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NEWYORKCHICK
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3/30/14 10:42 A

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A little of both. I always have the same thing for breakfast (oatmeal with raisins and 1 T. of either almond or peanut butter). For the rest of my meals, I switch between probably like 15-20 tried and true favorites where I know the calorie count and know these are good things for me to eat. Snack is usually a larabar or luna protein bar, but all different flavors.

Consistent variety is my approach, I guess... Lol. Or varied consistency :)

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3/30/14 7:14 A

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Variety...I like food, I like to try recipes, I like to experiment. But having said all of that, I keep a bunch of my standard "fall back, safe foods" around so that when I need a quick snack or a quick lunch to take to work I can just grab and go so I don't grab cookies. lol

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Both for me too! I love to cook and try new recipes every week but I have my old stand by meals...I pre-plan so it makes tracking and shopping easier but always wait for the sales ads on Tues evening to plan for the week. It's going to get scary with the price of beef and pork and produce and dairy heading to record levels because of the drought-cattle herds sold off, a weird disease that killed almost a whole generation of baby pigs and weird weather for the produce. I do catering so stay on the market trends and shop with a wholesaler and food broker and it's going to be really pricy by summer!

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Yes~I like that Carla emoticon


'The brave may not live forever — but the cautious do not live at all!"


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3/27/14 4:23 P

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Consistency until the habit & self control has been established & then variety.

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3/26/14 1:51 P

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As the cook in our house for myself,hubby and four(now grown) kids, I took it upon myself to provide variety and balance to all the meals. I LOVE to cook and would set menus and grocery lists accordingly. I would also panic and freak out if someone else used something that I was saving for a recipe later in the week. emoticon My kids were afraid to cook for themselves and as they got older and developed different tastes, it became like running a restaurant from my home. It wasn't until a few years ago, doing a diet with hubby, in which he lost 25 pounds-and I lost NONE emoticon that I realized I didn't have to provide variety and theme dinners EVERY NIGHT OF THE WEEK. Took alot of the pressure off me emoticon and I learned that leaving some meals the same each day is less stress.


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3/25/14 2:59 P

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Consistency works best for me! Creating, selecting and preparing small, healthy meals that I enjoy eating, but nothing TOO exciting so I am not tempted by a craving rather than hunger.

I actually eat the same menu pretty much all week, then switch it up the next week if I feel like I want to try something new. Here is the full meal plan for weight loss this week:
findingyourfitplace.com/2014/03/25/meal-pl
an-my-daily-menu-to-support-fat-burning/


And here is a meal plan that you can actually customize based on goals, tastes and preferences. It combines consistency and a little variety. So you can do what works for you! I call it the "SPRING CLEANING MEAL PLAN"
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Enjoy!

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STLCARDSFANS05
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3/25/14 10:40 A

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variety for sure



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I usually stick to consistent food choices. I know a lot of people get bored with it easily, but I find it helps me to know what I am consuming and eventually eat less when I get tired of the same things everyday. There have been studies to show consistency can help you lose weight since you always know what you are intaking, but I am lucky to be the kind of person who could eat the same thing everyday be just fine. I change it up every few weeks on the snacks, but it is always the same rotating options.



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I'm a mix of both. I will happily eat tuna daily for lunch but I mix things up by adding different veggies to the tuna salad. Quinoa is another favorite and again I add different veggies to it when I make it up in bulk.

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I tend to do better with weight loss if I am consistent with the same foods. Unfortunately I then get bored and go on a splurge. I am trying to not lose weight as fast this time and work in foods that I love during the week.

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i would say consistency to healthy eating choices, variety of the fruit and vegetables you eat



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3/23/14 2:09 P

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During the week I generally stick to consistent meals. It is easier to pack for work. Weekends I eat whatever I am interested in as long as I stay within my limits.



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3/23/14 1:30 P

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I love variety. To me there's nothing as interesting as different flavors and different cuisines. However, I'm selective in which meats I'll eat, so that part is consistent.

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I find that if I stick to the same foods I eat less. If I keep a variety of foods in the house I tend to want to have some of everything. Even too much healthy food can make you gain.



