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1/19/10 9:00 A

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I turned mine off after my first day here!

I input the ingredients of my home cooked foods into my daily meals so I can get an accurate track on my calories.

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1/11/10 2:08 P

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The SparkPeople folk seem pretty responsive to member suggestions, so I think this is a GREAT idea to bring up. I appreciate having the option of meal plan suggestions, but as a vegetarian who prefers mostly unprocessed, organic foods I haven't found the meal planner helpful. The other day it suggested I eat peanut butter 3 times and there's a lot of stereotypical vegetarian food suggestions like eggs and pasta. Oh well. Maybe we can just search food groupings/recipes of others on this board as a supplement.

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I turned that meal planner off the day I got here. Way too many ready made processed stuff. It's nice to have it in the nutrition tracker in case I ever eat any of it.

I've heard that organics typically have higher nutrition counts than non-organics. I am totally guestimating with the stuff I got. Spark has never heard of organic baby purple potatoes. So, I used red potatoes. Does anybody have a link for finding the calories and nutrition for organics? Thanks.

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1/5/10 12:16 A

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I don't use the meal planner, either. Too many processed foods, and too many food substitutes. My goal is to Eat Less Food -- smaller portions, and fewer degrees of separation between the farm and my dinner table. I'm also focusing on using seasonal, local produce from the farmer's market. The meal planner does nothing to help me achieve those goals -- what's in my shopping bag isn't even available as an optional substitute! (Apparently turnips, parsnips, & celeriac are not popular...)

This thread reminds me that I have frozen bananas in the freezer -- brought by houseguests, and thrown in the freezer as we were leaving town the next day. Looks like I need to make banana bread tomorrow!

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1/3/10 3:53 A

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Hey, Laura (Pitakelly). I am like most responses here: I hide the meal plans and plan my own. That way I can incorporate the fresh and raw vegetables or whatever I prefer. I try to plan nutritious and balanced meals. Also I have frozen bananas before and I freeze them with the skin on. The skin turns an ugly black color but that comes right off. This helps to protect the banana from freezer burn, etc.

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1/2/10 10:55 P

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Pitakelly

I've tried using the SP food menus, and find that it is more expensive (because I'm out running around trying to buy things I don't normally have, like smart-beat butter, etc) and because there are just too many bread/starchy carbs factored into the plans (I'm diabetic). The only modifications I've made are to eliminate some of the bread/potato/rice portions suggested and, like you, I would rather use real butter, local even than something like "smartbeat" etc.

I just hide the suggested menus and track my own food. I also adjust the number of calories, carbs, proteins and fats in accordance to my endocrinologist's suggestions.

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12/13/09 3:54 P

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Since I don't like rice the meal planner was far to cumbersome for me to use as it felt like the carb for every dinner was rice. Also I really prefer to just track what I'm eating and tweak my bad habits. Ultimately the food I love is what I'll gravitate back to so I don't find the meal planner great for me. I'm sure some people really enjoy the convenience of being told what will get them their nutritional needs in a day however and it's a great resource if it works for you!

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12/6/09 2:18 P

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Pfft I never ever used the Meal Planner.

Even when tracking calories now I track calories and not always the exact food that I'm eating. Sometimes I have to guesstimate and pick a restaurant food (e.g. Shoney's green beans) that matches the home-cooked food the most. My public food tracker makes it seem that I eat out all the time but I don't.

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11/29/09 4:23 P

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Hi; I was glad to find this team and just joined today! :) I am a huge fan of local and organic and whole foods, and have had similar issues with the SP menu planner. I usually end up adding my own foods (and not even looking at their meal plans; I turn them off!) So - for the example of balsamic vinaigrette and olive oil dressing, you could enter each of those separately, or you could create your own custom recipe with the Recipe Calculator on sparkrecipes.com. There, you can list the ingredients and amounts you use and how many servings it makes, and the calculator will compute the nutritional information for you! That way, you can make your own, healthy, whole foods and still have the convenience of "click-and-add" ability. :) Have a great day!

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9/21/09 4:53 P

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I don't leave the peel on. It may be hard to peel it from a frozen state. I slice, place on aluminum, freeze then store in freezer in a tupperware bowl until ready to use for my smoothies.
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9/21/09 11:06 A

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OK- silly question. When you freeze a banana do you have to leave the peel on?

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9/20/09 7:36 P

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LOL, I turned it off also when I realized that they were pushing brands of the advertisers (here). That's fine because it's the advertisers that make this site happen but as long as you don't fall for it...and being the "Organic, Ethical Eaters" we are, I'm certain we won't.

For dressings,I only use home made olive oil & balsamic vinegar.

TIP: I'll use half a banana in a smoothie and freeze the other half. I'll slice it up, lay the banana slices on a small sheet of aluminum foil making sure the pieces do not touch each other. When frozen, I place the frozen slices in a tupperware bowl and store in the freezer for future smoothies.

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9/15/09 5:09 P

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hi everyone!

I don't use the meal planner either, but when I was first checking out SP, I saw that there was a button that you could swap out any food they suggested for a food of your choice..... or remove it altogether and add a few of your own items thru the day.

I prefer to create my own meal plan according to the nutrients I need daily and get familiar with the nutritional value and protion sizes in things that i would normally choose.
it made more sense for me, but everone's different. that's why I love SP so much. It reaches all different ideals, lifestyles and goals.

thanks for all of you guys starting this thread. I have had a lot of inspiration from you all. sorry I dont post as much as some of you, but i really like seeing what you have to say.

happy tuesday all!
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9/4/09 11:52 A

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Welcome Lynn!

I like the idea of saving half a banana in the freezer for a smoothie!

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Welcome to the team!

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9/4/09 9:02 A

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Hey everyone! I am new to this group but this is one of my pet peeves about diet plans. They will suggest things like you all have mentioned and things like a cup of 3-4 different cereals and juices during the week. What are you supposed to do with the rest, especially if you are the only one eating them?

I just turned off the SP plans and enter my own food. I can have the same cereal till it is gone if I want!

Lol, I do eat half a banana because I am watching my blood glucose levels. I put the other half in the freezer to use in a smoothie later. But 1 Oreo, I don't think so, couldn't let those go to waste...

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LOL I'm guilty I only eat half a banana emoticon if they are the large 7-8 1/2 then I eat half with oatmeal.

Unless that's all I'm eating for breakfast then it makes sense to eat it all.

Oreo's were my favorite years ago until I became a Vegetarian and found out what the cream was made out of LARD & Sugar ewww. emoticon

Trader Joe's has a healthier and alternative Oreo which is made with vegetable protein I think and real vanilla bean.
emoticon emoticon Love Trader Joe's.

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9/3/09 7:13 P

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For breakfast it always say 'half a banana.' Who eats only half a banana?

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If you look at your tracker, there is a button that says "Don't show meal plans" or "Show meal plans." I turned it off the day it suggested I eat 1 Oreo. Oreos are not welcome in my house, and even if they were, what would I do with the rest of the package?

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9/3/09 3:26 P

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I find I do not use the tracker that often because it suggests items like light dressings or smart balance spread, whereas I prefer using whole food that I make myself (olive oil & balsamic vinegar for example) or real butter that I purchase from a farm four miles away, where it is made onsite and you can watch the process from grazing cows to the churning and packaging. It usually includes meat twice per day unless you request vegetarian.

What are some Real Food substitutes you have made?

I know it would be too difficult for Spark to create mealplans for locavores but has anyone ever written to them requesting a flexitarian, Clean Food plan, using only natural food and a great deal of raw foods?

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