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9/26/07 1:08 P

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Using ground turkey for burgers is great as is the high fiber buns. I learned to pay a little more for ground white meat turkey, as the packaged turkey contains fat and skin and is almost as high in calories and fat as beef. I usually try to cook all of a package at once, because if I don't, the rest gets pushed back in the fridge until I smell that 'odd' aroma. Just part of the challenge of cooking for one, I guess!

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9/26/07 12:48 P

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RJPere - Your last sentence is the exact reason I feel like I fail...all or nothing.

It's hard to combat that, isn't it?

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9/26/07 12:41 P

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I've got a great suggestion for the cheeseburger cravings, Pearlsgirl. Recently I made turkey burgers on the new Mrs. Baird's 7-grain buns. Two people can get two meals out of it, but at least it doesn't create TONS of leftovers. But a 1-pound package of ground turkey works perfectly for four 1/4 pound patties with the 4 buns. I had a selection of toppings available: fresh spinach leaves (I prefer these to lettuce, but lettuce would work), tomatoes, onions and avacado slices. Pile high with the good veggies, a patty and a bun. My hubby likes mustard, so it's not such a challenge, but I prefer mayo. Instead, I had a tablespoon of mango-lime salsa to give my burger a little kick. I generally keep around some Jarlsburg swiss slices (although I didn't even miss the cheese on these burgers), and you can add those without any guilt. Runs around 400 to 500 calories for a really incredible, filling burger (with the cheese). And they've passed the taste test - the other day, I mentioned them to my hubby and said, "I can make burgers almost as good as Fudruckers," and he said, "Actually, I think yours were better"!

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9/26/07 12:40 P

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Tiffany, you are right. Flexibility is good. I have trouble with that, and I've had to learn that it is ok to have the tostada on Thursday instead of Friday! I guess I've been a sort of all or nothing person. If I didn't follow the plan perfectly then I didn't do it at all. (Didn't work)
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9/26/07 9:56 A

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I usually plan enough meals for a week, but I don't designate a day that I'll eat them on. That way, I've got the stuff to make a healthy (and usually very quick) meal on hand, but I can also choose what I feel like that day.

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9/25/07 1:41 P

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The idea of using a full recipe is a good one. Cook once...eat all week! Sometimes on Sunday afternoon I'll cook a casserole and some veggie side dishes that can be reheated and still taste good and they keep me going for the week. I have to have some changes every day to keep things interesting. I know I probably should eat oatmeal every morning, but I like the change-up of having toast some days and an egg on other days, etc. I like variety!

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9/25/07 1:03 P

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I use the SP Nutrition Tracker and I'm in my second week of planning a day ahead. It's easy for me for 5 days anyway, since I have the same thing for breakfast and lunch (lunch may change by the week but it will probably be the same for that week) and then pick dinner and then put in my snacks. Today, I actually have a lowfat yogurt instead of fat free (oops) so 80 more calories than I thought or planned, but I'm still within my calorie range.

Last week I cooked on Sunday night. Halved the recipe so I had three meals, which isn't too many, and then alternated with frozen foods. I'm not yet up to freezing my own, but it's better than frozen every night.

This week I didn't cook anything. I had to make a day trip on Saturday and just didn't get the planning done. However, I did plan on making quesadillas some nights and frozen other nights. Should be okay.

I'm with Sandy, batch is a good idea if you're single and can do it. 6 days of food without space in the freezer is too much, but three days is doable.

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9/25/07 12:35 P

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Arindana - I used to plan a week ahead, but I never stuck to it. It might be rainy on Tuesday and I'll feel like soup rather than a sandwich or salad.

I buy the basics when I shop, and if I need something else for my evening's meal, I stop on the way home at the grocery store, park as far from the store as I can, and run in to get the peas or tomatoes or whatever I need.

On a daily basis, I seem to stick to the plan better.

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9/25/07 12:31 P

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That's one thing I always have trouble with... the eating plan. I figure if I can plan the day the night before I'm doing well. My goal (one day) is to plan a week in advance.

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9/25/07 12:31 P

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Ya know,cooking for 1-2 doesn't always mean using the pared-down recipes.For instance,I make my oatmeal in a small (3-1/2 qt) slow-cooker,and that's breakfast (or even a snack)for 4 days! And,of course,chili and soup always taste better when you make 4-6 servings.I've frozen chili in single-serving containers with good results.

So when you plan ahead,you can sometimes SAVE time in the kitchen.I like that!

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9/25/07 12:17 P

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Thanks, I'll surely appreciate all the help.


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9/25/07 12:05 P

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ROBERTA~

I knew you used the Kraft site,but I guess I didn't know you were on the WW site too. Double indemnity, huh? You can't go wrong with that pair!

You're doing so good...and I'm NOT! I'm hoping that this site will inspire me.

Sandy

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9/25/07 12:03 P

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PEARLSGIRL-

We'll be your conscience,too! Like a 12-step program for Sparkers. Oh...I guess they do have OverEaters Anony. But this way,all you have to do is sign on to your PC,and here we are! I'm up late,if you have any midnight cravings.

You've organized,and that is very important for reaching goals...you'll go far!

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9/25/07 11:15 A

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You are so right! I like to have the meals in mind for about a week if possible. Sometimes it's only two or three days. I like even better to let someone else do the planning for me. Example, the Kraft site has meals for a week at a time with an option to change any of them you don't like. Of course, I am a Weight Watchers member and the online website has meals for two weeks at a time. Naturally, one can use the SparkPeople meal plans the same way. Any of them you don't think you'd like just delete and put something else in. I'll be honest, I don't know if SP has a shopping list option, but that is a good thing for me, too.

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9/25/07 11:13 A

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Well, I bought one of those essay books like we used in high school (black and white mottled) and I also bought a tiny, little one (both available at Walmart). In the big one, the night before I make a list of meals I'd like to make and eat, and in the little one that I carry around with me, I keep track of what I actually ate. In the small one, I put 1100 calories (or less some days) at the top and as I eat, I minus the calories.

I find that by planning the night before, I can stop some of the "mouth hungry" choices - "My mouth feels like eating a cheeseburger and wouldn't that be yummy, but look in my book! I'm supposed to have whole wheat bread with sliced turkey and tomatoes!"

Sometimes it helps, sometimes the cheeseburger wins.

I live by myself, so I don't have anyone encouraging me to not eat the Cheerios at 10:30 at night - the essay book has become my conscience.

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9/25/07 11:00 A

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For me,one of the most important steps in my program is meal planning.But it can also be time-consuming and tedious.If you don't plan,you don't know what to buy at the grocery store,what to thaw out,and you're asking yourself,"What am I going to eat for supper?" This can lead to impulisive and inappropriate food choices.

So how does everybody do their menu planning? Optimally,I like to use the tracker,but I can always think of anything I want to do besides that...like clean the toilet,lol!Any advise or ideas?

Sandy

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