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I think for me, a big part of the draw of consistency is that I know what I'm getting in to (calorie- and nutrient-wise) when I eat something I've had a hundred times before. It's easier to mentally tally up my day when I stick to the same foods. But I get bored pretty quickly doing that.



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BOTH!

...LOL...

I have to stay away from most processed foods because of my kidney issues. There are severe limitations on dairy and certain other categories of food, so I do tend to buy the same items over and over, but there are an almost infinite number of ways to combine them. Chicken, salmon or tuna, an occasional steak; limited amounts of rice, pasta, baby potatoes, beans and/or lentils and soy products, and white bread (emoticonsad to say, the best choice for kidney patients at this time), bell peppers, carrots, onions, mushrooms (RAW, if you please! LOL) scallions, daikon, peas, corn, ... and spices like cinnamon, coriander, turmeric, parsley, sage, thyme (I tried rosemary, did not care for it--personal tastes vary lol), basil, oregano, crushed red peppers, cracked black and white peppercorns... SO many to choose from, and some with major health benefits!

I, too, cook for one, but I will make a fair sized batch, so if there's company unexpectedly I am covered--but I can also eat a dish for several days running without getting bored...I'll also occasionally add another ingredient to change the flavor of a dish the second time around--and I can freeze any excess for later.

If you are inquisitive and open to new things, you can use your imagination to expand your repertoire without changing the things you buy...

Currently I'm experimenting with Asian and Middle Eastern cuisines... and I'm still looking for some old Irish and Scottish and English recipes, like boxty, and baked eggs, and the recipe for Yorkshire pudding that my English professor's wife made... yum. (Just FYI for those who don't know, this is NOT a dessert item, folks, it's usually served with roast beef and topped with white sauce or GRAVY...)

You can do a lot and still stay on track if you use your imagination.

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Ralph Waldo Emerson said 'Life belongs to the energetic.' But you don't have to be frenetic and hyper--some energy is quiet and steady, like a heartbeat... and that works too! LOL

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I cook for one so I do eat the same foods many weeks. I am on Uncle Sam cereal this week with soy milk and a banana sliced into it. Once this box is gone I am switching to oatmeal. I make a batch and nuke it in the morning. This pattern just takes the guesswork and the choices away which results in me being more consistent. Also, if I want something sweet, like yesterday, I go and get one, like frozen yogurt with toppings. I don't bring a box of or make a batch of anything to keep here. Hopefully, as I continue on my journey, I will be able to keep treats and be able to eat just one. Until then, all my sweet eating will be done away from the house. I only had this urge once this week.



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3/22/14 12:06 P

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Like so many others here I tend to eat the same things over and over. However, if I do that long enough I get bored and go on a binge which leads to my blood sugar being totally out of control so I've been working on incorporating some different consistency in there. Yeah, that sounds weird but it works for me.

Example - I love quickie muffins made with flax and almond meals but if I eat the plain ones too often I get very bored with them so I vary the fat, spices and herbs in them so I have some variety. I might eat two small muffins a day but a morning one might have coconut oil, cinnamon and walnuts in it and an evening one might have butter, cheese, and rosemary in it.

I do this with my 'cereals' too. One day I might have oat bran (not the commercial cereal, just the bran) with a small amount of yogurt, chopped apple and cinnamon mixed in. Another day I might have wheat bran with a few blueberries.

Eating the same things over and over helps as far as tracking what I eat but the boredom issue can be a serious one so variety really is important for me.

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I tend to eat a lot of the same foods mainly because I just buy the same things when I go shopping. I eat oatmeal almost everyday at around 9:30am while sitting at my desk at work, but my lunch differs from day to day.

One of my roommates in college ate the same things pretty much every day for the two years I lived with her. We had an amazing dining hall, so there were a lot of different options every day, but no, same food. Of course, she ran every day and weighed all of a buck ten sopping wet, so I guess it worked for her.

I'm not a very adventurous or experienced cook, so perusing the healthy recipes here helps to open my eyes to new things I can try and possibly add in to my meal options.

