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9/3/19 7:31 P

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THANK YOU EVERYONE! Lots of good ideas and I will be keeping these in mind when we go. I appreciate all of your help.

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9/3/19 5:25 P

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I have a pretty good idea of calories for many foods and when I go out, I pick things that are similar and basically estimate. For instance I know a plate of spaghetti with marinara isn't going to be 300 calories - the pasta alone would be more than that.
And if I really think what I've entered is too low, I'll add some extra calories. Note, I use myfitnesspal.com and they have an option for "quick add" calories.

In the end one meal won't make that much difference as long as it's close. I figure a lot is an estimate and as long as I'm maintaining then the calories in v calories out via exercise is OK.

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9/3/19 8:50 A

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If it’s a mom and pop place and you like to go there often, you could ask to speak to one of their cooks or even a waitress, that is if it’s that large of a place.. i steer clear of dishes that are processed. Foods that are usually breaded, fries, hash browns, etc. you know all the yummy stuff. lol All kidding aside, it’s pretty hard to mess up hard boiled eggs, a plain salad with dressing on the side, a plain no frills baked potato, non creamed frozen vegetables. Sometimes, i have to get out of my comfort zone and request certain things, such as low fat milk for coffee, or aak for water right away, no rolls, margerine, low cal salad dressing, lemon please.

Sometimes restaurants do have a calorie count of their menu stashed away. You can always ask if they have one available.

Hope I helped a little.

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9/3/19 7:40 A

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Guesstimate to the best of your abilities and use the closest chain restaurant info that you can. So if this great mom and pop has pizza, don't reinvent the wheel guessing what they use. Use your knowledge of Domino's, Papa John's, Little Cesaer's, Sbarro's, Pizza Hut and so forth to figure out what was the closest. Was it lardy like Pizza Hut, was it giant like Sbarro's and get as close as you can. If they hard larger pieces than Domino's but were otherwise kinda similar you might use 1.33 slices of Domino's for a slice of their pizza.
There are also generic entries for things like mashed potatoes and chicken soup that you can use. nutritiondata.self.com also uses USDA info, but sometimes spells out what is in something a little better than spark does.

-google first. ask questions later.

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9/3/19 5:04 A

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Stick to monofoods rather than combined dishes (ex: fried egg rather than scramble)
Use pure condiments (sour cream, olive oil, butter, mustard) rather than sauces.
Anticipate serving size to be about twice what is reasonable for one meal.

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9/2/19 9:06 P

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Hi,

You might just search for a similar food in the food database and use that as a good estimate instead of trying to recreate the recipe. Another alternative is to create a Food Grouping in the nutrition tracker since that can be faster than creating a recipe.

Hope this helps!

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9/2/19 6:13 P

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We have a mom and pop place in town and they have really good food. There is no nutritional information anywhere. What do you do to log the food? I have gone to the SP recipes and done the make your own, but man, is that tedious. Does anyone else have any suggestions?

Laura, SW Ohio, EST

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