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Lesson Learned: When Cooking For One Make Only One

Friday, November 30, 2012

If the recipe states: Serves 8, devide by 8. Use a ramekin to bake a pie, or cake.

Make just one cookie or two if you have a DH. No need for you to eat up leftovers so they don't go to waste. Leftovers always go to waist.

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EATVEGAN 12/1/2012 1:14AM

    Excellent idea! Those cookie rolls where you just cut off a cookie or two and bake them would work well for this, unless you're a cookie dough eater. They have frozen biscuits where you can just put one or two in the oven at a time, too.

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BELDONDOG1 11/30/2012 9:42PM

    What a great bit of advice--thanks for sharing, Marty!

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    Too true. And your photo looks delicious!

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LINOVER 11/30/2012 3:15PM

    Good advice!

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TUBLADY 11/30/2012 1:28PM

    I usually make half of a recepie. . I always bake in small amounts. If I can't share with my grandsons or family I won't bake it. Even when cooking I make two servings, but immediately store the extra in the fridge for the next day. Out of sight, out of mind.
Who ever said cooking for one is easier than a family was off base. But I have been alone for so long I have adapted.
Take care,
Tisha emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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IOWAGRAMMA 11/30/2012 12:50PM

    Absolutely the best suggestion I've heard for a long while!! Love this idea, and it's so simple! Thanks, Marty!

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GOOSIEMOON 11/30/2012 8:55AM

    It's adorable! emoticon

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VAPIDWENCH 11/30/2012 8:53AM

    Such a good idea with the ramekins! Will definitely give it a try.

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MIMIDOT 11/30/2012 8:30AM

    Good idea! Thanks for sharing.

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Reduce search time when adding foods:

Sunday, November 25, 2012

This saves me time tracking my nutrition: I use 10 meal groups. Besides the usual breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks, I use entre, sides one and two, salads, condiments, and extras. These are like a menu with portion size and availability. It cuts my search time and saves on food costs ( I eat up leftovers before they spoil). I carry the menus forward each day with few changes. Instead of always searching for food items, I choose from the menu. I transfer them to the breakfast, lunch or dinner area and at the end of the day delete the itms remaining in the entre, sides, etc. I have carried them intact to the next day for my use. The current day then only has the regular meals.

My favorites took to long to load, as I had too many.

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JBINAUSTIN 11/28/2012 11:38AM

    That's a great idea!

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KADYSMOM11 11/26/2012 1:57PM

    that's a great idea! Thanks! emoticon

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LINOVER 11/25/2012 10:05PM

    Sounds like a good plan. I will have to try it too! Thanks for suggesting it!

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JILL313 11/25/2012 9:28PM

    I'll have to try your idea as it sounds easier than going through all my favorites. I've been struggling, big time, as can't seem to get back on track since Thanksgiving. It reaffirms to me that yes I am a food addict, unfortunately. Thanks for this idea.



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BELDONDOG1 11/25/2012 5:28PM

    Good Idea, Marty!! Noel

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GLITTER60 11/25/2012 4:33PM

    sounds good. it works for you. now that hubby can eat more salt i might be able to use a cookbook. i use to have to rework reciepes or figure out what i could eat by myself not get bored and not spoil food.

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IOWAGRAMMA 11/25/2012 3:49PM

    Sounds like a great plan, Marty! I have found that I can search in my favorites, too! I never thought of it until about 6 months ago...my favorites list is so long now that it was almost like searching in the big one! Love, Jeannie

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Hunger pangs may be stomach ulcer from pain meds.

Friday, November 16, 2012

I knew I had stomach problems from all the drugs I'd been taking for pain. I found myself eating all the time trying to quash the knawing feeling in my stomach. I researched on the web and found that yogurt and cabbage juice were recommended for stomach ulcers. Just knowing that it's not hunger but a actual problem that can be fixed is making it easier to stay on track with my diet.

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CLAIRE_LEFT_SP 11/28/2012 4:00PM

    I had an ulcer for a while. I found a bit of ice cold milk before I ate helped coat and sooth my tummy. Don't assume it's all meds - be sure you are managing stress effectively, too.

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EATVEGAN 11/17/2012 11:44PM

    Glad you're able to stay on your plan. But I agree that it would be best to check with your doctor.

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JILL313 11/17/2012 6:49PM

    I've heard yogurt and cabbage are good and soothing to your tummy. I have a nervous stomach and also arthritis and I take too many aspirin and Tums. Ask your Dr. what's best to do next time you see him/her. Take good care.



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MIRFA71 11/17/2012 12:04AM

    That was informative. consulting a doctor may also be helpful. wish you good health.

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FITSMALLCLOTHES 11/16/2012 11:13PM

    Might not hurt to see a doctor too.
Good job changing your foods.

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God's Gift to Women

Sunday, February 07, 2010

As I get older and complain about white hair and weight problems, my husband always has a nice retort. I think as women age God blessed men with poorer eyesight. Here's a few of my husband comments:

"You're more beautiful than when I married you."

"I always wanted a big busted blonde"

"I think you look just like a model."

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PYNETREE 11/24/2012 12:17PM

    Sounds like you, and I, both picked the best guys in the Husband category! I try to do the same caring, loving things back. emoticon

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READINGDOC 2/7/2010 9:21PM

    I'm glad that your husband says nice things to you. My husband has been doing that for 40 years, but for the first 39 I didn't believe him. I only heard what I believed about myself -- "You're fat, you're ugly, you're clumsy, etc." It's nice when someone can say nice things to you, but it's even nicer when you can say them to yourself and mean them.


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SUPREME5 2/7/2010 1:37PM

    some hubbys can be soooooooo nice and others so rottennnnnn
guess we get what we have glad yours is a keeper
dorene emoticon

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VEGGIE-FITNESS 2/7/2010 12:41PM

    Well I think he's a keeper! My husband says nice things when I am not so nice to myself. Bad eyesight or not, its good to hear some encouraging words. By the way, I looked at your profile picture and I think you are quite gorgeous. Very Lauren Bacall. Have a great week! ~Pam

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CRYSTALSCHALL 2/7/2010 12:35PM

  My husband makes little comments all the time. He knows what will really make me mad. He is a smart ass so he just always wants to mess with me. I have learned to ignore him or do the same thing back so that I don't get too hurt by it.

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Don't try to fix everything at once.

Tuesday, September 02, 2008

I've found that if I try to fix vitamins, food, water, exercise, all at the same time I am setting myself up for failure.
This time my top priority was vitamins and minerals, then food intake. I have theses two now down to a system I am happy with. Preparing food for other family members is no longer a problem. It is not my food. It meets their dietary needs not mine.
I have been increasing my physical activity naturally as I feel better. My mind and body seem to exist in the environment more freely (I attribute this to diet). I am now going to concentrate on the physical portion of my health plan. I think the water intake will increase naturally with the exercise as i will be more aware of thirst.

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MARTINIGAL413 9/5/2008 11:09PM

    I agree! I think it's best to take things one (or maybe two) steps at a time. I know what happens with me is I get this wave of motivation and try to do it all at once - and then I get frustrated when it all comes crashing down. I'm trying to take it slow and not get discouraged. I had NO idea a lifestyle change was so hard!!

Best of luck to you with your goals!
Have a fabulous weekend!

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BIGGIRL2082010 9/2/2008 3:42PM

    Fantastic! I think you hit the nail on the head - DON'T try to fix everything at once. Brilliant - and the results are obviously working for you!

Keep it up!


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