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I pretty much do a combo of both!

Eggs, coffee, Turkey bacon, are pretty much my go to for breakfast. If i want variety, I will throw in spinach, salsa, cheese, avocado, etc....wrap it in a flour tortilla, corn tortilla or english muffin....depends on my mood and what I have on hand.

But I also have back up in the form of frozen meals, so if I am tired of having chicken and veggies I will pop one of those in the microwave and Ive something different for dinner.



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3/21/14 11:30 A

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A little of both. My breakfast usually consists of a green smoothie made with coconut water, greens, banana, berries and protein powder. This starts me out with a lot of nutrients and it makes me feel good. Salad for lunch when I am being good..and dinner can vary, if I don't eat an afternoon snack tho, by dinnertime I am in trouble..i get way too hungry. I love looking at the Spark recipes!



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3/21/14 2:22 A

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I also eat the same breakfast everyday...yogurt,some lite fit granola and some fresh fruit.......sounds like you both are doing something right!!!



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Variety, so that I get a wide spread of vitamins and minerals. We do eat leftovers but I try to add something fresh on those days. We are retired and find that eating our main meal for lunch works best for us. Breakfast has less variety then other meals and snacks. My husband has lost 19 pounds since January and I have lost 9. Tracking what we eat is really the key.

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I probably lean more on the side of consistency. I work in the morning and evening every other day of the week and go to school on the off days so my menu alternates accordingly. Workdays: breakfast of yogurt, fruit and coffee; lunch of some kind of healthy low-cal veggie-filled soup and maybe a salad, snacks vary a little based on seasonal fruits or whatever was on sale! I usually have string cheese and probably a Fiber One bar (my candy bar!) for another snack later in the day. Dinner is usually broiled fish, grilled or baked chicken and sometimes lean pork with brown rice and green beans or broccoli or black beans, etc. On school days I have a fruit and kefir smoothie for breakfast, a fancy salad for lunch (change up the mix-ins!), fruit and nuts for snack and a turkey-and-cheese-on-wheat sandwich for dinner. On the week ends is when I throw in a little variety or surprise, it keeps things from being boring but the consistency during the week is what keeps me sane and on track with my calories! Do what works for you... :)



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Variety, but controlled. The worst thing about variety is that our brain does not get satiety sensation when there's a lot of different options to eat, but of course we may get more nutrients from such a variety. So we have to pre-check, even weekly, among all the options and behave ourselves.



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You must have food variety with a few staples in between. (salads, Greek yogurt, Atkinson bars, freezer meals etc) but if its only these things, you are most definitely gonna go off the wagon with few exceptions because of boredom..

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Most thin people I know are very regimented on what they eat everyday. pretty much the same 3 choices for B-L-D. It is only once in a great while they go off the regiment but only for one meal.
I prefer verity and maybe that has been a detriment to my success. Not planning meals ahead of time. Eating what I feel like eating the spur of the moment without thought or consideration….aka going off the regiment. …..just my opinion.


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A little of both I think, never limit yourself. If you like what you eat and enjoy it great! If you feel like trying something new it may become a new favorite!



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For breakfast I eat the same thing daily for the most part, multigrain cheerios with cut up bananas and 3/4 cup skim milk. For lunch I make whatever I will bring to work on Sunday and I mix that up week after week. Snacks tend to stay the same, and dinner I cook a new recipe every couple of days. I need variety or I think I'd die.



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I'm a creature of habit, and it's so far working well, so I pretty much stick to it.

I've eaten the same breakfast every day for over a year: A homemade apple raisin bran muffin. I make them every 2 weeks, individually wrap and freeze them, taking one out to defrost the night before.

My work lunches as well as home lunches have been unchanged for many months: 2 cups of blueberries with 1 cup of cottage cheese. It's been at least 4 months since I started eating this, and every day I still find it unbelievably delicious. LOL I even eat this for dinner sometimes.

When I don't eat that for dinner, I do get creative with dinners so it isn't always the same thing every day.



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Variety for me. I love to try new things and with the recipe calculator it is easy to make a recipe fit my calorie range. This way, I never get bored. Boredom leads to unhealthy eating for me.

