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Healthy Eating - Day 1 Recap and further thoughts

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

I alluded this in my status yesterday, but yesterday was my first day following the Sparkpeople Diet plan. Monday night I went to the grocery store with my grocery list and a pen. I wandered around for almost an hour trying to find everything on said list (only had 2 things I didn't find - individual 1 oz tilapia filets and flax seed. Tilapia should be easy - any thoughts as to the general location of flax seed in a store?) I'll tell you what, it's been a long time since there's been that much produce in my fridge (and so much color!)

So yesterday, learned a couple of things:
1) Yogurt isn't too bad - texture's definitely something different, but not bad. Going to eat that more often.
2) 0.5 cup of dry rice DOES NOT equal 0.5 cup of cooked rice. Anyone know the conversion factor so I'm not stuck with lots of rice that's not on my plan for the week?
3) Pineapple is REALLY sweet. I was supposed to have a big slice of it with dinner (topped with cottage cheese) and could only eat half of what I was supposed to. It's just too sweet for me.
4) I need more small tupperware in order to bring my lunch every day.

Now it's question time:
1) Beans. Meal plan calls for beans. Doesn't say what to do with them. Am I supposed to cook them/heat them up/put spices? Or do you just eat beans straight (obviously not a huge part of my diet.)
2) Who knew that lentils were with the beans? Not me.
3) It might just be my store, but is wild rice always expensive? Could I substitute brown rice for wild?

Alright - back to work. Busy busy day ahead.

-Katie
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WANTTOPLAYAGAIN 1/20/2013 1:11PM

    Yeah, I don't know the rice conversion either.
Beans - so many ways to eat them - I like to start with some sautéed minced onion, garlic and carrot. Stir in the rice, and add some seasoning. Curry is one of my fav's, also taco seasoning. I don't use recipes much, but I bet there's a ton of them on this site somewhere.
Lentils (they rock), dry beans, quinoa, and so many new whole grains being added to the grocery (in the rice section : b) all the time! And yes, wild rice is always expensive. I looked it up (you're welcome) and wild rice is less cal, less fat, less carbs, same fiber, more protein than brown rice (/100g). Jeez - I'll have to try it - avoided b/c of the cost. . .

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KAREN72772 1/18/2013 7:25PM

  not sure but I thin if you want 1/2 cup cooked rice you would half that in dry -

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