after a month or so. so i guess my question is when during stage 2 should I be following meal plans and increasing my work outs. I wanna do it right this time. Thanxs Sarie

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_KARA_'s Photo _KARA_ Posts: 17,703
4/24/08 12:26 A

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Thanks, Velle, for choosing this. I get a lot of SparkMails from teammembers asking about the nutrition tracker. This will help many of them!

The newest features are the ability to share foods you enter yourself (like that great Vitamuffin flavor you tried yesterday) with other members... and import foods that others added to your own favorites. Say Velle tries a great new organic frozen pizza and adds it to her favorites. She tells me it's great and you can buy it at store X. I can import the information she added to her Spark tracker so that I don't have to type in all the nutrition info label myself.

This is a more advanced feature, so if you don't "get it", no worries... just wanted to let folks know it's out there if you're ready for it.

Kara

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4/23/08 11:06 A

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It has really helped to actually SEE and keep track of what I've been eating and to have it broken down. Actually, I had to add on food alot of days to meet my requirements. Sometimes everything might not be the "best" choice but I have stayed within my limits each day. I have trouble getting enough protien but I'm going to get a liquid supplement to help meet the requirements.

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4/22/08 10:41 P

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Hi Anneia- yes it's true by not eating enough calories everyday you may be doing your body harm. we need a minimum of 1200cals per day. if you are getting less than this, your body can go into starvation mode and will try to hang on to the calories you do give it and store it as fat. less calories doesn't neccessarily mean more weight loss. If you like, you can make your nutrition tracker public and we may be able to make suggestions :)

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ANNEIA's Photo ANNEIA Posts: 406
4/22/08 10:05 P

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i am eating when i should, but i'm not getting enough calories. i wasn't thinking about this until i started tracking my meals (which i like doing) but i keep hearing about getting enough calories and am thinking i may be doing my body harm. anyone had this problem and solved it?

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4/22/08 7:18 P

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I use the tracker if I remember what I ate during the day. It is helpful to see what I am eating.

We can do anything we set our minds to, we just have to set our minds to do it.


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4/22/08 6:02 P

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Thank you now I understand. I was not adding it to my favourites and thought I should not eat everything I added on one day or I would grow fatter and fatter and fatter LOL. Jeremy


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4/22/08 4:17 P

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Thanks Velle,
I love the nutrition tracker! It has really helped me see what I am eating, even on the bad days :) I am much more aware of what I need to eat and how many calories are in things.

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SHORTY_G's Photo SHORTY_G Posts: 1,550
4/22/08 3:40 P

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Thanx!!! You are too kind :)

You can spark recipes by going to the recipe you would like to add, on the right hand side there is the nutritional info, look under that and there should be a button ADD RECIPE TO MEAL PLANNER, if yo click on this it will add the recipe to your current day of tracking. There is also another link under that called CHOOSE ANOTHER DAY, this will add the recipe on the day that you choose. Either way though, you can just make sure that you add it to your favorites list :)

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JEREMY_PATRICIA's Photo JEREMY_PATRICIA Posts: 1,677
4/22/08 3:09 P

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Thank you Miss Velle. You continue to rock! I have a question? Is there a way to add recipes from Spark People into our nutition tracker and keep them there. We eat vegan foods and would like to be able to do this but are not sure how to do this. Would you know and if you do could you explain please? emoticon Smile big today. Jeremy


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4/22/08 2:51 P

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This Week's Challenge is to explore and use your nutrition tracker!

I think you all know how to get there, but just in case...

Look for the orange toolbar at the top of the page. Mouse over MY TOOLS in the upper left and click MY NUTRITION from the drop-down list. You can also click on NUTRITION TRACKER from you start page.

QUICK TRACK: This is located at the top of the nutrition page, there is a fruit/veggie tracker and a water tracker. Just click on the arrows beside the graphics to add or subtract servings.

SHOW MEAL PLANS: You can choose to use SparkPeople's nutrition plan by click on this button. It will generate a new menu for you to follow every day and all you have to do is checkmark the foods that you have eaten. On the lefthand side you will see a CHANGE button to be able to substitute/change the current items on the menu. You can also add foods that are not in the meal plan.

ADD A FOOD: Get to know this tool especially if you are not using SP's meal plan. When you click on this a popup will appear. There are 3 tabs at the top: FOOD SEARCH, MY FAVORITES, & FOOD GROUPINGS.

****Food Search: search for foods by typing the name of the food and click SEARCH. You can also click on Search options by checkmarking "Don't show fast food" or "Search foods I've manually entered". If you cannot find the particular food you are looking for or the exact brand you can enter the nutrition info by clicking ENTER a FOOD NOT LISTED. The SERVING SIZE CALCULATOR allows you to convert ounces to pounds, teaspoons to tablespoons, etc. You can also choose to IMPORT FROM OTHER MEMBERS - click on the item you would like to add.

****My Favorites: All your favorite items will be added here and you can look them up in the dropdown menu. On the right hand side there are also the following buttons: EDIT LIST OF FAVORITES, EDIT MANUALLY ENTERED FOODS, & SHARE MANUALLY ENTERED FOODS WITH OTHER MEMBERS.

****Food Groupings: This is good if you have the same items in a meal often, for example for breakfast 3x a week you have cereal with milk & fruit, instead of adding them separately every day you can click on CREATE A NEW FOOD GROUPING and enter it only the one time. Then when you have these items again, just click on the name you saved your new food grouping under and then ADD FOOD TO TODAY, then it will add these 3 items at the same time.

CLICK TO ADD/EDIT EXTRA MEALS: This is good if you have several smaller meals throughout the day. For example I have: Breakfast, AM snack, Lunch, PM snack, Dinner, Snack. SP originally comes with Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Snack. But if you click on this, you can add other meals categories. The only thing about this is that you can only change the order of you new meal categories and they will always be at the bottom of your page, you cannot mix them in with the SP standard. For example mine looks like this: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Snack, AM Snack, PM Snack. Hopefully this will change in the future.

NUTRITION NOTES -ADD A NOTE : This is a great tool, you can add notes to you daily meals, write notes on how you were feeling that day or what you need to improve on.

GROCERY LIST FOR THIS WEEK: This is for those of you who follow SP's meal plan, it gives you grocery items to shop for that week.

SEE TODAY'S FULL REPORT: This tool helps break down all the nutrients for you for each meal and how everything adds up. There is also a pie graph at the bottom showing SP's recommended nutrient ratios and then it shows what your current ratios are and how it compares to SP's.

WEEKLY PROGRESS: This shows the progress you are making for the week with your calories and nutrients. SP originally has the following: Calories, Fat, Carbohydrates, & Protein. You can add other nutrients to follow by clicking on CHANGE NUTRITION GOALS at the top of the page. Click on ADD ANOTHER NUTRIENT TO TRACK and then choose which ones you would like to track. I chose to track the following: Fiber, Sodium, Cholesterol & Calcium. There are many to choose from.


Play around, click around, and explore the features here on the Nutrition Tracker. There are still some features that I may not have listed on here.


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