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I am consistent during the week. I prepare for the week on Sunday by cutting, washing and bagging fresh fruits (strawberries, kiwi, grapes, pineapple). Easy to grab and take to work for snacks. Salads for lunch or tuna and fruit. Smoothie or yogurt for breakfast and usually grilled chicken and a vegetable for supper. Takes less time and less thought if I have it all planned out ahead. Makes grocery shopping easier too because I basically get the same thing each week.
Weekends I tend to vary a little or allow some indulgences.



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It sounds dull, but consistency makes eating healthy sooo much easier for me. Each week, I tend to pick a couple dishes I really like and have them for a bit - I may change it up the next week, I may not. Thinking too much about food on a daily basis makes me feel obsessive and stressed, so it's easier for me personally to have a general idea of what I'm gonna have. Also, if I get hungry and don't have something on hand, it may lead to cruddy food choices, which in turn, may lead to a binge (good lord, I love binging on awful food).



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Good day everyone...it looks as though most have chosen the variety which is also my choice. I am now at the point in my diet where I am working on keeping 10 of fhe tracking items whithin the recommended guidelines for nutritional reasons. I found that when I vary my foods some of my nutrional values fall far short like magnesium, and potassium and others like Vitamin A I go way over. My food preferenses when varied affect how much energy I feel that day or whether I have leg cramps that night. I'm now in the process of tweeking each days tracked food aiming for keeping each 10 of fhe tracking items whithin the recommended guidelines. Once I figure it out so that I have a weeks worth of foods I like then I can use thoes meals as a constant diet knowing I've done every thing I can to make sure I'm nutritionally balanced. Then I can keep looking for different recipes that fit into the daily diet that I like and use it to switch up for variety again.

To me HEALTH means Energy. Stamina. Flexibilty. A relatively pain free body. Enjoying healthy food. You are your body, and your weight loss efforts will succeed exactly to the extent that you mange to do the work on behalf of your embodied self. You’ll do much better when you focus on making positive changes to improve your health and well-being, rather than on fighting your bad habits.


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Definitely variety! For me, lots of times, even if I like something, If I've had it a lot lately it's not that appealing to me. BUT I love to try new foods! I'll try (just about) anything food-wise once!



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Variety is the spice of life and even with leftover, you can get very creative! Loving the soup options you can make!
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My DH & I are retired - we never have a repeat of the day before - actually every day is different. I do love to cook & find that variety is the way to go for me. DH could lose 10# but he doesn't keep track of his food. When he is home he eats what I eat - when he leaves the house he chooses what he wants which doesn't always fit in with what a diabetic should follow.
Back to the variety of foods -- the colors, shapes, textures, savory vs. sweet, hot, cold -- I even read cookbooks & can almost taste the recipe as if I had made it.
My goal is to follow portion control -- I could even gain weight eating good nutritious food but the portions could be off the chart. I have eaten a bag of carrots & the color orange was not my best hue.
Portion control has helped me to reach my first goal today ahead of schedule. Had wanted to lose 6lbs. by my 73rd birthday on April 10 -- now I am on to the next 6lbs.



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For me, absolutely variety.

I went on my first diet and exercise program with my dad years ago and it required a very strict diet. Plain chicken, plain broccoli, plain everything. For the most part we had to pretty much eat the same things every day. I never knew chicken could taste so bland! Anyways I lost weight but was really unhappy and felt sick. My dad on the other hand could eat the same food and not care.

Also to add there was one day out of the week where you could eat anything and I noticed myself yearning for that day to come. Which meant that if I stopped the diet I would go nuts with eating and just ruin anything I accomplished.

I did not continue that program's diet, but I learned to know when I am full, and when I'm really hungry. I take things in moderation now. All that with having variety in flavors and food. Also with Sparkpeople I list what I'm eating to better see what I'm taking in. But that's just me personally, it won't work for everyone.




