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STARMONICA
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egg, fruit and veggies.
Snack: wheat cookies, oatmeal snacks.



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There are so many ready meals and soups and such items on the supermarket shelves - I check the calorie content per 100g to see if it's worth adding into my menus - and sometimes you can find stuff that seems outwardly high calorie but when you look closer it is very low cal. I found some soups - which I can then add to i.e.:

there's this one wonton soup which is clear and tastes very delicate - it has 4 wonton dumplings in it with vegetarian mince filling - the whole can, 400g is around 100 calories in total - which is amazing in my opinion -

so I can add 20g of udon noodles and boil into the soup on the stove, add 1/2 of oriental veg and some prawns and I have a well rounded and good tasting meal which is still around 250-300 calories depending on how much I add and depending on my mood. At the same time there are some soups that are 120 calories per can with couscous, veggies and lovely morrocan flavourings so I can add chicken or meat leftovers to customize the base and get a decent meal out of it.

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I have areas of the grocery store that I stay out of. The isle's in the center are not for me. I just shop in the produce area, dairy area, meat area, and finally the Deli area.

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I allow myself one treat... it makes it easier to buy all those vegetables :)



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I always buy flavored sparkling water, the kind without any artificial sweeteners. There are a ton of flavors nowadays and it's so much better than soda.

I also love laughing cow light cheeses. They are satisfying and only 35 cal.



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I check the weekly add and see what freggies are on sale. i also try to create a menu so i can eat right. i also check other specials to see where i can save money



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Reading the ingredient list is definitely key if you buy anything that isn't a whole food. I am a vegetarian so have to do this anyway to avoid meat, but it has definitely been eye opening when it comes to sugar and what have you. And let me just say, you would be surprised how many foods that sound vegetarian contain "chicken fat" or "beef extract". Since being on Sparkpeople, I have stopped eating so much bread and cheese (because that's what an unhealthy vegetarian eats!) so I usually buy fresh and frozen veggies when I can, and a lot of canned beans. I always rinse them, the added sugar and salt is crazy!

What are you waiting for?


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I don't usually buy anything except maybe a loaf of bread from the grocery bakery department. I got a real eye opener though when a friend of mine who works in one saved me some empty buckets to use. Vanilla flavored pre-whipped topping = high fructose corn syrup, partially hydrogenated palm oil and a bunch of artificial crap. I can't think of anything that is a worse choice. wow!



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I try not to shop whilst I'm hungry, less likely to buy things I shouldn't. I also write a list before I go and stick to what is on the list so I'm not tempted to buy junk- especially when it's on *special offer!!*.
My boyfriend does a lot of the shopping and is much healthier than me with his choices so that helps.

If I buy junk food, I keep it in the small front bit of the trolley so I can see it and do buy less using this method, and if I don't have it in the house, I'm not eating it!

My boyfriend loves buying the pre packaged prepared fruit salads and last time we went shopping together I managed to convince him to buy a whole melon and a bunch of grapes instead, with some little food containers (he wasn't happy, thought we'd end up throwing most of it away) and when I got in I chopped it up and put it into the containers and put them in the fridge. We got a lot more for a lot less money and haven't wasted any- having it there ready to snack on means we have both been eating more fruit than we would normally!



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I eat a lot of chicken and fish, and when I get bored with that I will have portabella mushroom sprinkled with parmesan and fresh spinach.
The chicken I bake several or more, usually on a Sunday. I use olive oil, and any preferred seasoning. I will also bake my fresh veggies at the same time. I break it down into individual containers for each meal when I'm done. The same applies to the fish.
I can have more to eat with these foods because the calorie intake is low.
Once you get it down, you have a rythm to it and it's fast.



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Lot's of wonderful ideas here!

There is a recipe for Baked Egg Cups on SparkPeople. They are easy to make - just takes a piece of deli ham (I buy the "natural" kind with no nitrates or nitrites) and an egg. Sprinkle with cheese after cooking. I freeze them in small containers and take them out and microwave them for breakfasts. Also look for a recipe called Muffin Frittata (using real egg). These can be frozen too and are easy - I also freeze these for future breakfasts.

I recommend the Clementines if you are looking for a good orange...or how about a banana?

For cheese, I don't use anything processed. I do prefer the whole fat but do use low fat for some things.

For another quick breakfast, break an egg into a coffee mug, whip it up good, add some veggies (like mushrooms or green peppers), and microwave it for a minute or so. You can then add some shredded cheese or a Laughing Cow wedge and melt it in. Yummy and fast!

