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CANADIANFROG09 Posts: 1,994
1/18/14 6:40 A

No!

DPDAVIS Posts: 3,347
1/17/14 11:07 P

No

QUILTINGQUE Posts: 3,110
1/17/14 10:16 P

nope, I just watch what I eat and eat smaller portions

LOLA_LALA Posts: 659
1/17/14 9:43 P

I'd echo what SKIMBRO just wrote!

Works for me, too :)

SKIMBRO SparkPoints: (92,859)
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1/17/14 6:29 P

I do not follow a menu plan. I basically think of foods that I like and try new things when I get the chance.

I review my meals from previous days and try to stay close to those food items because I know that they work. emoticon

UMBILICAL Posts: 12,786
1/17/14 4:34 P

Not really

GEVANS7 SparkPoints: (243,948)
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Posts: 2,119
1/17/14 4:07 P

Not really, but I'll go through the tracker and mark off anything from my daily intake and then add what I ate. When I'm "in the zone" my meals are basic and repetitious.

SIMPLYME80 Posts: 406
1/17/14 3:42 P

No. Since I have/had a lot of weight to lose, I allow all foods in my in moderation without a specfic plan. .

SALGUOD2 Posts: 3,839
1/17/14 12:41 P

yes

SCHEALTHNUTT SparkPoints: (49,055)
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Posts: 1,913
1/17/14 12:35 P

No I prefer flexibility, as I use a wide variety of recipes.

WALIDGAZALA Posts: 8,106
1/17/14 10:29 A

I am too old for it

LADYBIRD82 Posts: 1,700
1/17/14 10:28 A

NO

EXOTEC Posts: 3,327
1/17/14 10:16 A

Meal planning doesn't work very well for me, even if I'm using my own recipes. And pre-planning meals is a disaster.

I've changed the way I eat now to eating only when I'm hungry - not "when it's time" for a meal. When my body tells me it needs nutrition, it tells me *what* nutrition it needs, too. Sometimes that's just some veggies and dip, or a cup of fruit. Sometimes it's nothing but a hearty portion of meat, or a couple eggs. Many times I'm just craving fluids! Soup or broth is great for that too, and I love those.

If you mean an overall plan for what foods I will eat, then yes... but I don't eat on a schedule, and don't try to put together "meals." I eat what I need, and that seems to work for me.



JAMIRBLAZE Posts: 1,687
1/17/14 10:03 A

No. I've built up a group of recipes that I like to eat. In 2-3 week bursts, I plan out what I am going to eat those weeks for the main dish. I will then buy all of the dry goods, and shop weekly for fresh, consulting store ads for what veggies and fruits are on sale, etc.

PANFRIEDTROUT Posts: 4,227
1/17/14 9:00 A

I don't use the SP menu planner and I try to create and follow my own plan for the week. Sometimes I'm successful and other times not. I've noticed that when I *do* plan my meals and stick to it, less food goes to waste and I feel a sense of pride in "mission accomplished".

BLUENOSE63 SparkPoints: (108,021)
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1/15/14 6:47 P

At the beginning of each week, my DH lists the supper menu for the whole week. He does all the cooking. I eat the same thing for breakfast everyday....oatmeal. Lunch is pretty easy to figure out between salad, greek yogurt, etc.

MIRR1130 Posts: 6
1/15/14 5:57 P

More like I start them, but never really follow through or finish them. lol. I just judge it all and keep track of the things I eat in a diary. Sometimes I may have to guesstimate certain items, but otherwise I find using a diary helps.

CAMEOSUN SparkPoints: (86,609)
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1/15/14 2:05 P

No, but do consider some of the SP menu suggestions.

ODIEJO2 Posts: 1,179
1/15/14 1:06 P

No but I normally eat many of the same foods which makes it easier to track

SALGUOD2 Posts: 3,839
1/15/14 12:55 P

most of the time

RIET69 SparkPoints: (47,087)
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1/15/14 12:53 P

No, never have. I make my own menus and track.

PLUGINALONG SparkPoints: (30,258)
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Posts: 817
1/15/14 12:45 P

no

SHKIRK Posts: 1,168
1/15/14 12:41 P

It feels good to hear someone who feels like I do ! I am single and do not like cooking. I find it much easiler to buy the good stuff as I find/can afford it and go from there. emoticon

BUNNYKICKS Posts: 2,433
1/15/14 12:37 P

No, I do not and never have followed the Spark Menu Plan (or any other menu plan for that matter). I *do* follow the Spark guidelines for daily calorie, protein, fat and carb intake, but I cook whatever I like, whenever I want it (so long as it fits calorie- and nutrition-wise).

