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Lunch Suggestions Wanted

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

I came to SparkPeople after I'd been on Weight Watchers for many months. I regularly ate more than 5 fruits and veggies. I was eating lean protein and dairy. I was drinking more water than before I was on WW. ( added more since coming to SP.) All in all I took my fairly healthy Weight Watcher eating habits and took them to a new level with SP. Particularly, counting my sodium has changed the way I eat for the better.

One thing I really miss from my old eating habits is deli luncheon meat. I used to add it to omlettes, my salads, and sandwiches almost every day. I'd even grab some deli meat for a snack, or wrap it around a dill pickle or fat free cheese slice. It was very convenient, low fat, and good protein. However, it is difficult to stay within the sodium limits when you include much deli meat. Add bread and condiments, or salad dressing for that matter, and you compound the problem.

I'm looking for a substitute for deli meats. For the most part I have rice (preferably brown rice) and beans and a veggie for lunch instead of omlette, chef salad, or sandwich. I find the new menu satisfying, but I often go over the limit for 35 gram fiber recommendation. Some days I want something different.

Perhaps you have a suggestion for easy, tasty, healthy lunches. Right now, I usually eat lunch at home, but sometimes have to pack a lunch for work. Ideas, please. Thanks, SparkFriends!!

  
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SLIMLILA 4/24/2010 8:32PM

    I don't cook with salt, so when supper is ready, I divided it into 3 portions not 2 and the third one is my lunch. ONce I get a couple in my freezer I have a good variety. The other thing I really like and is quick and easy is can soup and we both know where the sodium content of that is too!

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WALKINGANNIE 4/22/2010 6:58PM

    Good topic Marsha.

Like Baggypants, I like shellfish too. Scallops and shrimps are low fat and low calorie options and can be quite tasty. I eat much more of these than I used to.

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AQUAGIRL08 4/22/2010 8:11AM

    Deli meats, cheese and salad dressings are all high in sodium. I have trouble finding foods that aren't full of sodium too! One thing I'd like to suggest is to try the low sodium meat from Publix and rinse it off before you eat it. Sometimes the juices that the meat is packaged in are very high in sodium. The other thing I'd suggest is to hard boil some eggs and store them in the refrigerator. You can pull them out, peel them, take out the yolk and slice them on things. The egg white is pretty much pure protein and usually has around 20-30 calories per egg white. (I eat a lot of egg whites) You can sprinkle some salt free spices on a plate and roll the cooked whites in the spices for added flavor. Just a thought....

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WILD4STARS 4/22/2010 7:05AM

    I don't eat meat, but the thought came to mind that you could roast your own turkey breast and then slice it super thin. Or buy one already roasted, low sodium, and have the meat dept slice it for you. It's the sodium used in processing that makes the deli meats so much higher.

Might be worth a try.

Vikki

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MONGO2TEN 4/22/2010 5:20AM

    I like to put 2 slices of Canadian Bacon on an Arnold Sandwich Thin spread with a wedge of Laughing Cow cheese. Sometimes I add a slice of pineapple. Yummy and great for a day when I don't have a lot of points left. The Canadian Bacon might have more sodium than you'd like, but it is nice for an occasional treat.

~Nancy

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BAGGYPANTS5 4/22/2010 2:43AM

    I like shell fish, king prawns or shrimps, 1 gram = 1 calorie.
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TBRANCH2 4/21/2010 7:20PM

    what about cheese? It is a protein as well as peanut butter...
just a few suggestions...you know that I don't cook..hahaha that would be Bob's department....


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PO_PAZZA 4/21/2010 7:14PM

    Occasionally, I buy pork tenderloins, dowse them with loads of no-salt seasonings and a little bit of salt, grill or roast them, chill them well and then slice very thinly. After slicing, I'll add more seasonings to the cut sides. They are my new deli meats. I'll freeze portions so I can grab them quickly.

Mary

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MONTY68 4/21/2010 6:53PM

    Hi Marsha
Seems like the same problems, I love deli meats. I have been buying Boars Head low sodium turkey at publix's , I also buy publix's packaged turkey. It is so frustrating trying to stay within guide lines, I am usually at the top end for sodium.
I have been over on fiber everyday. I do eat fiber one for breakfast with 57% of daily allowance, so a lot of healthy food also have fiber and bam I am over. I really don't have the best suggestions, I do some days have skinless chicken breast without any bread. I will watch for comments also, any good suggestions will be used.

Monty

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PINKSAINT247 4/21/2010 5:17PM

    we get the low sodium meat from the publix deli and it seems to be significantly lower than pre-packaged kinds.