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I like being consistent with my food for the most part, when I get a little bored then I switch it up with other foods. I have a rotating cast of choices to pick from but I am vegetarian/vegan most of the time so its fairly easy to figure out for the week~

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Another vote for consistency here! I find that the less I have to the think about food, the better off I am. So, breakfast, snacks and supper are all consistent with dinner (which I eat at lunch time, just to confuse matters!) a rotating selection of favourite meals. I tend to cook 2-4 servings of each dinner and freeze the extras - less cooking, less dishes to wash (love your dishwasher - trust me, you don't know what you've got till it's gone!!) and less overall hassle. I try to organize myself once a week to keep my routine going. If I don't make the time to do this and instead plan my meals day to day, I start thinking about all the other foods options I could be having and that's a path I don't need to retread - I know I don't like what's at the end of it!!



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Consistency wins for me...for so many reasons. I live alone and feed just myself. I find things that are easy to make and make a lot, then eat it all week. Or for a few weeks. Then I move on to something else for a few weeks.

Then there are the snacks I have just about every day: veggies and hummus, yogurt, banana or apple with peanut butter, dark chocolate. These are things I LOVE to eat and that work for me, so I don't want to mess with them too much. Heck, I've had the same breakfast just about every day this year. It makes my mornings easy; no need to make that decision over and over.

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I'm just starting out (a week tomorrow). As a foodie who keeps to the same foods (consistent), a few days into the program I started thinking about new kinds of foods, which completely surprised me. Since I set goals that allow me to be happy and are positive, I think my tendency now is to open up, as I understand that I'll need to depend on more and different foods to lessen obsessions with or criticisms against certain foods.

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i eat the same breakfast every day but sunday which is choc chip pancake day. lunch and dinner vary greatly, snack i rotate between 5 or 6



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I tend to eat pretty much the same breakfast every day of the week except Saturday mornings, when I often go out for breakfast. Lunch is a selection of soups of stews that I have cooked in the slow cooker and frozen in to make my lunches easier for work. Supper is my variety meal :)

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i'm a little of both as well. during the week my breakfast and lunch are usually quite similar - breakfast is either oatmeal w/ fresh fruit or whole grain toast w/ peanut butter, lunch is usually chicken w/ fresh vegetables & a yogurt. supper and weekends are my variety meals, that being said, i probably eat 4-5 salads for supper each week, but i vary the ingredients in them. (i love veggies, what can i say!?!)



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Variety, I try to eat different healthy foods everyday!



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Breakfast is the same every day. Lunch is mostly the same; leftovers, yogurt, and fresh veggies.



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I tend to be more consistent when I'm trying to eat healthily. When I let myself go or I splurge a little, my diets more varied. I think one of my problems is that there's less healthy food in the house so when I try to eat better, there are fewer choices for me. No one else seems interested in joining me in my weight loss effort, so they can have their chips and candies.

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I just read an interesting comment-we crave the foods we eat. I have to agree. I'm really into consistency during the week because it makes my preparation so much easier. Weekends, I like to experiment a little with new recipes



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I TEND TO BE CONSISTENT FOR 2 MEALS OF THE DAY BUT LIKE TO EXPERIMENT WITH OUR MAIN MEAL.

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I rotate 2-3 different breakfasts, 2-3 lunches, around 10+ different snacks and anything goes for dinner because I have a family to cook for. I just track it all and keep in my ranges. I can say that having a bunch of different choices makes it easier for me to stick with it and lose weight.

Another person from work has eaten the same stuff over and over again for two months and he is going off the deep end.

My philosophy has always been: depriving yourself of an entire food group or never eating foods you love will only lead to failure. Eat what you want, but TRACK it and ALWAYS stay in your ranges!!

You will then naturally "weed out" foods that just aren't worth it like donuts or fried mozzarella sticks!!



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Variety is good for nutrition and to keep things interesting.

It can be hard on a daily basis.

I usually have similar meals throughout the week, then I go grocery shopping and buy different items and create a new menu.

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Depends on day..... mostly eat same things.

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I consistently choose a variety of foods.