Some people like the security and guidance of a meal plan, but to me they always feel so very restrictive and controlling. They don't tend to account for things like "seasonal foods" (i.e. will tell you to eat a nectarine in December, or a pomegranate in July), nor "personal tastes and preferences." I much prefer to go to the produce store, load up on what looks good, and craft some meal plans around what I came home from the store with. Crafting the plan first and then trying to shop for all the required ingredients is more frustrating to me.

SLLYONS51 Posts: 3,169
1/15/14 12:12 P

No but I do cook extra staples to have on hand . Always have extra proteins ready and build from that

JEEP8294 Posts: 4,591
1/15/14 11:16 A

no but I do track my intake everyday

DIDS70 Posts: 5,368
1/15/14 11:06 A

typically I use my own. I have about 8 or 9 raw food recipe books. i may not follow the recipe exactly, but i use them to determine what i will be eating that week.

LDARNALL Posts: 21
1/15/14 11:04 A

I do now. Write it up on Sunday. I can substitute anything on it as long as the calorie content remains the same.

DRLMAZ Posts: 4,066
1/15/14 10:38 A

no

EMPRESSAMQ Posts: 5,077
1/15/14 10:25 A

No, I eat what I like.

KKKAREN Posts: 12,753
1/15/14 8:33 A

I make my own menu plan. That's what I disliked about most menu plans, they are of foods I don't like and they don't take leftovers into account. A lot of wasted food. I do track everyday and find that to be Sparks best feature.

BEARLYBOO SparkPoints: (0)
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1/15/14 8:15 A

I really haven't and my weight loss has been slow and I've had a lot of set backs. It's awesome I came across this topic because starting today I'm really going to try to track my food.

WALIDGAZALA Posts: 8,106
1/15/14 8:13 A

My wife got the menu with the help of what is available in the frdge

JEFFGIRL Posts: 10,627
1/15/14 7:14 A

With some variations.

FEDGIRL4 Posts: 2,168
1/15/14 6:57 A

The Spark meal planner is the same as on E-Diets which I did in 2007. I was disappointed by the listing of many items which I would use in limited quantities per week yet could only buy in large quantities at the store.

Do I make up my own meal plan? No. But what I do many times is eat the same foods for certain meals a week at a time.

GDANE3 SparkPoints: (215,347)
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1/15/14 6:49 A

Yes. hubby & I write out dinner menu for the up coming week, lunch & breakfast options, as well as snack items.

TENNISJIM Posts: 11,750
1/15/14 6:35 A

yes, i have weekly menu

FERNCREST Posts: 1,023
1/15/14 6:19 A

Yes, as I do all my cooking on Sundays.

TCANNO SparkPoints: (301,180)
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1/15/14 5:35 A

Only the tracking on here but I do like to change things around


SUNSET09 SparkPoints: (476,910)
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Posts: 120,622
1/15/14 3:50 A

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I do which consists of my first drink of the day and the end of the day is emoticon , my breakfast has fruit every day and a balance of protein, daily and a limited amount of carbs.My lunch and dinner are half plate of emoticon veggies, 1/4 protein and maybe lentils or a small amount of rice. I drink emoticon with every meal and if I want a dessert, I make sure it is within the calorie range of the day and something worth using the calories on. Everything in moderation! emoticon emoticon

MYAKAYAH Posts: 10,354
1/15/14 3:44 A

No but I am hoping to put together one at the beginning of the week so I can know what is for supper so I don't have to decide everyday what is for supper in the afternoons~

1LADYLEO SparkPoints: (0)
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1/15/14 2:51 A

not really

144AUTUMN SparkPoints: (75,311)
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1/15/14 12:54 A

no

JOYCECAIN SparkPoints: (123,574)
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Posts: 3,369
1/15/14 12:41 A

No

ALLYALLYT Posts: 9,467
1/14/14 11:52 P

no

GOALWTIN7 SparkPoints: (2,121)
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1/14/14 10:24 P

I do not follow a plan as I like to eat what I'm in the mood for at any given day as long as I keep it mostly on the healthy side. I just follow a calorie diet and try not to go over a certain number in my head each day.

KKLENNERT809 Posts: 10,742
1/14/14 10:12 P

Yes

GPHOENIX Posts: 2,839
1/14/14 10:11 P

No

SUITABLE Posts: 5,185
1/14/14 10:07 P

No

KARENSCFLD52 SparkPoints: (2,772)
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Posts: 93
1/14/14 10:04 P

I have been following the SparkPeople weekly menu plan. It is good but somewhat limited. I am wondering what menu plan other people use.


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