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My better choice for grocery shopping is... bringing a magnifying glass! It lets me find the garbage (like added fat, salt, sugar) hidden in the ingredients.
It's been a real "eye-opener" emoticon that food manufacturers want to treat me as a consumer like a total sucker... sorry, but there's no nicer way to put it.
Like this morning...started to pick up a bag of 'Simply Potatoes' and almost threw it in the grocery cart without checking the ingredients. It must be 'simply potatoes', right? Wrong; the second ingredient was Dextrose (sugar), the third was salt, the preservatives later. No bueno.



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My new choices are:

wassa crackers 70 calories for 3 and i do not eat all three at one time. They are large so you can

add good choices to the top of them.

Strawberrys have got me off cookies at about 50 calories a bowl or cup full

Cutie oranges are great 35 calories

Hot air popcorn is fiber and low in calories. You can add spritz of butter to it to make dab of

seasoning stick. I like it alone now and it really helps on stress times.

Carrys diet syrup drizzle on Sara Lee 45 calorie bread if one must eat bread

Chicken breast skinless and i have given up Pork Chops and ribs and ground beef and Turkey

less meat has helped me also afford the fruits and vegetables.

Egg white is 17 calories toss yolk to birds.


Any vegetable altho i do not now eat corn or potatoes. I do not eat white foods at all .

No frozen meals, no butter, no cereals, no sweet tea, no candy or cake or baked cookies.

If i want sweet i grab fruit and no sugar cool whip or a wassa with cow cheese or even for a treat

slice of real cheese between two wassa for lunch is good still low in calories.

I am on day 28 with No cookies thanks to my new menu.

Drink coffee or tea no sugar i add lemon and splenda . water and coke 0

I have lost at least 5 pounds in the 28 days maybe more i ordered new scale with larger numbers.

I agree with some i read on where to shop in a store.

Skip all box foods and stay in fruit and vegetable isle.

Then run get some dannon light yogart dont buy ones with things in it add your own fruit.

Cost less and better for you

Found i am spending same on food just better choices. Fruit and vegetables cost no more than

bags of cookies at about 300 bag now for a few.

Main thing is write calories before you eat the food if item is to high to not eat it.

Measure your food till you learn a serving on any item is usually ONE cup

I am on 1000 calories a day and i feel good.

Grandbaby says when you getting off diet. I say i am not on a diet i am on a lifechange so i can

be around for you.

I am certainly not terribly overweight but any over is really to much as it affects our health.

Good luck to all and ps do not buy candy or such if not in house at first it will help.

Later once your off sugar you will NOT want it



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5/5/13 9:40 P

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I tried to lose some weight a few years ago and while I was doing okay, I stopped. Now, I have recently started a healthier routine and here I am again and heavier. I am committed to reaching my goal. While reading over the posts here, it's only made me want to do more to achieve my goal. I've gotten some ideals of what to try and do when I go grocery shopping in a few days. Thank you.

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do you buy any type of red meat. I prefer chicken and fish a lot. I would like to start recipes with beans in them, but I have not done this recently.

slowly but surely I will get to where I am going.


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My local supermarket bought the shop next to it, knocked down a wall, and expanded their fresh vegetable section into it. They now have a lot more varieties of veggies than they had before, some of which I didn't even recognize. This is lovely!

I go through the veggie section before I shop anywhere else in the store. Then I hit up the seafood area and pick one item that looks the freshest/tastiest, and isn't environmentally destructive (say no to the Chilean sea bass). Anything else I buy is specifically on a list I have with me before I enter the store.

Yep, there I am, swimming through the desert sands. Might just be a mirage, after all. But this is life, and we learn best about it if we explore it, and take our chances. A life unexplored, after all, is one of the saddest things out there.


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I find for me it is best if I only shop the outside of the store. If I venture into the aisles and the packaged food there I will come back with stuff I shouldn't eat. I only go in there if I have a list and something specific in mind.

As well, I am a huge fan of the reduced produce rack. You never know what you might find, you just have to be ready to have if for dinner in the next night or two.



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today is day 1 of my meal replacements twice a day from Herbalife. in a little while I will be leaving for the gym to work out. emoticon

slowly but surely I will get to where I am going.


