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MICHELLEXXXX SparkPoints: (11,599)
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11/21/13 2:54 P

I try to keep my health simple and hollistic. I believe everything works together in balance and harmony.

Spiritual: Most important for me = knowing deeply and loving/supporting the Source of my strength (God/Jesus/Holy Spiri/Body of Christt)
Physical: Stay as active as possible (bestrong/fit to better help others). 8 hours sleep. Natural nutrition.
Mental: exercise the brain daily. read positive/inspirational materials before sleep..
Emotional: Love, forgive immediately, be grateful

NIRERIN Posts: 14,021
11/20/13 9:51 P

one thing you may want to do is to just streamline the meal planning you have already done. i'll explain the index card way to do this, but you could also just do lists of eating opportunities.
the first step is breaking down your calorie range. let's say you're in the lowest range [1200-1550] and you eat around 1400 cals a day. so that's about 300 for breakfast, 400 for lunch, 500 for dinner and 2 100 cal snacks. use however you usually break down your meals and snacks, i'm just using this as my example.
now you take breakfast which needs to be about 300 cals. let's pretend you like and can have oatmeal. so you have 1/2 cup at 150 cals, a cup of almond milk at 40 cals, and a Tablespoon of peanut butter at 90 cals for a grand total of 280 cals. if you want to write any cooking instructions on the bottom you can and some people like to put the ingredients in a grocery style list on the back to maximize usefulness [when you get to picking your meals for the week you can just grab the cards, flip them over and you have your grocery list all ready to go]. one of your other go to meals for breakfast might be eggs. so you'd put 2 large eggs 140 cals, 1 tsp olive oil for 40 cals, a cup of frozen broccoli 50 cals, a half cup of chopped peppers for 15 cals, half a cup of chopped onion for 30 cals, and a half ounce of cheese for 50 cals, which would total out to 325 cals. or you could do coconut yogurt and granola. or whatever you basic staples are. then you can keep all of the breakfasts that you've adjusted to fit your needs in one place and instead of gazing aimlessly into the fridge wondering what to do [at least that's what i tend to do] you can just go to your cards and skim through or randomly pick one.
and then you do that with adjusting all your lunches to fit the calorie range you need them to. and then you do dinners. then your snacks. and then you mostly just pick from all the work you have already done. and once you get that done, it's the matter of adding one or two new options here or there and then adding a few more calories to each meal once you're maintaining. so it's just basically making the work you've already done more user friendly. because if you've already figured out the calories for something, you just have to follow the recipe and you don't have to think about it anymore.

11/20/13 7:43 P

Because of your food restrictions, I would definitely suggest that you call your local hospital(s) and see if any group weight loss programs are offered through the nutrition/dietitian dept. Then you would have the support of a group + the dietitian could help with meal plans that meet your needs.

Your SP Registered Dietitian

LOVE4KITTIES Posts: 4,689
11/20/13 12:55 P

Have you considered setting up some meetings with a registered dietitian? I had one and she was wonderful--helped me lose lots of weight (along with Spark People). She reviewed what I was eating and gave suggestions about what I could do to make what I was currently eating more balanced/healthy, suggested new foods and food combinations, gave suggestions on timing of meals, etc.

KELLYK1027 SparkPoints: (6,714)
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11/20/13 12:21 P

I guess my current issues are that I am so busy. An I feel lien I need some one on one support. I have a lot of food allergies, and unfortunately the meal plans frustrated me because I couldn't customize it to my dietary needs. For example, I am allergic to most fruit, daory, mushrooms, seafood etc. I had to go out on my own to find foods that I could eat. That's why I want to find a plan that would allow me to customize, but have more direction about what I should be eating.

LOVE4KITTIES Posts: 4,689
11/20/13 12:12 P

Have you considered turning on the meal plans here on Spark People? They will tell you what to eat. If you don't have an ingredient or food, you can substitute it for one you do have or which is more reasonably priced. For example, if the meal plan calls for raspberries and you don't have them (or they are too expensive at the store), you can click the substitute button and substitute them for another fruit.

SUSAN_FOSTER Posts: 1,229
11/20/13 12:09 P

What is it about your current plan that is stressing you out? Once you identify that, maybe you can figure out ways to make it less stressful.

My own personal guideline - don't make changes that you can't maintain for a lifetime. I lost my weight on WW over 10 years ago; I've maintained that weight loss even though I don't follow the program anymore, because the habits that were instilled were not absolute "NO - YOU CAN'T HAVE THAT" statements.

KELLYK1027 SparkPoints: (6,714)
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11/20/13 12:05 P

I am looking for a structured diet plan to follow. I want something with long term success, not a fad diet. I have already lost 50 pounds, but I have another 50 to go. The counting calories has been good, but I find myself stressing out trying to figure out what to eat. I need a plan that will help me with this. I have very realistic goals about weight loss, I don't expect it to be quick. I just need to know what to do. I have been considering medical weight loss, weight watchers, Adkins, medifast etc. can anyone tell me the pros and cons to this? How do the long term success rates look? Are there better options?

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