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Building Confidence

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Well, the hip is a little better today. I was able to do all my strength training machines. I entered them gingerly and made sure none strained the sore spot. I did 1/2 hour on the stationery bike and it felt good, kind of tingly in the injured area. Really the only part of my workout that hurt was putting on my left sock.

I went into my SparkPeople fitness plan and changed from 6 day of 60 minutes to 6 days of 30 minutes cardio with a plan to burn 720 calories. So that is a reduction of minutes and intensity. My calories range went down from 1500-1850 to 1340-1690. And honestly in the last six months I often have gone over my calorie range, but over my cardio minutes, too. So we'll see how I do with eating less in order to maintain. I plan to succeed, but know it may be a challenge.

On the positive side, when I succeed at this challenge, I will be building confidence in my ability to maintain. -Marsha

  
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-WRKNG2ABTTRME- 4/20/2010 6:53PM

    Please take care of yourself. emoticon

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AQUAGIRL08 4/20/2010 2:44PM

    I was worried that you might have really hurt yourself. It sounds like backing off it a bit and using ice has worked. You're doing an amazing job Marsha!

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WALKINGANNIE 4/20/2010 2:31PM

    I'm very glad that there is some improvement Marsha.

You have made a sensible plan and, typically of your can-do spirit, have found a silver lining.

Hope the sock is easier to put on tomorrow.


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JHADZHIA 4/20/2010 12:06PM

    Sounds like a great plan! Good lesson for others who suffer an injury and need to pull back. All the best with it!
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LAURIE5658 4/20/2010 12:06PM

    Folks don't realize how important that food tracker is and having it updated with the amount of fitness you are doing as it is directly tied together. Good for you, Marsha, for changing it now and YES it will be interesting how you will do with this change.

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Hitch in My Get Along

Monday, April 19, 2010

Today when I tried to stand up after playing with play dough on the floor with Natalie, I did something. Something not good. I twisted or pulled or strained my left hip. I can walk just fine, but sitting down, getting up, and bending over hurt.

I'm sitting on a bag of ice now. Zumba started 19 minutes ago without me. I'm hoping this affliction will be short lived. I got in over 14,000 steps today before the injury.

I'll just wait and see how it feels tomorrow before I decide what I can do. -Marsha

  
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GATOR12 4/20/2010 11:25AM

    Here's hoping you are going better but still kind to yourself today. I am not kind to myself always and it usually sets me back longer but YOU ARE SMARTER AND WON'T DO THAT TO YOURSELF!!??!!

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ZELLAZM 4/20/2010 10:39AM

    Hope today finds you feeling better!
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JHADZHIA 4/19/2010 9:14PM

    I hate getting those injuries. Do rest it. Take care. I hope you have a speedy recovery. emoticon

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VALERIEMAHA 4/19/2010 9:00PM

    Oh my, I'm so sorry. Be gentle with yourself and listen to your body's signals. And as Anne said, "keep up the positive self-talk. It's at times like this that you really need it!"
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ONEKIDSMOM 4/19/2010 8:55PM

    Ouch! Hope you feel better soon... be gentle with you! emoticon

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AQUAGIRL08 4/19/2010 8:36PM

    Marsha,

I know how terrible it is when your hip hurts! Hopefully a little rest and some ice will do the trick. If you need anything or if I can help you, please call me. Feel better!

Hugs,
Cyndi

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MONTY68 4/19/2010 7:05PM

    Marsha
Maybe by the time you see this answer your hip is feeling better. As far as treatment I get conflicting suggestions when I do something One source tells me ice, one says heat and I also have heard alternate. Doeds it hurt to touch, maybe alittle massage. The other day I ask the athletic director about a friend that seemed to hurt something in her arm and she said ice.
Anyhow my thoughts are with you as it starts its healing process.

Monty

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BESTSUSIEYET 4/19/2010 6:39PM

    Ice is good ... I've found sitting on the floor playing doesn't work for me anymore. God bless you with His Healing Hands!

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EMBRACE_SUCCESS 4/19/2010 6:38PM

    Take care of yourself! I hope your hip is feeling better soon!!

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-WRKNG2ABTTRME- 4/19/2010 6:06PM

    Hope you get to feeling better soon...Marsha. Please take care.
~Nancy~

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PERSISTANT123 4/19/2010 5:49PM

    Oh Marsha, I hope you heal soon. I know how hard it is for you to stay down!
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WALKINGANNIE 4/19/2010 5:17PM

    Oh Marsha, I'm so sorry to hear this. Healing thoughts heading your way....

I hope it won't be too long before you are back to your usual turbo-charged self.

In the meantime, keep up the positive self-talk. It's at times like this that you really need it.

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WILD4STARS 4/19/2010 5:17PM

    Hope you feel better soon. After you've had that ice on for awhile it sometimes helps to switch to heat. Hopefully nothing serious.