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Great ideas from everyone. I have never loved orange juice but I eat oranges. I love making smoothies and juice so I buy fresh or frozen fruit. The Flat Outs are great for a quick veggie pizza, or wrap. If I know my time at home is going to be busy I will buy precut fresh or frozen instead of having to do the prep work.





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In Michigan, we don't pay taxeson food at the Grocery Stores

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While it's almost never mentioned, one of my shopping goals is to pay as little tax as possible. Whole, unprocessed foods such as grains and produce are not taxable. When I get my receipt and my tax is zero, I just grin! Not only did I get whole, healthy foods, I didn't pay *extra* for the privileged!

Aim for a zero-tax grocery shopping experience.



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instead of using bread, I now use Lefse

slowly but surely I will get to where I am going.


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That's a great idea! I agree on the fresh veggies too! emoticon



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stick to a plan when buying foods . do not go to shop while hungry . shop the outer edges of the store and you should do fine . buy fresh veggies . not junk .

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I wish it was that easy for me, lol
My bf and I love the same junk food!!

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just a quick tip - something i do since my husband and kids are not "dieting" and still want to eat chips, cookies, etc. i buy the ones i don't like but they do (like doritos - yuck!). that way they can continue as usual, but i am not tempted!



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great ideas

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I wish you the very best as you find your subs and catch your stride--I'm totally in the same boat, as far as 'reasonable' diet...I don't want to DIE-t. I want to change some habits, make healthier choices, make substitutions and fit in exercise...but if I feel like I'm constantly suffering, I've figured out that it's just not something I'm going to stick with!!
So, I can only tell you what's worked for me--and I hope it'll be helpful! :-)

I've made my own breakfast sammiches and frozen them...try the Thomas's Better Start Light...they're 100 calories apiece and have a better dietary fiber count than the others...Alternately, you could use bread--light bread tastes the same, but is a little smaller and sliced a bit thinner...
As for Canadian Bacon? That's actually a pretty lean meat, esp. for a breakfast cut. Splurge and have the bacon, or try turkey bacon...I've made them with leftover ham, as well, when we had a bit of the spiral-sliced stuff leftover. You could also check out the SparkRecipe for making your own sausage!
Another thing I've done is toss some fine-chopped fresh spinach in with the eggs. It really doesn't change the flavor, but it bumps up the nutritional value! :-)

If you're looking for a lighter alternative to OJ, try the Trop50--I've found that to be delicious!! Or do what I did, which was eventually to switch to tea in the morning. I brew it overnight and take a jug to work to drink all day...generally unsweetened green tea.

As far as cheese--try getting reduced fat...the Sargento is a good flavor. The Target Market Pantry brand of reduced fat cheddar is also good. Sargento also makes a thin-sliced version, which is full-fat but lower-cal. With cheese, it really is all about quantity... Although I find that I can satisfy a cheese craving with Babybel or Laughing Cow... Try 1/2 a whole grain bagel with a Laughing Cow light sundried tomato wedge and a couple slices of tomato...yum!!

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If you don't like oranges but do like orange juice -- perhaps sub in a fruit you do like to eat whole? Juice will give you the sugar content of say five or seven oranges all at once, without much if any pulp/fiber to slow down the sugar absorption.

Yep, there I am, swimming through the desert sands. Might just be a mirage, after all. But this is life, and we learn best about it if we explore it, and take our chances. A life unexplored, after all, is one of the saddest things out there.


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First of all if you eat 3500 calories that is a gain of 1 lb. Be sure you read labels on everything if it doesn't show ask a clerk. Make a list before and NEVER go shopping when you are hungry. Those food's will draw you to buy them.



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I am also addicted to the flatout flatbread. And I love that Costco has them.



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Buy fresh veggies and canned or dry beans and rice. We have been eating grilled veg and stir fries. I roasted some chick peas with some spices and they were really tasty! I did not care for the flatouts, to me, they taste weird. I like frozen fruit bars, eating Outshine pineapple and coconut kinds right now. Satisfies the sweet tooth for 80 cals!

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the fewer pre made things the better! i like the idea of the juicer, and i do use mine. it takes more time, yes, but also you can experiment and find yummy flavors not available in the store. also you can use the pulp for making delicious healthy muffins. i switched to almond milk but wasn't happy with any of the ones in the store, so i make my own and it is so much better, plus, i dry the pulp then grind it in the food processor and use it half and half with regular flour. don't think i would care for it "full strength."



