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threebees69

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Posted: 15 Feb 2014, 07:43
Okay I would like to know how do I pick food off the list .....when I grow my own tomatoes and can them and make my own spaghetti and pizza sauce . I do not put sugar or sweetners in the stuff I can .I grow and can my own grn beans . We raise pigs as group where I work and we butcher them ourselves. So we know what goes into our meat. The stuff you get in the grocery stuff is canned with sugar the meat is cured with sugar....so when I have to pick tomato sauce or sausage off this food list it is adding the sugar carbs and sodium that I know are not in my home grown food...
is anyone else having this issue ?
Revaudrey

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Posted: 15 Feb 2014, 07:48
Yes, I have that problem, too.
The best I can do is to break down recipes and search for the whole, not processed ingredients on the lists.
Hoser

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Posted: 15 Feb 2014, 07:55
What you need to do is create custom recipes for the foods that you can.

Let's say that you can a batch of tomatoes, for example, and you wind up with 12 jars. Create a recipe that lists all of the ingredients that went into the jars, and mark the recipe as creating 12 servings.

Later, when you use the tomatoes, add the recipe (which you do from My Cookbook, not from the normal food search) to what you eat. If you use one jar of tomatoes to make something, and that something made four servings, then add 1/4 serving of your custom recipe tomatoes to your diet calendar.

Make sense?
wholefoodnut

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Posted: 15 Feb 2014, 08:03
I run into that also. I no longer live where i can buy standing beef or hogs and no longer can and freeze most of my food. However i buy fresh and or in bulk most of the time-- not brand name packages you can scan into the tracker. Like yesterday i bought store made fresh chiorso sausage (the butcher was just stuffing it and was watching him) also a package of store made tamale dough, i usually make my but want to compare and a whole basket of fresh vegetables.
"The way we eat in America makes us sick, and if we change our diet--simply incrementally-- we will be healthier." Mark Bittman Food Matters

Jeri
wholefoodnut

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Posted: 15 Feb 2014, 08:11
hoser i try that as well. often i end up substituting brand name stuff for the ingredients or something with close to the same nutrients because it's simply not in the foods. then i correct it down in the instructions. that's my problem because i do not eat a typical american diet. i need to start adding ingredients to the food list-- that takes time because what is required to do that isn't always available
"The way we eat in America makes us sick, and if we change our diet--simply incrementally-- we will be healthier." Mark Bittman Food Matters

Jeri
Hoser

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Posted: 15 Feb 2014, 09:12
I've found that the food database here is pretty good at knowing most "real" non-factory foods. I've baffled it a few times when I've bought something exotic, but I've almost always managed to find something close enough. If I get a weird melon that FS doesn't know, for example, I pretend it's either a cantaloupe or a honeydew.

Last week I bought made-in-store bulk beef chorizo. I know that chorizo is mostly just ground meat and spices, and the spices don't really add much to the bottom line, so I treated it like ground beef and declared that it was good enough. None of this is a precise science.
wholefoodnut

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Posted: 15 Feb 2014, 10:58
Exactly what i do. I haunt mAny small ethnic grocers and play with food. Sometimes i buy things that i don't even know what they are and then look for what to do with them. I will also ask fellow shoppers or clerks. The food list is pretty good for common ingredients
"The way we eat in America makes us sick, and if we change our diet--simply incrementally-- we will be healthier." Mark Bittman Food Matters

Jeri



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