***Vanessa***

"If I had a world of my own, everything would be nonsense. Nothing would be what it is because everything would be what it isn't. And contrary-wise; what it is it wouldn't be, and what it wouldn't be, it would. You see?" - Alice from Alice in Wonderland


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love variety as well as consistency.....I try to do both well...I am not perfect...but I don't give up....



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I usually have same breakfast and lunch. Dinner is a variety of meats and veggies. I find that I can stay on my program when keep things consistent.

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I could easily eat the same thing everyday.. I have started weighing and measuring to teach myself a proper serving size and knowing exactly how many calories I am eating. This works fine for breakfast and lunch but the hubby refuses to eat the same thing for dinner every night LOL. I have been able to teach him about portion sizes though so thats been good.


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I use controlled variety. I have summer vs winter favorites. I use same meals several days sometimes, then go through a season of different meals every day.This winter I discovered I could use lots of sautéed veggies in a cup of organic soup and it really adds to the flavor and bulks it up. I also like low cal versions of seasonal favorites. Summer is the time for yogurt and fruits, sometimes plain, sometimes on diet toast. In winter I like oatmeal, omelets, diet french Toast. These things can cross seasons occasionally as well. Variety within reason helps me make losing or maintaining work.

What I do about my weight expresses how I feel about myself and my relationship with my Lord right now.

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SANDRAPSKI
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I took a look at what I ate when I was heavy or - worse - gaining weight. What I looked for were patterns. I realize the consistency vs variety is always going to be a personal preference kind of thing.

I have a couple of things I have for breakfast consistently (oatmeal or some version of eggs), salads or soup for lunch, and soup or some protein/veggie/carb combination for dinner. I gain weight when portions are oversized and I'm eating based on how I felt five minutes ago ("I'm starving after my workout" instead of "I just had a glass of water and an apple, I'm no longer starving").

I've gained and lost the same ten pounds what feels like a gazillion times. I finally took to heart the phrase, "if you keep doing what you've always done, you'll keeping getting what you've always got." That was why I spent time looking at how I ate when I was heavier.
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Now I go with what a number of people have said, consistent variety. I have set "go to" foods that I eat the majority of the time. If I get bored with one or it's out of season, I switch in a new one. I don't have to overthink and analyze everything that goes in my mouth, I just have to notice. It saves me a huge amount of decision making and planning.

I noticed that when I was heavier, sometimes I ate a variety and excess quantity of food not because I wanted it but because I was searching for something to fill another need (emotional). Now I keep a fairly basic selection of healthy food in the house, for me that includes dark chocolate (grin), and a well stocked freezer. If I really have a hankering for something, oh say a slice of cheesecake, I'll go out and have a slice. One slice. The rest of the cheesecake doesn't come home.



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When I'm tracking, I find consistency a bit easier - I can just copy breakfast or lunch several days in a row, so it's easier to plan. But, variety is good to try new things and not get bored.

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Both!! For weight loss, a consistent structure to my meal timing is key along with the recommended proportion of carbs to protein by my dietician. I am fanatical about the macronutrient ratio in my food. I try to find as many food combos as possible that will achieve my goals.



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My breakfast is consistently shakes chocked full of deliciousness. Lunch & dinner I mix it up. However, if i find a new favorite, I eat it often for a week or so.

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My breakfast is consistently shakes chocked full of deliciousness. Lunch & dinner I mix it up. However, if i find a new favorite, I eat it often for a week or so.

Jen

I will persevere through this journey...

Focus on the blessings and the progress...

Enjoy your life NOW, don't wait!

Make a difference today!


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Like many on the forum, I like variety but find more success, at least in the beginning, with consistency. Eating a salad every lunch can be both - consistent use of lettuce and a variety of veggies toppings to change it up.



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when I am trying to lose I mainly use consistency. I know what works for me/ portion sizes/ getting full. but when I am maintaining, I like variety. Guess that's why I have to go back to consistency so often... emoticon

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I find it's very easy to go off the plan when I introduce too much variety in my eating, so I opt for "consistent variety". There's a range of foods I eat all the time, especially for breakfast and lunch. I tend to mix it up for dinner, but I'm careful that dinner is within my plan.