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Have you tried Flatout Fold-its for your sandwiches?? They are really soft & yummy. I think they are 90 calories. I even use them in place of a bun.
As for cheese, I like laughing cow or any of the 2% cheeses, but others have mentioned... avoid the fat free types! Yuck!
The Canadian bacon is already a better choice than regular back b/c it's much leaner. You can always try turkey bacon if you want to change things up.
I do not drink juice... I get my juice directly from the fruit. Have you considered using a juicer? Then you could control the sweetness of your beverage.



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I have been eating healthy but yesterday I went grocery shopping and now will even eat healthier. I watched a tape that gave healthy choices for Diabetics and if it wasn't on that list I did not buy it. When you shop stick to the outside rows, that is where you will find the healthiest choices, try to avoid the deli, the snuck in on the outside road. Good Luck with you new journey and challenge!

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Now i do not go in box food isle at all. To me it has helped me to buy and eat out of

produce isle and fruit. I stopped on cheese was my downfall and cookies and noodles i do not

eat any or rice or pancake mix.

Eggs high protein i cook every am and 2 slices bacon for meat well done

Lunch is maybe the so called diet soup or raw vegetables or harvest burger some times

Gave up Tyson and all breaded foods. Gave up pork chops and ham .

I drink with splenda or water or coffee

All vegetables and most fruits . I do not eat corn now at all or cereal

Gave up butter and sugar .

Chicken breasts are rare now too i was on to much meat.

I never drank milk but chose dannon light yogart. Very good at 100 a cup and you can add your

own fruit to it .

Crackers are only wassa huge and 3 are 70 calories but i eat often one and stop i do not ear

bread unless sara lee diet 45 a slice.

Hope this helps

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I always find I am scrambling for foods and dishes with high protein and low carbs in it. HELP!!!! PLEASE!

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I don't agree with the comment that the bad stuff is cheap compared to healthy. For some things, yes it is true, but not everything.

For example:
We used to eat those Pasta Roni box mixes for sides. When I started eating healthier and paying more attention to what (and how much) I was eating, I realized how much sodium was in them. I decided to try something different. I found a really good angel hair pasta that has a ton of servings in it for not much more than the price of 1 package of Pasta Roni. I can then add whatever seasonings I want and a little bit of butter (or other fat such as olive oil something similar). Per serving the cost is less this new way, but you have to get creative and do more work. Those things sell well because they are convenient and the cost isn't much but when you consider a normal box is only about 2-1/2 to 3 servings (not enough for a family of 4 so you would need 2 boxes), This really isn't saving any money but wasting it because then more than likely the extra servings would result in overeating or going to waste since they don't always reheat well.



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4/28/13 2:45 P

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I agree with JenBench. Real whole food, the foods that come in their packages that nature gave them are best. I'm never certain what has been added after the over processing of some of the processed foods. emoticon

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The best thing you can do, in my opinion, is to look at the ingredient list. If you can't picture an ingredient in its whole form - do you really want to be eating it? Those lean cuisines may be easy, but half of it is preservatives and crap you can't pronounce. Eat real, whole food and your body will thank you emoticon



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I always switched to alternatives .. Instead of yogurt .. Grab greek yogurt. Instead of milk i prefer silk or blue almond.. Or ground turkey is really good.. And get a lot of veggies.. Fruits.. Want a quick snack? Cut those up and put them in the fridge.. Bottled waters.. Make sure you always got water on hand.. I cut out juices.. Too much sugar.. Unfortunately all the bad stuff for you is super cheap versus the healthier alternatives are a little pricier.. But as they say , you are what you eat..



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I made English muffins from scratch last week--I used half whole wheat and half regular flour so that they had more fiber. You make them on a grill on top of the stove almost like you would make pancakes, and because you can make whatever size you want, you can control the calorie count! They were really easy and tasted so much better than the ones from the store.

As for Canadian bacon, the brand I buy is 20 calories a slice, hard to get much lower than that. I think the brand is Jones. As for cheese, I agree with the people who say eat real cheese, just eat less of it; if you use a sharp cheese, it tastes like you're getting more than you really are.


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bags of fruit and veg

Happiness is there if you chose it.


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Healthy Choice Frozen Greek Yogurt (the flavors are soooo yummy and it tastes creamy like real ice cream)



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I am probably singing to the choir here, but I have found that the Kashi cereals have better staying power than Cheerios, for example. Kashi brands are getting to be more common, and are more likely now to be on sale, so it does not feel like it's in the "overpriced organic" catagory.