Was great to meet you Saturday. I've already got the next Circle B walk marked on my calendar.

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LAURIE5658 4/19/2010 5:04PM

    Marsha, I am sending many many positive {{{vibes}}} NOW!! Take care, my friend!

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MOM2PACO 4/19/2010 5:03PM

    Hope you feel better soon!

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RISSASPIECES 4/19/2010 4:56PM

    Yikes Marsha! I have done that to my shoulder, but never my hip. Hope you heal quickly!

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884 Calories!!

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Often I enter my food in the nutrition tracker before I eat it. One of the advantages of that technique is then I eat more confidently. Entering the whole day or the whole week ahead of time and adjusting for any last minute changes (Did you eat the last banana, dear?) is a strategy I'd like to try. However, my hubby really likes to choose his meal based on how he feels an hour or two before. So I may never get that organized. But yesterday I had a scare because I chose to enter my food after I had already eaten.

At supper time I was busy trying to get it all on the table hot and I had drop in visitors. Very welcome, but they didn't want to stay for dinner and by the time they left, I was rewarming and just didn't take the time to enter my food first. I wasn't certain how many calories I had left, but thought I could estimate.

After supper I sat down and entered my meal. I was prepared that I might go just a little over my totals for the day. But I was shocked when I saw 2,600+ calories as the total. I wondered what in the heck I had eaten to bring a total way over what I had anticipated. I scanned the list.

There it was. My 1 teaspoon of canola oil was counted as 884 calories. Whew!! I deleted that entry and carefully selected the canola oil in the SparkPeople database for about 40 calories, not the one that had been entered by a member. So then I was just 6 calories over for the day. Much better.

I went back in and reported the error in the database. It is still there this morning, but it is Sunday and I'm sure they will get to it before long. That is a reminder to heed what SP tells you. The nutrition info entered by fellow members may not be accurate.

  
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JOHAL52 4/18/2010 11:06PM

    I have sometimes entered something from a member and not checked the calorie count. Then realized it is way over what I know I ate. Also, I like to see where I am at with protein %s, etc., and sometimes members don't enter all of that information. So I usually do my own entering from boxes and from restaurant calorie sites only go to members' info as a last resort.

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GATOR12 4/18/2010 10:33PM

    That would really be a harsh shock. I'm going to watch closer too. But I can usually be pretty close and know when the numbers aren't right. I have mislogged amts. like instead of 1 tsp butter; one cup!! Lots difference.

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MONTY68 4/18/2010 7:17PM

    Hi Marsha
very interesting. I guess most things I eat, I have plugged in. I have searched on Spark and assumed that it was theirs.
I never used the members food. But I think it is a good reminder for us. One thing I notice that is not disclosed is potassium and we might assume it doesn't have any.
I feel your experience and being aware of what you eat and track certainly allowed you to challenge that figure.
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DONNABRIGHT 4/18/2010 1:49PM

    I had the same experience with a sandwich that had over 8000 grams of carbs - I don't remember where now but that was a shocker!

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WALKINGANNIE 4/18/2010 12:47PM

    What a shock! I've sometimes entered things twice by accident and it's a horrible moment went you see the total!

I usually have a fair idea of the general calorie levels now and tend to track in the late afternoon or early evening and then match the rest of the day's food to the available 'calorie budget'.

Well done on only being 6 cals over.

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JHADZHIA 4/18/2010 12:26PM

    I eat much of the same thing so its no biggie to enter before or after I eat. I only adjust if I know I am going out to eat somewhere. I have noticed a lot of errors in what people have entered. I end up using my own reading from the label. I have to wonder how they can read a label wrong? Also some are too lazy to enter the nutrients and leave everything blank except the calories :(
Also there are sometimes tons of entries for the same food and you have to wade through them one at a time until the nutrients actually match what you see on your own label, very frustrating with a slow connection. They really need to pare down some of those multiple entries! I have got to admit, I have never reported anything because I have heard sometimes American labels differ from the Canadian ones for the same product.

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THERAPIST2 4/18/2010 10:55AM

    Did you ever hit the wrong quantity by mistake- like a dozen eggs instead of one!? I have managed a couple of those blunders and always gasp at the total calories before I see the blunder. It gives me a good laugh

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AMBUDMAN 4/18/2010 10:36AM

    I always enter my own nutrition information from the labels on my products. I have found there are a lot of errors.

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HLTHYETER 4/18/2010 10:21AM

    Thanks for the information--I had noticed members commenting on incorrect nutrition amounts below the recipes, but never realized this could get through due to member submission.

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RAYLINSTEPHENS 4/18/2010 10:02AM

    WTG on 6 calories over! I think that is fantastic!!