I love Spark Recipes and have an extensive cookbook saved to help me find variety. I just went there last week because I was bored with my snack options. Spark Recipes gave me a bunch of low-fat, low-calorie, fun alternatives for snacking, and I'm stocking up. It also reminded me of a number of dinner recipes that I haven't tried yet.



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Variety.



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I eat a variety of the same types of food each day. Salad is one meal everyday,



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Both! My breakfast is the same everyday for simplicity - coffee, yogurt and oatmeal....from there I like variety.

Both my husband and I love to cook so changing this lifestyle to a healthier version has brought about the challenge to take foods we love and make them healthier - and to find new dishes we can enjoy.

"When going through Hell, just keep going" - Sir Winston Churchill


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I keep a core of items that I eat at least weekly, especially for breakfast. But for me, variety is the best way to eat nutritious food. If I eat something I like too frequently, it loses its appeal. The exception is breakfast, for which I rarely have the time to actually relax and enjoy the food, so I look for healthy, easy, fast, and convenient in a breakfast food. That way I'll eat it, and not do something stupid like stop at McDonalds for breakfast.

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I'm somewhere in between. I love peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, and they fill me up well, so I have at least one a day. I have three go-to cereals for breakfast (if it's not a PBJ). I alternate my lunch sandwich but always have a yogurt and an orange. My husband and I rotate between about six different dinners for the most part.

Some people would say that's consistent even though there's some variety built in. I find it easier to follow my Spark plan when I know which foods will cost me how many calories on the tracker. I'll know that if I want an 800 calorie dinner, I need to choose lower calorie breakfasts and lunches. Some days I want something extra for lunch, but dinner is smaller.

When I have a few go-to's I know I'm on track and I know how to balance my meals. When I was here the first time, sometimes I would track at the end of the day. It's too easy to have an "oops" when you do it in hindsight. I track ahead of time now.



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I am totally consistent Monday - Friday, just for convenience sake and not needing to plan anything daily. On the weekend, I eat a little different and usually a couple of hundred extra calories.

MAMA_CD...count your blessings!
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I pretty much have the same thing for breakfast each morning, only alternating bacon and sausage and what kind of fruit.

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I was doing the same thing as you and I ended up on a plateau for almost 2 months. So I started varying what I was eating and doing the same with my workouts and I quickly left that plateau behind.

So in my own personal opinion from my experience I would say eating different foods every day and changing things up works better for me.



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I like consistency for breakfast, but gotta change it up for supper (includes lunch as that is just supper leftovers). I just can't think in the morning, so simple is good.

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I get bored eating the same foods day in and day out. I add variety through spices and sauces (lemon basil pesto is one of my new favs on fish). I incorporate veggies as the seasons dictate and I love adding new textures by eating them both raw and steamed.I eat fruits in limited quantity and always have an abundance of apple varieties in the fridge depending on whether I want a sweet or sour snack.

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I need variety and enjoy eating different foods. While I have a salad many days at lunch what I put in the salad is different day to day. The only meal that is sort of similar is breakfast where I have two our three things that I eat; keeps it easy in the morning.
Love thinking of new things to make for dinner.



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I like variety but I do have my familiar fall back meals



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I need variety... I don't do well eating the same things all the time lol

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I'm incredibly consistent on days that I work. I eat a bagel on my way in, take a frozen meal and some fruit for a snack, along with a big bottle of water, to work, then come home and eat usually a homemade burrito or another frozen meal.

I've always been the type of person that can eat the same meal 3 times a day for months without getting bored with it, so that really works for my diet plan. I do change up the frozen meals that I eat for dinner, but I always eat a Lean Cuisine pepperoni pizza for lunch since it doesn't require utensils.

On days off, I usually get more adventurous and cook for my husband and I, but I've found consistency is the best policy for me to lose weight. To maintain, I go for a variety, but to hit my calorie goal every day, I work best when I just eat the same things.

Starting all over again. It's easier the second time, right?


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I agree that variety is important to keep a person from getting bored, but consistency in what nutrients go into a persons body is also important.