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My staples are: Low sodium soups, whole grain breads, fresh vegetables, nuts, plain greek yogurt, low fat cottage cheese, quinoa, lentils, and soymilk

There is no passion in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living. ~ Nelson Mandela

Always do what you're afraid to do ~George Bernard Shaw


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Lots of fresh vegetables and mountain bread.



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Flat out wraps

If you will do what you CAN.... God will do what you CAN'T.

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orange juice- try Trop50 (8oz = 50 cal)
english muffins- I like the lite multigrain fiber version (100 calories 9g fiber)
sliced cheese - prefer the real deal but you can try the Laughing Cow cheese spreads, or use
shredded cheese and use less.
canadian bacon- can't help you here, maybe ham slices?

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I make not-egg mcmuffins all the time (my husband named them, sadly...). Calorie count of them came out to less than 300 calories, so I'd say if you eat these you're doing pretty darn good on your breakfast, though you should add a piece of fruit to balance out the meal. You don't HAVE to go with OJ or oranges, do you? Go with kiwi or strawberries if you're simply looking for the vitamin C, but there's lots of other ways to get it in your diet. Red bell peppers, for instance.

Anyway, I buy these ingredients from Sam's Club for my sandwiches:
Thomas whole wheat english muffins or the ones with added fiber, I'm not picky
Oscar Meyer canadian bacon (it won because it was the right shape)
Smoked gouda slices (also won because it was the right shape, but it's oh, so tasty)
Eggs - I get the brown ones when they're there, Eggland's Best if they're out

I also use muffin rings to cook the eggs (use plenty of cooking spray) so they cook up the right shape, and then assembly is a breeze.

Sometimes I'll also saute a sliced onion, or an onion and a bell pepper, and add that to the sandwich for a little bit of veggie count. That works out really well.

Anyway, yes, the cheese has fat, but you NEED some fat in your diet. Just make sure it comes from good sources and you don't have too much of it.

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The Farmer's Markets are opening back up, so I hit the market then plan my weekly meals based on what I pick up at the market. I supplement what isn't available yet with frozen. I have a long-ish commute so I have a smoothie for breakfast (berries/oatmeal/greek yogurt) and I am set until lunch. I also make sure to have at least leafy green salad a day, but try to get one with both lunch and dinner.

I am moving away from fake food and will eat a smaller portion of real cheese instead reduced fat cheese food.




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I try hard to up my veggies, I buy frozen edamame, cook it in the microwave, then portion it out for the week. Also buy baby carrots and portion those out. Then they're ready to go when I pack my lunch.



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Now that I am not working, and children are all on their own, I find that I am buying more fresh vegetables and fruits i am determined to do 9 a day! Today was the third time this week 9(in as many days) that I have shopped for veggies and fruits. We are eating the prescribed 1/2 plate of raw vegetables, one cooked vegetable plus the protein. That makes a huge difference as to how I shop!


I will go... I will do...


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I've tried to limit dairy and find that avocado on an English muffin is really delicious. You couldn't freeze it but it makes a nice hearty spread with healthy fat. I then put sliced tomato and lettuce on my English muffin. It does taste good with Canadian bacon and it is much better then the fatty bacon.

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A previous poster mentioned mixing orange juice with tonic, which would be okay except that tonic water has calories, too. I find juice to be too sweet, but when I'm craving it, I like to mix it with club soda. Club soda is calorie free and makes the fruit juice especially refreshing because of the bubbles. I like a mixture of about 2/3 soda to 1/3 fruit juice.





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i'm a prolific list maker, so i bring a VERY detailed list to the grocery store and only buy the items on it (a hard task with 3 little ones trying to put extra treats in the cart!). it so easy because i meal plan for the week ahead of time, that way i know exactly what i need to buy to make the 7 meals we will be eating... far less tempting to buy junk or unnecessary treats

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mmm



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Thanks to everyone who suggested P Farm Deli Thins. I got the multi-grain yesterday and they're good! I love their Whole Grain Oatmeal and had tried substituting the Light Oat Bread. It is HORRIBLE!

I belong to a wholesale Costco-type club and was going to quit at renewal time, because I seemed to use it mostly to load up on things like giant bags and boxes of chips, crackers, brownie mixes, etc. Then I found out the Deli Thins are $4 for eight at the regular grocery, but $4.59 for sixteen at the club! At that price the membership will be paid for at least twice over the course of a year.

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