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PERSISTANT123 4/18/2010 8:54AM

    I didn't realize you could notify SP when something was that far off. I always check the nutrition value of an item if I haven't already used it in the past. I want the calories to be at least close to what my nutrition label says, and I want all of the nutritional information...not just the calories per serving.

Glad to know that someone's incorrect input was the cause for you to be so far over! Have a great day!
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ZELLAZM 4/18/2010 8:52AM

    That's a good reminder. I hardly ever use member-entered numbers because many of my foods are things I've entered myself. But if there's a Spark number and a member number to choose from, I go with Spark.

You must have been really shocked! I know I've done that when I entered 100 grams of something instead of ten, or made some other error. The joys of tracking!

Thanks for your encouragement, Marsha - have a good Sunday today!
Michelle

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CUBFANGIRL1 4/18/2010 8:46AM

    Wow, I never thought to double check member entries. . . good catch!

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HOPE5764 4/18/2010 8:37AM

    I usually enter all mine in the morning; it makes it easier for me to make sure what I can eat & how much. I do watch to make sure the calories are correct. But thanks for pointing that out; I will be more watchful.

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I Win the Argument!

Saturday, April 17, 2010

I ate a little more than I intended to eat yesterday. It was all healthy food and I really know that it isn't a problem. I can rein it back a bit if the scale shows I need to. But my first thought when I woke up today was rather negative. I was telling myself that I deserve to be overweight.

I argued with myself. I said I do not. My body reflects all my food choices and activity over a long period of time. Not just yesterday. And it is a good thing, too. Can you imagine what life would be like if our weight only reflected what we ate yesterday? I'd have mad weight swings and I wouldn't be alone.

I just read a blog that made me stop and think. I am thankful for this body. After years of abuse, it just wants to heal and seek greater health. Such a blessing! And I want to use my self-talk to encourage it to do just that.



  
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ZELLAZM 4/18/2010 7:20AM

    Telling yourself the truth...good strategy!

Blessings today
Michelle

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MONGO2TEN 4/18/2010 5:52AM

    Good job. I needed to hear it as well, so thanks:)

~Nancy

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JHADZHIA 4/18/2010 1:24AM

    Way to go Marsha!
You are showing everyone how its done! Its not just the physical that has to heal the body, you have to be mentally ready to be healthy as well!
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AQUAGIRL08 4/17/2010 10:39PM

    I'm so glad that today is today and yesterday is yesterday! You are doing an amazing job. Adjusting to your maintenance weight may take a little time. Be gentle with yourself.

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JOHAL52 4/17/2010 9:49PM

    Great message Marsha!

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WATERMELLEN 4/17/2010 9:39PM

    Good self-message: you would have had to eat 3,500 excess calories in 1 day to gain even 1 real pound: and pretty sure, that didn't happen!!

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MNNICE 4/17/2010 8:44PM

    When I think of the ways I abused my body over the years I thank God every day that I am in such good health today and that no ill effects have as yet shown up as a result. Great blog - we all need to have a good argument with ourselves now and then!

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MONTY68 4/17/2010 6:16PM

    Hi Marsha
As usual a fantastic blog. It just shows you are so successful. I totally agree with you and I am glad you won the argument. I never quite understood that if we ate within our calorie requirements for 6 days and on the seventh day we exceeded the limit, how could we gain weight. So if one knows and tracks correctly that any weight gain would not be valid. So, don't feel so guilty and remember that what you ate yesterday was healthy and you enjoyed it. emoticon

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ALYFITN 4/17/2010 4:30PM

    Great positive self-talk! I love your blog! emoticon

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BESTSUSIEYET 4/17/2010 4:29PM

    Good job defeating those negative old thoughts! Keep up the good work - you are such an encouragement to the rest of us!

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WILD4STARS 4/17/2010 4:27PM

    Oh, how thankful I am that my today isn't a direct reflection of my yesterday. I could have some totally nasty, rotten days!

I like to say that my path is one of "progress not perfection."

Enjoyed meeting you today, I'm really going to try to do more of the Team Walks.
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WALKINGANNIE 4/17/2010 4:12PM

    I just love your self-talk Marsha. You express the fears that many of us have and the logical reassurances that we all need to hear.

I'm very grateful for your wise thoughts and for the goodie that you kindly gave me - much appreciated.

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EMBRACE_SUCCESS 4/17/2010 4:06PM

    Way to go winning the argument! You deserve and are giving yourself a healthy, wonderful life!!

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PERSISTANT123 4/17/2010 4:03PM

    I'm so glad that you won the argument! If we had to be perfect, none of use would be doing this. If we do well most of the time, it will show. Keep on keeping on Marsha!
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