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6/12/17 4:16 A

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I was searching on "Sunday meal prep" and meal prep indirectly requires portion control. Most meal prep techniques involve your storing food, so you use microwavable containers of certain sizes. Well, guess what. These sizes automagically mean you're controlling your portions! Search on "meal prep portion control" or just look at some photos people have taken of their meal prep work.

Meal prep, of course, is a good dieting technique for busy people, since it forces you to plan your meals. It also prevents wasting ingredients, and saves money. Search on "Beginning meal prep".

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6/11/17 7:03 P

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A muffin tin can be used to portion oatmeal, meatloaf, etc. Put the food in the tin then freeze and then remove from tin and place in a ziploc bag in the freezer. Then you can grab the portion you need. I do this with steel-cut oatmeal. I also have a food scale that helps me portion veggies, cheese, nuts, etc.

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6/9/17 1:39 P

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I try to make extra food for dinner and then I portion it into containers for lunch that way in the morning I just grab my containers and go.



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6/6/17 1:17 P

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I measure some at home. But due to my family/career situation, I don't have a lot of time. I tend to keep things around that don't need measured.
Pop Secret 100cal bags of popcorn
Whole pieces of fruit
Individual greek yogurts
Laughing Cow cheese wedges
Eggs
Progresso soups (watch the sodium!)
Wheat crackers that I can just count the crackers
Individual pouches of tuna
I hope this helps someone



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6/2/17 8:07 P

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Like your meal planning ideas! emoticon

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6/2/17 5:08 A

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Great ideas, thanks. When I worked I always packed a lunch at night for my work the next day. I piece fruit, water bottle, salad w/lots of fresh veggies, small piece of cheese, and usually greek yogurt.

At home I always use my scale, measuring cups and spoons and that works pretty well.

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5/27/17 9:20 P

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A couple of things I did for portion control were: using measuring cups and a permanent marker on my grab and go food containers so I knew exactly how much was going in them (not all 1 cup containers hold exactly 8 ounces, right? They SHOULD, but don't ) different types and shapes of containers as well as varying lid types affect how much they hold. And who wants a soup container full to the brim in the microwave? They also make some beautiful measuring spoons that are nice on the table for measuring as you have your meal (for home, not travel or work, lol). And my favorite "trick" for meals at home was to go buy myself some pretty vintage plates in thrift shops. Plates used to be MUCH smaller than we use now. And pretty dishes just make you feel better about your food. I know I'm less likely to overfill a plate that has a pretty design on it. emoticon I also started buying smaller eggs than I used to, my brain still says I had 2 eggs, but 2 medium eggs is closer to 1.5 large eggs' worth of calories. Smaller servingware and dishes seems to be the biggest help for me. Good luck! I hope you find things that work for you.

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5/24/17 3:37 A

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Thanks for sharing such great advice.

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Thanks for sharing such great advice.

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For my lunches, I do a few different things:

Leftovers, I used them in a way to make them palatable for me. If it is chicken I chop it up, put it with greens and a ton of veggies, sometimes even some fruit and have a salad. Or mash up some avocado, mix it up with some other veggies and such and make chicken salad, (you can use mayo, I just don't).

Grab and go, I often have some frozen smoked salmon on hand. I grab that with a small cucumber, half an avocado, and have deconstructed sushi, with usually some other vegetable (pepper, something)

Today I have a grilled salmon filet with greens and veggies in a salad form.

Tomorrow, I will use some leftover meat from tonight!



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5/18/17 10:22 A

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I use a smaller plate



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5/16/17 1:58 P

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Hi Anna,

This is a great question! I know some of the things I regularly do, but always need ideas on what else to do! So I'll share my stuff, and check in to get more ideas from others.

I like a salad --
-baby greens
-a sprinkle of cheese (I personally like feta and goat)
-a bit of something sweet like dried fruit
-nuts/seeds (pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, pretty much any nut)
-protein: a hard boiled egg or rotisserie chicken
-dressing

A super easy soup is:
-1 can pumpkin puree
-1 can coconut milk
-1 can white beans, rinsed well
-powdered ginger, onion, garlic
-a squirt of lime juice (I use Realemon)

Frozen fruit can be mixed and let to defrost. Just make sure it's a leakproof container!

Chips and chocolate are my weakness.
-I love salt n vinegar chips, so got individual 1.5 oz packs of salt n vinegar almonds. But there are other nut mixes, and some in smaller sizes.
-For chocolate, I get Lily's stevia-sweetened chocolate bars (I like milk chocolate with almond) and have a 1/4 to 1/2 a bar in my lunch, depending on my calories for the day.

And I keep herbal tea bags at work. That helps me actually drink water!



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5/16/17 9:04 A

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When I was still working I'd pack a sandwich and a salad and fruit. Or soup and salad. Always had fruit.
BTW, it is good to stop and eat - even a short break is good for the mind, body, and soul.

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5/16/17 4:30 A

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I practice portion control as well. My best tool is my scale and preportioning foods for "grab and go" convenience. It takes a little work the first day but after that I have portion controlled food ready to eat.

For instance, on my cook/prep day (usually on the weekend), I will fix vegetables (cabbage, Brussels sprouts, broccoli) in 3-4 servings and then I store them in individual portion sizes So during the week my veggies are done. I will portion my deli turkey into two ounce portions (1 serving) and put them into sandwich bags and put the sandwich bags back into the original package. I do the same with my cheese slices. Again, open, grab, go. I make 6 boiled eggs a week because they are great in garden salads, egg salad or just as is for a quick snack. You get the idea. Like I said work on the first day but after that smoothing sailing for packing for breakfast or lunch.

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Measure and weigh and then pack. I love cut carrots, sliced cucumbers, and sliced red, green or orange bell peppers and generally eat them with hummus.

Soups or salads is a great way to go as well, and then add a piece of fruit.

If you need a snack, an ounce of cheese along with another piece of fruit is good too.

Hard boiled eggs, maybe smoked salmon or sardines with sourdough bread is one way to get your omega 3s.

And if you want really good skin, hair, nails, bones, and connective tissues, use Vital Proteins, (it can be ordered online), and use 1 scoop of the Vital Proteins, with 1/8 teaspoon of salt to activate the amino acids, 1 cup of orange juice, not concentrated and not with pulp along with 1 cup of water, mix well and add some ice to it. Sip on this all day. It will also help with any inflammation and your gut too. Collagen is great for leaky guts as well.

Hope this helps.

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Thank you. I will check them out.

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5/15/17 2:06 P

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The jaxx website has a blog with recipes that fit in their lunchboxes. It might be worth checking out. Also, check out:
ziploc's website
bentology.com
whatlisacooks.com (these are for kids but can be adjusted easily for adults)
planetbox.com
Also, put "bento box" or "meal prep" into the search bar on pinterest and you'll find loads of ideas :)


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For Mother's Day I told my DH I wanted a new lunch box/bag. I also told him I was going to start walking after work today. Although he declared he was NOT buying me a lunch box for Mother's Day, he did. Not just ANY lunch box. He got me a Jaxx Fit Pak. It comes with a shaker bottle, 4 2-cup container, 2 1-cup container with lids & an ice pack.

I normally eat my breakfast & lunch at work.

I want to start packing the night before. What are good foods & portions to have during the day? Something easy due to the fact I rarely actually TAKE a lunch. I am normally eating while working.

Thank you in advanced.

Anna

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