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Variety in you food for nutrition, but
consistency in what or how
most plates look like 1/3 protein
1/3 starch where it's high carb
1/2 vegetables
then mini meals in between
3-4 fuits
3 -4 calcium product
3 tablesp. oil
1-2, 2-3,4 oz protein at meals
usually 1 oz in between, veg. & fruit.




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3/4/14 5:25 P

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I believe variety is the spice of life. Keeps me from getting bored.



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3/4/14 4:35 P

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I firmly believe a variety of foods provide better nutrition, and since my focus is to have a healthy Lifestyle, that's what I work towards. My weight loss is part of that Lifestyle....

The concept of consistency comes in the form of making sure each meal is well balanced for carb, protein and fats as opposed to a whole bunch of carbs for one meal, only protein for another, etc. For me, that would be a recipe for disaster! LOL
patti

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HTAMALE
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3/4/14 4:03 P

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I change with the seasons but eat consistently during the week. Weekends are less structured because we tend to eat out or at friends houses where I don't get to choose the menu.

In the summer I like yogurt/blueberries/granola for breakfast, salad for lunch and a simple dinner of grilled protein/veggies/carb.

In the winter I like oatmeal cooked with an apple for breakfast, soup for lunch and something in the crockpot for dinner.

My breakfast and lunch stay basically the same and I don't get bored. Dinner is harder to track.




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3/4/14 12:25 P

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During the work week, I eat a fairly consistent breakfast/lunch/snack menu to keep it simple, especially since hubby and I pack our lunches. Breakfast is a banana and coffee every day, and usually yogurt/fruit/granola Mon/Tues/Thurs/Fri, a cereal of some kind on Wednesday to break up the monotony. Lunch is usually peanut butter and orange marmalade M/T/T/F, ham on W, unless there was a particularly good leftover to take one of those days. Always a side of fruit with lunch, but it varies (apple, orange, fruit cup, peaches, pears...whatever sounds good). Cottage cheese, trail mix, and a cheese stick are scattered throughout the afternoon to keep me from falling asleep at my desk.

It helps a lot because Mon-Fri, I know about how many calories I eat during the day, so it frees me up to have a "whatever sounds good" dinner plan (within reason, of course...unless I have a massive craving for a patty melt ;). I have a notebook with a list of "we really like this" meals to plan from and we try to make something different each night. And if the plan doesn't sound good...we change it.

This works out great Mon-Fri. Our problem is on weekends. I haven't found a good, consistent, workable plan for weekends, and part of the problem is that time - which I should have enough of on a weekend - just gets away from us. Work in progress.



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BRIE322
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I was eating pretty much the same thing every day for several months because it was convenient and cheap. That's how I lost my first 10 pounds. Then I stopped losing weight. Once I changed it up a bit and started learning how to cook different things and trying new fruits and veggies, I started losing weight again. There may have been other reasons for that but I thought it was an interesting correlation.

I still eat the same thing for a week because I live on my own and cook for myself so I make a week's worth of food and then eat it throughout the week. Once I find new things I like I tend to get into a rut again of eating the same things all the time, with the new foods. I think if I hit another plateau I will have to change it up again.

I have to say I was much happier when I started incorporating new foods into my diet, though it took a little bit more effort to keep under the calorie limits.



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3/3/14 8:23 P

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I prepare all foods for Monday to Friday on Sunday. I eat almost the exact same M-F. On the weekend I eat a little differently, less structured and often out. (and usually a couple of extra hundred calories)

MAMA_CD...count your blessings!
"To give anything less than your best is to sacrifice the gift.”
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MRS.DR.SHOT
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3/3/14 6:12 P

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I'm finding it definitely easier to eat right if I eat the same few things I know I like. But as I get a little bored, I'll find a new recipe and try that for a week instead. Just changing up a soup and salad lunch to a slightly different one makes a big difference. I buy different fruits according to what's in season and switch out my apple and pear a day to an orange and grapes or what have you. Also, I make hummus now, which is really filling for a snack or spread and I can change out the flavors with different spices and ingredients.

Lose the weight sensibly, steadily and without deprivation. Being fat is hard. I want a new hard.


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